If there’s one thing most agree on when traveling, it’s that food is a major consideration when picking a destination.
According to new research from Booking.com, nearly half of Canadian travelers (46%) say they pick a destination for its great food or drink. There’s no denying the significance of culinary travel, with 19% of Canadian travelers – rising to 40% of millennials – planning to take a dedicated food tourism trip sometime in 2018.
It’s also clear that our appetite is only increasing. Almost half (43%) of Canadian travelers are still looking to be more adventurous with the type of cuisine they eat while traveling, rising to 60% of millennials. One way to achieve this is to sample the local delicacy while traveling. In fact, more than half (56%) of Canadian travelers will try to eat more local food in 2018.
Below are the top destinations around the world to sample local gastronomy, as revealed by millions of Booking.com traveler reviews.
Some of the best places to try the local cuisine are in Southeast Asia, with regional delicacies like dim sum, noodles and pho. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that exploratory eaters also come from this area, as 57% of Asians confirm they are looking for new cuisine to try this year.
Quebec tops the list of Canadian destinations for incredible local food, with Ontario not far behind:
A photo good enough to eat
Social media is filled with photographs that show off travel ling and the delicious eats enjoyed along the way. Beautiful, bright and unusual foods are the perfect way to fill your feed and offer an opportunity to show off tasty local finds. More than 20% of Canadian travellers plan to take more food pictures this year, so don’t forget to ‘gram that snack before it’s gone.
“Food plays a huge role in our travel choices and ultimately in our overall travel experiences. Trying the local and street food is a great way to really embrace the local culture, get immersed in communities and explore the new and different,” says Pepijn Rijvers, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Booking.com. “Using our endorsements from real traveler reviews can help Canadians discover the very best food destinations to taste their way around the world!”
Read more about Food Travel in DRIFT Travel Magazine