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Six in 10 Holidaymakers Claim to Travel Exclusively for the Culinary Experience, Study Claims

A study of 2,000 travellers taken by Eurostar found that food was the ultimate reason for city break holidays with many choosing upscale and local establishments to try local cuisine.

Nearly a quarter (23%) have a ‘wish list’ of restaurants they’d like to visit one day, and 28% dream of visiting a Michelin-starred dining option.

When travelling, 36% feel trying local, independent restaurants provide the most ‘authentic’ experience of a region’s food.

With 33% checking ahead of time if the restaurant is filled with locals when deciding where to dine while away.

The research was commissioned by Eurostar to mark its 10-year anniversary partnership with celebrity chef Raymond Blanc.

The study also found 41% they’d even be willing to travel hundreds of miles to track down the ‘perfect’ meal.

While 42% believe they’re more adventurous with their food choices when they’re away from home and surrounded by culinary temptation.

Further to this, prior to going away, 42% ‘fantasise’ about the food they’ll get to eat when they’re finally away, according to the OnePoll data.

Three in ten like to share their love of the cuisine with others by posting images of mouth-watering meals they’ve ordered during their travels on the likes of Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Emer Roche
Emer Roche
Emer has over 10 years experience working for Irish magazines, supplements, websites and creative agencies. She’s written features for U Magazine, Image Magazine and theheyday.ie, across a range of subjects such as women’s interest, travel, culture, news and interviews. She also has a portfolio of commercial writing for creative agencies, such as RTE.ie and Originate Creative. Emer is a Dublin native with part of her heart in Ardmore, County Waterford. She lives in Dublin 7 with her husband, two kids, dog and cat.

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