Here at Pilch & Barnet, we like to eat. So it’s no surprise that we also like to write about eating. Today’s subject: gastronomic travel.
- Gastronomy is a gross sounding word for the study of gourmet cuisine. Being a gastronomist is a step up from foodie.
- Gastronomic tourism is travel with the main purpose of enjoying local foods and beverages. These kind of tourists are usually wealthier professionals between 30-50 and they often spend over a third of their travel budget on food and food-related activities.
- The gastronomic travel market continues to grow, so cater to it (ha, see what I did there?). For example, 40% of international travelers to Portugal list cuisine as a top reason for their visit and 81% leave saying they’re “very satisfied” with the gastronomy. Listening to what travelers want helped tourism there grow 12 percent in 2014, faster than all the rest of Europe.
- Hungry? Here are half a dozen of the best places in the U.S. to visit, guaranteed to satisfy.
- For the finest international experience, word on the street is, Lyon, France is the place you need to be.
We’ve talked a lot about up and coming travel trends on Link Friday. Now it’s time to have a little fun and explore some of the more obscure ones.
- How about this one? “You kill it, we cook it.” Some hotels are offering this service for travelers who want to do some hunting or fishing while they’re away from home. Prices may vary.
- Tiny foodies mustn’t have to compromise while they’re on vacation with mom and dad! That’s why some upscale hotels are now offering gourmet, organic, made-to-order baby foods.
- Have you heard of the “pack it, wear it, leave it” travel trend? Pop some tags at your thrift store back home, wear the clothes on your next travel adventure, then leave them behind for the next person!
- If babies can be catered to on vacation, why not fur-babies? Check out these kennels you might mistake for hotels and some five-star resorts ready to pamper your pet.
Everyone eats when they travel, but have you ever traveled to eat? You just might be a foodie traveler.
- A what? See the definition of “culinary travel” here.
- Here’s the mostly international bucket list for foodie travelers.
- No budget for leaving the country? No problem. There are plenty of amazing options for culinary travelers right here in the good ol’ U.S. of A.
- Let’s go over the role this travel trend plays in tourism.
- There’s a growing segment of foodie travel called agritourism, which includes activities like picking your own fruits and veggies. But it’s really so much more and perfect for epicureans.