Do you like to travel? If so, what makes you decide to travel somewhere?
As you can probably guess, one of the most influential factors for Josh and me when deciding where we want to travel next is the local/regional cuisine.
I fell in love with travel after I had the opportunity to study abroad in Maastricht, Netherlands in college. I am forever indebted to my friend Kathleen who dragged me to the info session one evening in Waco, Texas despite my reservations (and laziness). As trite as it sounds, traveling makes me view the world differently and makes me feel everything more intensely. When you are traveling, all of your senses are heightened and you are introduced to smells, tastes, sounds and sights you never experienced before. For those who are fellow lovers of travel, you know what I am talking about.
Josh similarly fell in love with travel during college, when he took a couple extended group trips to Italy and Greece. On our first date, we ended up going through a photo book I created of all of my travels in college, and spent hours exchanging stories. Quite the foreshadowing.
The next city on our list is. . . (drumroll). . . Tokyo! I have to admit, when Josh first introduced the idea of visiting Tokyo, I wasn’t too keen. Perhaps I am intimidated by the culture, the language, the size of the city or the sheer number of people living there. That said, over the past few months the idea has completely grown on me. The food culture in Tokyo is so interesting. According to NYC chef David Chang, here are some of the reasons why Tokyo is the “World’s Best Food City”:
- “It has more Michelin stars than any other city in the world”
- “If you want to have sushi, there’s no better place on earth”
- “If you want to have kaiseki, there are top Kyoto guys who have spots in Tokyo”
- “They have no stupid importation laws”
- “The produce is the best”
- “The best chicken in the world, the best eggs in the world, the best beef in the world”
- “I can craft a great meal from convenience stores.”
That last one gets me every time. I desperately want to see if he is right!
What about you- would you go to Tokyo? What are some of your favorite travel destinations? Where do you want to go?