Food tourism has grown very popular in the last few years and even for the pickiest eater, no trip is complete without sampling the local cuisine and trying out new restaurants.
As well as soaking up the local culture and scenery, we’re all hungry to indulge in delicious dishes away from home and taste something authentic.
“From threecourse gourmet meals to street vendor delights, food is a vital component of any trip and allows you to really experience another culture,” said Pepijn Rijvers, chief marketing officer at Booking.com.
Booking.com has thus conducted a survey to find out who amongst us is the most fanatical about food and the data show that English, French and Germans are the most passionate foodies, closely followed by Americans and Australians.
Thais also showed their passion for food, coming in at 25th. This result confirms a key finding from a previous survey among more than 1,000 Thai correspondents, which indicated that 91 per cent of Thais planned to include a culinary activity in their travel itinerary this year.
The top 10 nationalities who mention food most in their reviews are English, French, German, American, Australian, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swiss and Belgian.
From Asado in Argentina, to seafood in Spain, travelling to new places and sampling delectable dishes not only tantalises the taste buds but creates memories and smells that can take you back to that moment of your trip. For more than a third (36 per cent) of global travellers, food is what they remember most vividly from the first time they travelled and over half (54 per cent) say their favourite thing about travelling to a destination for the first time is trying local foods.
Reviews can offer invaluable insider advice for the best foodie haunts, with one in four people (26 per cent) admitting they go online to look at local restaurant reviews within the first day of arriving at a destination and over half (54 per cent) of those saying they looked less than an hour after arriving.