Why cooking on holidays is the way to go
You travel to experience a new places and ways of life. One thing every country and culture needs to do is eat. Eating out at restaurants or local street food is often the best way to experience new flavours and broaden your food mind. I always love to search out the food markets, and specialties of a place. Cooking on holidays is another way to create memories on your travels that you can take home. For me, cooking and traveling should go hand in hand, for so many reasons but a few definitely jump out at me.
If you are staying in an apartment or AirBnb with a kitchen (or not, I have some no cook recipes) it can become a blessing, especially if you are traveling for more than a week to be able to whip up a quick breakfast instead of finding a cafe or after a day out and about to have a easy quick dinner. You might laugh but eating every meal out can get really exhausting, especially if like me you search for great food, not just the option in front of the hotel.
Try something new
I love seeing fresh food markets in every destination I travel to, and it is sad to think that all the amazing food, the best, most interesting and totally new produce you have seen will remain only in your vision, not your mouth. Don’t just stick to the things you can take home in nice packaging, experience the best ingredients the locals are eating in the country that is eating them. They are being eaten for a reason.
Live like as much like a local as you can and interact with the people
Not only will you be eating the same produce, you will be buying from the same producers, the same butchers shop, the same bakery, the same fresh market or supermarket. You naturally will pickup what is popular and experience a part of the lifestyle of wherever you are. This will be one thing in Vietnam and a completely different in France. Amazing experiences are often ones that are everyday events for others. You will get to ‘talk’ and interact with locals in an authentic way.
Cost. The possibility to save a little cash
As long as you stick to local ingredients and don’t go completely overboard buying everything you see, you can save a lot of money by preparing a few meals yourself. This can free up extra spending money to travel longer, or eat more fantastic meals at restaurants. Remember to stick to as much local food as possible as for example it could end up being cheaper to eat a local meal out than buy Indian spices in France or French cheese in Vietnam.
One thing that excites me the most about travel is seeing somewhere or something new and different. Somethings are universal but being able to learn more about how you live, shop for food, and eat is really enhanced by cooking as you learn. This way you can really experience and take those moments with you. You might not have the exact ingredients at home but imagine impressing friends or family with a flavour combination learnt abroad, even just to mix up your food week at home.
So many reasons to make sure even if only for a part of your next trip, to stay with a kitchen. Do it. The perfect trip to me includes both lots of eating out but cooking yourself is also super important to me. When you are at home you can so easily fall into the trap of only cooking what is quick, easy and familiar. Cooking on holidays helps turn more new exciting flavours into familiar exciting flavours you will cook when you get home too.