“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.  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 travel.

Napa Valley Wine Train

Unique Christmas-themed Train Ride

If you’re looking for something unique for your holiday travel, consider the Napa Valley Wine Train with its special Santa Train. It’s a Christmas-themed train that’s great for families that travels through the scenic areas of Napa Valley with a bunch of fun activities and snacks for everybody to enjoy.  … Read more   Read more

North America Events & Festivals Food & Drink
A whirligig from the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick

Reviving North Carolina Towns through Art and Tourism

On one side of the state, North Carolina has the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.  On the coastal side, the state boasts wild horses and deep blue waters.  However, the center of the North Carolina holds surprising treasures and a rich history. After losing the tobacco and textile industries, Kinston’s Mayor, … Read more   Read more

United States Family Travel Food & Drink The Arts
The Roost Vineyard Bistro & Farm Bakery on Vancouver Island.

The Saanich Peninsula: A Family Farm Haven on Vancouver Island

By Christina Newberry

When I arrive at Healing Farm, I have an overwhelming sense that I’ve come home. This 18-acre organic farm on Vancouver Island’s Saanich Peninsula is everything I love about this part of the world, where I grew up. There are fruit trees and blackberry vines and even 85 maples, that … Read more   Read more

Canada Agritourism Food & Drink History
Chernobyl town sign

New Chernobyl Vodka uses exclusion zone ingredients

Scientists from the University of Portsmouth have created a vodka using ingredients from the Chernobyl exclusion zone, insisting that it is completely safe to drink. As most people know, Chernobyl is the location of one of the worst nuclear disasters in world history. In April 1986, the number four reactor … Read more   Read more

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. Ping! A blueberry hits me in the back of the head, catching me by surprise. I turn to see my ten-year-old nephew looking sheepishly at me just … Read more   Read more

The World Agritourism Food & Drink Sustainability
Budapest, Hungary

How Budapest’s Cafe Culture is Lifting Social Stigmas

By Tara Tadlock

Hungary, and Budapest more specifically, was once known for its mistreatment of those with physical and intellectual disabilities. Today, however, the people of Budapest are creating a more inclusive community thanks to businesses that are breaking down social stigmas and changing attitudes towards those who were once excluded in the … Read more   Read more

Europe Accessible Food & Drink Social Responsibility
Street food market

Japan Prefecture Enacts Ban On Eating and Walking Simultaneously

For many countries, street food is a must, but should a person who buys their food on the street be able to walk the streets while eating it? This is a question officials in Japan are trying to answer, especially for the tourist hot spots such as Kamakura in the … Read more   Read more

Asia Food & Drink
The Don of Sandeman

Porto and Port

On a recent visit to Porto, Portugal we had occasion to enjoy port wine while we went in search of “The Don” of Sandeman. See the places where our search took us. Photos: Tonya Fitzpatrick   Read more

Europe Food & Drink
Taipei, Taiwan

Five Reasons to Visit Taipei

By Ali Jennings

When planning a trip to Asia, not many people consider Taiwan as part of their itinerary. But this small island off the coast of China has a lot going for it, in particular, the capital city Taipei. For a relatively small capital city – it has a population of just … Read more   Read more

Asia Religious Travel Architecture 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. Coffee plantation … Read more   Read more

Asia Food & Drink Humanity
Alaska Airlines on approach

Guess which airlines are on the naughty list for nutrition?

Nutritional airline food? Now that’s an oxymoron. Airline food is on a par with dreaded hospital food but it is important considering the millions of annual airline travelers who ingest airline morsels especially during the holidays. So before your next trip you may want to consider a recent study led … Read more   Read more

Food & Drink
Cup of coffee from Costa Rica surrounded by beans and green leaves.

Touring a Coffee Plantation in Costa Rica

By Lola Méndez

Traveling has made me a coffee lover. I’ve enjoyed the perfect espresso in Italy, strong traditional brews made in copper pots in Albania, cortados in Uruguay, and learned to take my coffee with coconut milk in Vietnam. Throughout my adventures, I’ve visited coffee plantations in India, Indonesia, and Vietnam. I … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Agritourism Food & Drink
Shrimp cocktail served in a restaurant.

Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant

By spring of 2019, a restaurant near the southernmost point of Norway will open- and it will be five meters under water. The first-ever underwater restaurant in Europe is aptly named “Under”. The structure is a 110 foot imposing concrete behemoth that was submerged into place in July, and work … Read more   Read more

Europe Food & Drink
Israeli foods--hummus, falafels, pita bread, vegan meal

5 Must Try Foods in Israel

The food in Israel is more than enough reason to visit the country. I probably gained 5lbs in the ten days I spent trying out the large variety of foods the country has to offer. This isn’t easy to do since Israeli food is so healthy. Israel’s food takes inspiration … Read more   Read more

Middle East Food & Drink
Vegan sandwich

The Rising Demand for Vegan Vacations

A travel niche that is growing at an astonishing rate is the “food tourism” industry. From the fine wines of France to the artisanal goods of Italy, many travelers have long engaged in cuisine-oriented journeys and, indeed, food is part and parcel with any “exotic” experience. Gourmands know to go … Read more   Read more

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