Travel Roundup

5 U.S. Cities and the 5 Foods You Should Seek Out While You’re There — Fall Weekend Trips

I'm told there are people whose dream vacations don't involve either thinking about food nor having to move to get it. But for food people — me and my people — the dream vacation means having the time to hunt down not just a good oyster, sandwich, or taco, but the best version of said specialty.

Maybe you must be a bit Type-A (hi, I have lists) for this to be fun for you, but seeking out a city's best version of a food gives you something to chat with people about at bars, a reason to walk around neighborhoods you might not otherwise get to, and a good story to tell when you get back.

Convinced? Here are five of my favorite cities for food-stalking to get you started.

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5 Ways Cruise Lines Are Luring Food-Lovers to the High Seas — Cruises for Food-Lovers

Have you thought about going on a cruise but been deterred by the prospect of sad buffets and cafeteria-style dining? Well, I'm here to tell you to think again. Cruise lines have caught on that travelers want more from their onboard culinary experiences and are busy reinventing every aspect to lure you on board.

Here are five ways cruise lines are going after the foodie set.

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12 Tiny Towns with Exceptional Eats — Fall Weekend Trips

Do you travel for food? Yes? We thought so. We also imagine that the destinations that come to mind when planning a culinary trip are cities like New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco (i.e., big cities with big food scenes and a big price tag).

But allow me to make a case for the tiny towns across America, places with restaurants that are churning out exceptional eats for their 5,000 or fewer residents. Often these eateries feature local food for a fraction of the cost and the same high standards.

This isn't to say that big cities aren't worth the cost, but it's possible to save some pennies and eat good food. To help you jump-start your research, below is a list of a dozen tiny towns with exceptional eats.

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​The Best Places to Eat Far-Flung Foods Without Getting on a Plane for 16 Hours — Fall Weekend Trips

Americans have a vacation problem and here's what it is: We can't get to Xi'an to eat hand-slapped biang biang noodles for a week and eat cochinita pibil pulled from the ground on the Yucatan peninsula and enjoy an Argentine parillada feast with endless enormous steaks. Two weeks a year just isn't enough time. Two weeks, if we can get it, is barely enough to visit one of these food paradises, not to mention all them. (Shakes fist at Europeans and Australians and their endless vacation time.)

Related: This Millennial Travel Trend May Surprise You

The good news is that if your main travel motivation is culinary and you're strapped for time, there's a plan B: Eat far-flung foods without getting on a plane for 16 hours.

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These 6 Cookbooks Are Your Ticket to the Cheapest Vacation Ever — Cookbook Vacation

With the last days of summer still ahead of us and the heat sticking to our backs, you might think grilling, grilling, and grilling are your only options for dinner. But picking at grilled chicken while scrolling through everyone else's vacation photos is a straight path to lunacy.

So put down the grill tongs, step away from the envy, and have yourself a deliciously rollicking staycation, where you can be eating salsa-dipped chorizo and potato sandwiches in Mexico one day and Streuselkuchen in Germany the next.

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6 Food-Driven Road Trips to Take Right Now — Road Trips for Food-Lovers

A summer road trip — be it with your best friend, man's best friend, or all by yourself — feels like an American rite of passage. John Steinbeck did it. So did the Griswolds. And so have I. Although I confess that my love of the open road came later in life than it does for most.

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