If you’re retired, or about to retire, and are thinking about where you want to travel with your new free time, consider picking up the book 65 Things to Do When You Retire: Travel, which hit bookstores and retailers back in February.
The book features 65 essays by writers as well as people in the travel industry, such as founder of The International Kitchen Karen Herbst. In her essay, she naturally talks about discovering cultures through food, as well as our cooking vacations.
“I’ve been moved by stories of people who say they feel anxious because they don’t know what they’ll do in retirement,” says editor Mark Evan Chimsky. “In the new book, 65 Things to Do When You Retire: Travel, I’ve included essays for a wide range of retirees – those traveling with a group, or with a spouse or partner, as well as those traveling on their own.”
Herbst’s essay on cooking vacations accompanies other pieces by the likes of Lynne Martin, Andrew McCarthy, George M. Taber, and Elizabeth Berg, to name a few. In it, she reminds travelers that a cooking vacation is more vacation than cooking: “Sure, you do learn to cook the regional cuisine of the area of your choice, but this is really a cultural vacation. With roughly one week to spend at one of these programs, cooking and eating is the quickest and most surefire way to connect with the people, learn about their local culture, make friends, and come away with memories you will cherish forever.”
She also remembers some of her most memorable trips, particularly to one of her favorite culinary vacations, Mediterranean Cooking Experience, on the Amalfi Coast. “There are places where you go that have such a magical quality that you cannot convey it in words; it requires the actual experience of being there. For me, this is such a place, and I feel the magic every time I am there.”
Royalties generated based on sales of 65 Things To Do When You Retire: Travel will go toward non-profit organizations focused on preventing and curing cancer.
Ready to start planning? Check our some of our most popular trips, including:
- Cooking under the Tuscan Sun
- Flavors of Andalusia in Spain
- Delectable Portugal in Historic Evora
- Greek Cooking Odyssey on the beautiful island of Poros
- Mediterranean Cooking Experience on the Amalfi Coast
Or contact us if you’d like to start planning a custom culinary tour just for you!
By Liz SanFilippo Hall
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Originally published March 8, 2013.