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Travel Destinations for the Gourmet Traveler

Culinary Vacation Travel!
Gourmet inner plate
1 Italy

Get to know the true promise of Mediterranean food with regional differences:
Pasta, penne, polenta, prosciutto, parmigiano and pecorino, rigatoni, risotto, vitello and scaloppine, tiramisu and panna cotta.
The country offers also some of the best wines in the world. Italy's quality wines are DOCG labeled.
You will love it.
2 Thailand

The Thai cuisine are actually four regional cuisines of the four main regions of the country: Northern, Northeastern (Isan), Central and Southern. Thai food is mainly based on the use of fresh herbs and spices, and the way to chose individual dishes, accompanied by rice. The various dishes try to find a balance of the five fundamental flavors in each dish or the overall meal - spicy, sour, sweet, salty and (optional) bitter.
Being in Bangkok try Mango Tree Restaurant (near Silom; 37 Soi Tantawan, Surawongse Rd) and Just One Restaurant (Sathon Soi 1)
3 Spain

¡A comer!
Discover the secrets of traditional Spanish cuisine, an array of unique cuisines heavily based on seafood, particularly in coastal regions, but also meat dishes made from lamb, beef, etc. are very popular.

Spain's history and as well being a seafaring nation brought many culinary influences to the Spanish cuisine of today with thousands of recipes and flavors.

One of the world's most famous restaurant is in Spain: elBulli was a Michelin 3-star restaurant near the town of Roses, Catalonia, Spain, run by chef Ferran Adrià.

elBulli has been described as "the most imaginative generator of haute cuisine on the planet.

The restaurant is closed by now, to reopen as a creativity center in 2014. You better get a reservation yesterday.
4 Japan

Japanese cuisine is not only Sushi and Sashimi, for its gastronomic specialties it uses some of the most expensive ingredients. There is for example the blue-fin tuna, for which Japan's high-end restaurants pay a king's ransom to purchase it. Or the most expensive beef in the world, Wagyu - Kobe beef, or Matsusaka beef, its consumption welcomes you to the beef-eaters heaven; try it as shabu-shabu, steaks, sukiyaki, or beef sashimi.

Dare to enjoy? Japan's cuisine offers also thrilling experiences like that of the consumption of Fugu fish. Fugu can be lethally poisonous, therefore it has to be carefully prepared to remove toxic parts and to avoid contaminating the meat. Fugu is served as sashimi and chiri-nabe (hot pot).
During the winter months you can enjoy nabemono or nabe, a very traditional way of cooking and eating in Japan.
5 France

France is a synonym for exceptional culinary arts and famous chefs. The French kept, refined, and reinvented the very best from all culinary influences of the last 2000 years.
France offers a state-of-the art cuisine and the world's best wines. But in recent times it lost some of its international reputation because many restaurants are using more often ingredients that are factory-made or processed, instead of using fresh ingredients.
The French government is trying to reverse the trend by awarding chefs who uphold culinary traditions with the title of 'master restaurateurs'. But so far just a few have qualified for the title.
Therefore France has lost its number one rank in "Travel Destinations for the Gourmet Traveler".
6 China

For people who love new experiences. Regional cultural differences vary greatly amongst the different regions of China, giving rise to the different styles of food. There are eight main regional cuisines, the Eight Great Traditions (八大菜系) and they are: Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Szechuan, and Zhejiang. Among them, Cantonese, Sichuan, Shandong, and Huaiyang cuisine (a major style and even viewed as the representation of the entire Jiangsu cuisine) are often considered as the standouts of Chinese cuisine and due to their influence are proclaimed as the Four Great Traditions (四大菜系).
7 Caribbean

Hot, hot, hot, and a little spicy. The Caribbean cuisine is based on cooking cultures of Caribbean Indians, African hunters, European sailors, and Indian and Chinese merchants.
Caribbean food is basically fish or meat flavored with hot pepper, lime, curry and other spices served with rice.

Whenever you're on Anguilla try Cap Juluca.
8 Peru

A culinary hot spot: try traditional Peruvian cooking, a mix of Spanish and native Indian food.
Highlight of Peru's Nouveau Cuisine is Novandina, based on Incan ingredients.

Lima, Peru's capital is in Frommer's list of Top Food & Drink Destinations 2012. The city is described as: "Though Lima started out as the richest and most beautiful colonial settlement in the Americas, by the 1980s and '90s it had become one of its most sprawling and disorderly cities. Travelers in a hurry to get to Cusco and Machu Picchu often landed and blitzed right past the capital. But recently this coastal city has been riding a wave of growing fame for its gustatory pleasures. Lima is now drawing a new flock of visitors who travel all the way to Peru just to eat".
9 Viet Nam

The Vietnamese cuisine has influences from China, mainly from the Cantonese style of cooking as well as some from French cuisine. Staple foods are Rice and rice noodles, a wide variety of vegetables and the usage of fresh herbs and spices.

Some eating habits in Vietnam may appear very exotic to westerners, there seems to be no food taboos in Vietnam, almost all animals are suitable for consumption like poisonous snakes and scorpions,
Like in Chinese cuisine many if not all of these specialties are considered to have a medicinal or aphrodisiac effect.

Whenever you're in Hanoi try Hanoi Garden Restaurant in Hanoi's Old Quarter (30-36 Hang Manh street), und you will know what Vietnamese cuisine is able for, and some call this average.

10 Malaysia

The food in Penang is widely regarded as the best in Malaysia. George Town the capital city of Penang is known as the culinary capital of Malaysia.
11 Singapore

fights for the title of the Food Capital of Asia, you might want to visit the Singapore Food Festival, one of Asia's foremost gastronomic event.


 
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Romantic Getaways

Destination Wedding, some of the best Wedding and Honeymoon Locations.
Mauritius Romance
1 Tahiti
You better improve your French knowledge, top destination in the South Pacific Ocean - for a lifelong afterglow.
2 Maldives
There is all the time you need. Best time to travel: March - August
3 Mauritius
Discover Mauritius and Rodrigues, Agalega and St. Brandon in the Indian Ocean.
4 Hawaii Kauai
Aloha and e komo mai! Pacific feeling and a little American Way of Live.
Best time to travel: May - Sept.
5 Antigua
Get Caribbean island feeling between beaches and night-life at Curtain Bluff, Jumby Bay and other resorts.
6 Belize
For the outdoor enthusiasts and adventure travelers: casual life-style, Mayan temples, rainforests and marine wildlife. Tip: Cayo Espanto
7 St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
The island, America's Caribbean Paradise, offers dozens luxury resorts.
8 Fiji
Sailing, fishing, scuba diving, really far away from normal course of life. For luxury privacy: Nukubati, a small private island resort in the style of a colonial plantation, close to Vanua Levu.
9 Northern Mariana Islands
Show her/him how deep your love is. Saipan, Tinian and Rota are great places for that, the islands are close to the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on earth.
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Travel Destinations for Sacred Journeys

In search for spiritual insights, you might find it on the way to this destinations, where you can rejuvenate spiritually.
Stone Henge
1 Bhutan
A country with a strong ancient Buddhist culture and almost completely cut off for centuries to avoid foreign influences.
2 Chile
From the Atacama Desert to Patagonia, travel another world full of contrasts.
3 Tibet
Go and find the origin in the Land of Snows, the almost lost art and culture of Tibet.
4 India
More a continent than a country, capture the culture and beauty of India on your pilgrimage.
5 Nepal
Visit Grand Buddhist Stupas, Hindu Pagodas and holy mountains and learn much more about an archaic culture.
6 Scotland
In search for European roots, you might find it here: the village of a lost civilization Skara Brae and Ring of Brodgar on Orkney Islands.
7 Mexico
In search of the cultures of Mesoamerican civilizations or undertake a Journey to Ixtlan, in the footsteps of Castaneda's Don Juan.
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Top Ten Travel Destinations: Internet Search

What the crowd is looking for on the internet - it might be interesting for travel agents.
Source: Overture
1 Mexico


2 Spain 3 France 4 Canada
5 Taiwan 6 China 7 Switzerland
8 Germany 9 Argentina 10 Austria
 

ASTA recommended Destinations

ASTA - American Society of Travel Agents, the world's largest association
of travel professionals.
1 India
It's nearly impossible not to be impressed.
2 Temple Trekking in Cambodia 3 Shopping in Hong Kong 4 Thailand's Secret Beaches
 

Lonely Planet Traveller's Pulse: Top 10 Hottest Destinations

"the world's best guidebooks, travel advice and information" recommends:
1 Australia
2 Chile 3 Brazil 4 New Zealand
5 India 6 Peru 7 Thailand
8 Italy 9 Cuba 10 Japan
 
Caribbean and South Pacific Beaches

Exotic Beaches

Visit the Caribbean and the Islands in the South Pacific.
Beaches with crystal clear blue waters, a multitude of outdoor activities and the lively bustle of night life, that's a way you may like to spend your time. Accommodation range from romantic beach huts, over colonial-style hotels to high-end resorts or even a fully staffed, private villa.
Below you will find links to information about the most important island tourism destinations.

Caribbean

Anguilla
Anguilla, as the first in the chain of the Leeward islands, is located in the Eastern Caribbean, east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Antigua and Barbuda
Caribbean islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east-southeast of Puerto Rico.

Barbados
Bajan carnival Crop Over Festival, Barbados Gospelfest, Soca music and much more you will find on the easternmost Caribbean island, northeast of Venezuela.

Bermuda
Spicy Caribbean food you can try at the Bermuda Culinary Arts Festival.

British Virgin Islands
Discover "Nature's Little Secrets" - over 60 pristine Caribbean islands that comprise the British Virgin Islands with the main islands, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke.

Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic, formerly known as Santo Domingo, is located on the eastern part of Hispaniola, the island between Cuba and Puerto Rico.

Jamaica
Jamaica is the third largest of the Caribbean islands, the Land of Wood, Water and Reggae.

Martinique
The Island of Flowers (Madinina), Martinique is one of the French speaking Overseas Department of France in the Caribbean.

Puerto Rico
One of the island of the Greater Antilles between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean.

Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts previously known as Saint Christopher constitutes together with the island of Nevis the Caribbean island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Saint Lucia
Spend some time on Hewanorra the Land of the Iguana, Saint Lucia is part of the Windward Islands.

Polynesia

American Samoa
A small archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand.

Samoa
The group of islands consists of two main islands, Upolu and Savai'i and seven smaller islets.

Tahiti
Tahiti is the main island and like the Marquesas part of French Polynesia.

Melanesia

Fiji
Fiji comprises of approximately 330 islands, about one-third are inhabited.

New Caledonia
The French overseas territory New Caledonia is an island group located in the South Pacific, east of Australia.

Micronesia

Guam
Guam is the southernmost and largest island of the Marianas Island Archipelago in the North Pacific.

Northern Mariana Islands
Saipan, Tinian and Rota are the main islands in a group of 14 islands in the North Pacific Ocean along the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on earth.
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External Links:
ExpeditionTrips.com
An excellent resource for adventure travelers. Voted 'Best of the Web' by Forbes.

Fodor's
Fodor's Travel Guides

Lonely Planet
Guidebooks, travel advice and country information.

TravelSense.org
The American Society of Travel Agents - ASTA's new consumer Web site.

Woman Travel
Site with various articles on Solo Woman Travel.


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