If you love cooking and traveling at the same time, it is time that you consider culinary vacations. This is a fun way to increase your cooking skills while enjoying another state or country. There are many cooking classes you can consider around the world and for many, this is by far the most exciting way to learn new skills.
If you do not know where to start, here’s the no-frills guide to planning a cooking vacation:
Decide where you want to go
Keep in mind that planning a cooking vacation begins with determining if you want a fully immersive experience or not. You can choose a fully immersive experience will last for many days or attend a class that will last only a few hours.
The most popular cooking vacation destination is Italy. Other destinations for cooking classes include France, Spain, Mexico, Greece, Thailand, Cambodia and Japan. If you consider Italy, you will find many classes that offer immersive experience from accommodations to transfers, meals, cooking classes, excursions, and other activities.
Read the reviews
You should make an informed decision when it comes to picking your cooking class. To successfully pick the right class, you need to read the reviews at the onset. Remember that a little research can go a long way. You should allocate more time talking to the organisers. This is to ensure that the experience is right for you.
If, in this case, you want to learn basic kitchen knife skills, you should ensure that it is part of the organiser’s course description. You should ask questions when you are in doubt before you commit to a cooking class. Your goal here is to know what you are getting so you will not be disappointed.
Know the cost
As soon as you read the reviews and identified the right organiser, the next thing to do is to determine the cost. You should expect that a fully immersive vacation cost a bit because it usually includes everything. For instance, a 5-day vacation in Italy or France can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000.
If you want to find a cheaper cooking vacation, one-day casual classes cost way less. For instance, a 3-hour small-group sushi making class in Osaka costs under $70. The cost will really depend on what classes you consider. The key here is to be flexible with the time of year and the season so you can find great deals.
It is important that you book early. Do not think that there will always be a slot remaining for you to fill. If you are planning on trying out a small class and it is a peak travel time, you should expect that slots fill up quickly. If you do not want to be left out without a spot, you should reach out to the organisers immediately.
Plan your post-vacation
Coming back from your cooking vacation is fun because you can cook in your own kitchen. However, it can be tricky if you took a class using local ingredients because you cannot find some ingredients back at home. The best thing is to ask for any suggestions or substitute.