Culinary tours are becoming more and more popular with retirees. According to AARP’s 2017 survey, travel is at the top of 83% of Baby Boomers’ bucket lists and they chose “to travel to experience a new destination” as a key motivation for taking a trip. This aligns well with Taste Vacations’ own beliefs – we feel the best way to experience a new location is through its cuisine.
In fact, we were recently featured in an article in Kiplinger, a personal finance publication, titled, “For Retirees on the Go, Culinary Tours Put the Focus on Food” by Beth Brophy. The article highlights the different aspects of culinary tours and provides some guidelines on picking the right trip for you. Below is an excerpt from the article:
“These days, ‘foodie’ travelers … for whom food and wine are often the most memorable part of the trip, have many choices. Travel companies offer a wide range of itineraries in the U.S. and abroad that revolve around eating and drinking, shopping in local markets, cooking with chefs, and visiting and sampling the products of artisanal cheesemakers, boutique vineyards, olive oil producers and organic farms…
Doing some research before you choose a culinary tour is essential. Here are some factors to consider:
Have you talked it through? “Only about 20% of our travelers call us first,” says [Allan] Wright, who says he can help guide choices. For instance, he says, it’s helpful to know if someone prefers white wine over red, or is gluten-free or a vegetarian. “Argentina is not the best choice if you don’t eat meat,” he says, but “we can accommodate everyone.”
You can read the full article on Kiplinger’s website.