New research from Booking.com has found that 64 per cent of travellers are choosing their next travel destination based on its food and drink options.
We knew foodie travel was taking off, but this is ridiculous. Apparently, you guys all love food as much as we do.
Pulling data from over 50,000 travellers, the online booking platform also found more than a third of global travellers – rising to 40 per cent of millennials – plan to take a dedicated food adventure in 2018.
It’s also clear that our appetite is only increasing with almost half of global travellers still looking to be more adventurous with the type of cuisine they eat while travelling, rising to 60 per cent of millennials. One way to achieve this is to sample the local delicacy whilst travelling, with research showing 64 per cent global travellers will try to eat more local food in 2018.
Booking.com also used the reviews left by millions of travellers to determine the top destinations around the world to sample all the best food. Excuse us while we mope up all the drool from our desk.
If you’re looking for healthy dishes then look no further than Canggu in Indonesia. Its streets are lined with vegan restaurants and smoothie bowl cafes and it’s a haven for those looking to taste healthier food options.
Echo Beach Townhouses offer an idyllic stay a short walk from the beach with its own outdoor pool and pampering treatments available on request. Guests can also enjoy a Continental or full English/Irish Breakfast each morning, or venture out to the street and dine at one of the many cafes.
Bubble waffles are the newest Instagram craze and with nearly a third of travellers planning to take more food pictures on holiday, Miedzyzdroje in Poland makes for the perfect social media friendly destination with Instagrammable food around every corner.
The town is the second most endorsed destination in the world for waffles by Booking.com customers, with Brussels, Belgium, taking the top spot and Bruges, Belgium, taking third place. Apartmenty Horyzont Perla is the perfect location for checking out local delicacies and soaking up the sun at the beachfront. The apartments are a stone’s throw away from the town centre with the beach and Międzyzdroje Pier is also a short walk away.
With a tenth of global travellers worrying about whether dietary requirements will be met when on holiday, vegetarians need to look no further than Koyasan, Japan. Eat like monks and the villagers at one of the local vegetarian and vegan eateries offering a wide selection of meat-free options.
Koyasan Zofukuin is located in Mount Koya and offers traditional Japanese style accommodation housed within a Buddhist temple. Sample the amazing Buddhist vegetarian cuisine on offer at the property or enjoy the selection of local restaurants nearby. Koyasan is the top endorsed destination for vegetarian cuisine by Booking.com customers, with Chennai, India, and Mumbai, India, in second and third place.
Dusseldorf has the third largest Japanese community in Europe making it one of the best destination for indulging in Sushi outside of Japan. Along with Otaru and Toyama in Japan, Dusseldorf makes the top 20 list for sushi endorsements in the world by Booking.com customers.
Deluxe Downtown Apartment is located in Dusseldorf and is fully equipped with all the necessities for a comfortable stay. It is centrally located near local landmarks including Castle Square and City Gate to make for a cultural visit.
Home to an annual Chocolate Festival, chocolate factory, museum of chocolate, chocolate tours and chocolate shops, Lviv in Ukraine has something for every chocaholic and visitor with a sweet tooth wanting a chocolate filled vacation.
Lviv Loft Apartments is an affordable option for a city break in Lviv. The apartments are set in the old town which combines architectural styles including Baroque and neoclassical with medieval buildings. The apartments are close to local landmarks and galleries including the Armenian Cathedral and the Bandinelli Palace.
Franschhoek, South Africa
Franschhoek is considered to be the food and wine heartland of Africa, where wine is produced in the many vineyards surrounding the town and where top chefs create world-renowned cuisine. The city also hosts one of the top 50 restaurants in the world, making it a top destination for foodies.
Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge is the perfect location for sampling local gastronomy and is nestled in Franschhoek Valley which has centuries old vineyards. Graham Beck Winery is also a short walk away from the property so convenient wine tasting. Lounge by the pool or sip locally sourced wine on the outdoor terrace – there’s something for everyone at this picturesque retreat. Franschhoek is rated as the sixth most popular destination endorsed for Gourmet Food with Sendai in Japan and Beaune in France appearing in first and second place.