When you travel, what really makes the trip? Is it where you go or the people you are with? Or maybe, if you’re like me, the food you eat? What makes that Best Vacation Ever really stand out in your memory, clear as if it happened yesterday?
If you judge what makes a trip based on where you go, that’s easy. Ireland. A week-long adventure in the surreal green hills of the Emerald Isle is hard to beat. The people were friendly, the sheep were fuzzy, and the Guinness was cold. I’ve honestly never witnessed fields so green and water so angrily beautiful. I never knew that sheer rock cliffs that claimed countless lives each year could be so breathtakingly awe-inspiring. Such an amazing contradiction between beauty and danger. The pubs were so warm and inviting, and the churches — and their ruins — were so humbling.
But, if you want to judge your travel destination based on who you arrive with, then it’s gotta be my honeymoon. Spending a week in sunny California, drinking wine and exploring the Redwoods with the man I fell in love with and married. Who can beat that? Honeymoons are meant to remind you of why you got married in the first place once the chaos and stress of wedding planning is over. A week spent laughing, holding hands, and enjoying each other is exactly what you need after the vows are exchanged.
However, if you love food as much as I do, you plan your trips around food experiences. I can’t remember the last time I travelled without picking out a dozen restaurants and bars that I want to enjoy immediately after booking my airline tickets. Like when I went to Spain. I had dinner reservations at the world’s oldest restaurant approximately eight minutes after I had booked my hotel. When I travel, I love exploring the cuisine because most of my memories are rooted in my stomach. New Orleans is the strongest location in my food memory. The amazing restaurants buried in every corner. The bars that serve the most amazing cocktails. The smell of pastries and sugar-covered donuts in the air. There’s just no beating it.
When you travel, what matters most to you? Are you a people person who thrives in good company? A place person who drinks in the local beauty? Or a food person who relishes the flavors set before you?
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