Scallop dinner from Cleveland restaurant.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick

“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life—and travel—leaves marks on you.”

― Anthony Bourdain

One of the best ways to experience the world is with the palette. Gastronomy—from food to mixology—has become a popular reason to travel.  Culinary travel is here to stay and marks the strength of a great food experience. Whether finding the best street food to stalls in the market—from local joints to five-star cuisine,  the desire to find the most interesting meals on the planet has become an obsession for many.  As the world has become more diffuse, some of best restaurants are drawing travelers to small towns not known for food.  In many places, wineries, craft breweries and distilleries are providing yet another excuse to indulge in culinary travel.


Spain - Seville Tapas Bar

What a snack from southern Spain tells you about religious persecution

By David Pope

I was eating my favourite sandwich in a tapas bar in Seville when my mind was blown.   Read more

Spain Religious Travel Food & Drink History
Tequila Inside Jose Cuervo. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Following Mexico’s Tequila Trail

By Jackie Jones

Tequila is Mexico’s national drink, and a symbol of citizens’ pride and culture.   Read more

Mexico Food & Drink
sun-sphere-knoxville Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the 1982 World’s Fair

By Melissa Corbin

Driving east on I-40 toward the Great Smoky Mountains, a huge golden ball known as the Sunsphere guides you into downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.   Read more

United States Food & Drink
pork-dish Mamaku style.Wellington New Zealand

The women putting Wellington’s food scene on the map

By Kate Slater

Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, is challenging its much larger sister Auckland for the crown of New Zealand’s best foodie destination. The people behind Wellington’s foodie credentials are a new generation of female chefs and artisan food producers making incredible local food.   Read more

Oceania Food & Drink
Typical Somali dish of fried whole fish, colorful rice sprinkled with raisins and chapati flatbreads. Photo: Cara Siera

Somalia in the States: Finding Immersive Cultural Experiences Close to Home

By Cara Siera

Culture can be explored in many ways — through conversation, clothing, dance, music, and more. As a recipe creator and food photographer, I’m a firm believer that food is one of the most intimate ways to connect with another culture.    Read more

United States Experiences Food & Drink
turks-and-caicos

Discovering and supporting local gems in Turks and Caicos

By Tara Tadlock

Serene white sand beaches. Tropical cocktails garnished with slices of fresh fruit. Catamarans floating through turquoise water. Images like these tend to be the first to come to mind when thinking of the Turks and Caicos Islands. But this tropical destination, which has stringent COVID protocols, has much more than … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Experiences Food & Drink
Iced coffee in Laos. Photo: Tara Tadlock

Coffee in Laos: an Unlikely Pathway out of Poverty

By Tara Tadlock

When people think of Southeast Asia, Thailand and Vietnam often come to mind first. But squeezed between them is Laos, a country covered in dense jungles and lush mountains perfectly suited for growing coffee, a relatively new crop that has grown recently in importance to the nation’s economy.   Read more

Asia Food & Drink Humanity
Ging Tea House dates back to 1864. Photo: Bandita Mukherjee

Ging: Tea Trails in the Himalayan Foothills

By Bandita Mukherjee

Leaving behind the tourist-filled streets of Darjeeling and the lingering whistle of the steam engine of the Heritage Himalayan Railway, our car enters the Lebong Valley. It is a different world altogether.   Read more

India Food & Drink History
duck-for Christmas dinner

Traditional holiday dishes from around the world

By Natalie Hoy

With the holidays approaching, I’m sure all of us already have our holiday dinner menu planned. Today, let’s go on a virtual journey to learn about traditional holiday dishes from around the world.   Read more

The World Events & Festivals Food & Drink
Tbilisi, Georgia - Photo by Hannah Cooper

A Taste of Georgia, The Caucasus

By Hannah Cooper

Located at the westernmost edge of Asia on the crossroads of two continents, Georgia earned itself the evocative nickname of the Balcony of Europe.   Read more

Europe Food & Drink
Casa Mila (Gaudi)

Walking with the Ghosts of the City: A long weekend in Barcelona

By Bianka Cramblit

An ever-evolving city full of history, culture, and a buzzing atmosphere, you can visit Barcelona countless time after time without having the same experience.   Read more

Spain Food & Drink History
Ancient red house in Lucknow

Lucknow: A Melting Pot of Architecture, Culture and Cuisine

By Bandita Mukherjee

Located by the Gomti river, a major tributary of River Ganga, Lucknow is a paradise for explorers with its time-honored architecture, lip-smacking dishes, lyrical zubaan (style of conversation), and world-famous garments.   Read more

India Food & Drink History
Excell Market BBQ in Tennessee. Photo: Melissa Corbin

An American Love Story: Excell Market and BBQ in Clarksville, Tennessee

By Melissa Corbin

Every summer as a child, my father and the other farmers in our small Clarksville, Tennessee community would take their turn as pitmaster.   Read more

United States Food & Drink
The College Street Coffee House in Kolkata, opened in 1942, is housed inside an old building with bookshops all around. Photo: Sugato Mukherjee

College Street Coffee House: Where Kolkata Meets the World

By Sugato Mukherjee

I have come to College Street Coffee House, an iconic café in Kolkata, India, after many years. The small but cavernous entrance of this 19th-century building and its dank staircase has remained just the same.   Read more

India Food & Drink
Apple orchard

Taste the Local Lifestyle with Agritourism

By Breana Johnson

I bend to reach under a blueberry bush, knowing the juiciest berries are hiding underneath, where all the other pickers have missed them.   Read more

The World Agritourism Lifestyle Food & Drink Sustainability