Travel Inspired: An Exquisite Experience

Hello & Happy Monday!

This is the time of year when I really start to think about travel, what trip will I take this year?  And while there is a lot for me to consider this year, when I came across these exquisite experiences in Departures Magazine, I automatically became inspired for a potential culinary tour.

Incase you have not figured out from my blog by now, I am a foodie.  Having planned many high profile events I have always believed that ensuring your guests are well fed and in a way that surprises and delights is and incredibly important element not only for them but for the host {as every detail is a reflection on them}.  I probably try a new recipe a week these days at home and when I go out to eat, I could spend hours talking about the dishes, I am passionate about food!  Furthermore, when traveling, I think trying the local food and understanding the local dishes is such a great way to understand the inner culture.

So Departures Magazine has covered 10 different culinary tours to places including India,  Peru, Egypt, the Carribean, South Africa, Athens & Vietnam.  They are a combination of touring the country & region along with digging deep into the culture by experiencing local cuisine and learning it for yourself!  Out of the tour options they listed, three in particular stood out to me.  A cooking tour in Iceland designed by a food critic, a TripFeast to Thailand, and a cooking tour operated by Whole Foods to Turkey.

The trip to Iceland slated for August 2013 was created by food critic Jody Eddy.

The itenerary includes sight seeing, hiking, sailing, visiting the geo-thermal pools and also visiting with growers and producers of distinctly Icelandic products such as smoked arctic char, skyr (local yogurt), sweet rye bread, reindeer carpaccio and liqueurs made with rhubarb, birch and caraway. According to Departures magazine, guests will also get demonstrations from and have the opportunity to dine with some of the country’s most celebrated chefs, including Gunnar Karl Gislason, Dill restaurant in Reykjavik (  The trip runs from August 16-23rd, and you can get more information or register here.

For Thailand, TripFeast has designed a program that is built around classes at some of the their best cooking schools, where refined dishes like plaa goong (spicy prawn salad with Thai herbs) are learned.

On this trip you have the opportunity to visit the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and take trips to mussel farms, fishing villages and even a tropical-climate winery along the western edge of the Bay of Bangkok {where do I sign-up?}. According to Departures magazine,  visits to Buddhist temples, tuk tuk rides and a night tour of Bangkok’s Chinatown are also on the itinerary. The trips are 8 days long {taking place in both March & November of 2013} and you can find more information or book here.

The third trip that caught my eye is a “Whole Tour” operated by Whole Foods to Turkey. They had me at whole tour and the itinerary is amazing!  They are running these trips in April & September.

Essentially, guests kick off the journey in the Aegean city of Izmir, where local seafood preparations like dolma (stuffed mackerel, squid and mussels) happen.  Then you move inland, and visit farms and orchards, open-air markets and organic wineries in Alaçati and Urla {wine tasting also, yes please!}. You also have the opportunity to do a great deal of sightseeing on this tour, including a visit to the ancient Basilica of St. John and the Temple of Artemis—one of the Seven Wonders of the world.  There are chances to cook and eat dishes like manti (spiced meat dumplings), tandoori lamb (slow-cooked over a wood fire) and borek (filled phyllo pastries). The trip is 9 days and to read more or register you can click here.

If only I could experience all three of these!  Above I have provided the link for each city mentioned, to the details of the tour.  So should you be inspired to learn more about not only these three but any of these unique travel experiences, I urge you to pursue your passion and go for it.  If you could choose any of these tours, which would you choose?

Have a great Monday and stay inspired!

All photos courtesy of Departures Magazine.


About Emmanuelle

Event Planning & Public Relations in the Boston Area specializing in fashion, beauty, textiles & consumer goods.
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