Food tours seem to be the up-and-coming thing to do in travel these days. And as new food tour companies keep popping up all over the world, it’s easy to understand why this market is so successful. Whether you’re a die-hard foodie or curious traveler, food tours offer a one of a kind opportunity to get to know a new culture in a unique, hands-on way. So if you’re thinking about joining a food tour during your next trip, here are five reasons why you should book it now.
1. You will learn through food.
No matter what your style of travel might be, food tours provide an experience that every kind of traveler will enjoy. After all, food is the one thing that unites us all. No matter what culture you come from, who doesn’t love eating good food? And that’s exactly what’s so genius about the food tour concept. Learning about a new place (or even your own home) becomes so much more interesting when done through taste.
And because food has always been and will always be one of the most important and interesting things in life, it’s no surprise that you can learn so much about a culture through its cuisine. Food can often tell us stories of history, politics, economics, and traditions within any country or culture.
2. It will introduce you to authentic, local cuisine.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with options while strolling through the center of any city, but the best restaurants are usually the ones you would never think to try on your own. A good food tour will get you away from the tourist traps and into places full of locals that you might otherwise feel too intimidated to enter on your own. With a guide who speaks the local language and can introduce you to the owners of several restaurants, you’ll feel more like a VIP than a tourist.
3. You will be more adventurous with your tastes.
When we travel, it often makes us much more adventurous than we are at home. This applies to our tastes as well– we’re always more likely to try something new while traveling. With food tours, the “when in Rome” attitude kicks in and we oftentimes find that we actually really like foods we would have turned up our nose at in our own city. A food tour will introduce you to so many new and unexpected tastes, and you’ll take advantage of the opportunity to try them all. Plus, you may get to try a few that you’ve never even heard of before.
4. You will find inspiration for the rest of your trip.
There’s no better to start your stay in any city than by taking a food tour. It will introduce you to so many facets of the culture and food right from the start, which will influence your decisions during the rest of your trip. You’ll learn what the locals eat, where they eat, and even their daily eating schedules. Plus, a good guide will always have a list of recommendations you would never find on your own. Start your trip with a food tour and you’ll get to spend the rest of your time in the city as a food expert, hunting down all the best and most authentic locales.
5. Food tours are a great way to meet new people.
Finally, a food tour is not your typical guided tour. Even if tours aren’t really your thing, chances are you will enjoy getting to know the local cuisine this way. If you choose a company that keeps groups small, they will likely be highly focused on customer experience. This means that you’ll have a lovely few hours experiencing a city with your guide and a small group of people that will probably become friends by the end of the tour. If you’re traveling alone, taking a food tour is a great way to meet people and share your holiday together.
So what are you waiting for? Sign up for your first (or next) food tour now! And if you’re planning on visiting Barcelona, I would highly recommend booking a Wanderbeak experience!