Some people book vacations to relax on a beach and do nothing, or to explore a city’s landmarks, it seems more and more people are picking their vacation destinations based on the food. A new AAA survey finds that food and dining are now essential components of some travelers’ vacations, with an estimated 22-million Americans expected to take a culinary-inspired vacation in the next year.
Overall, 75% of Americans say good food and dining are key to their travel experience, with 80% of folks saying they’ve had unique foodie experiences while traveling, like eating with local families or taking cooking classes led by local chefs. Foodie travel experiences are particularly popular with younger travelers. In fact, 88% of Millennials have embraced food-related experiences while on vacation.
As for the most popular destinations for food-related travel, that shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, with Italy, France and Spain the most sought after destinations for foodies.