If you were traveling with a group of women, where would you want to go? Someplace traditional—the Tuscan countryside! The Amalfi Coast!‐or someplace exotic, perhaps? Northern India, Morocc0, Peru? We’re not asking out of idle curiosity, at The International Kitchen we’re planning our “Women Only Weeks (WOW)™,” and to do that we need to know where you want to go!
You’ve hopefully read about our WOW weeks before. They feature some of our best destinations, our favorite chefs, and our most delectable itineraries. We think that it’s one of the best ways to travel with a group of ladies, whether women you know or strangers.
In fact, our WOW weeks are usually pretty evenly divided between women (friends, sisters, mothers and daughters) who want to travel together on an unforgettable culinary journey, and solo women travelers who want to experience the fun of a culinary vacation but don’t necessarily have anyone to travel with. (For more on why cooking vacations are a great way to travel solo, read this.)
We of course always offer some of our perennial favorites, both in Italy’s Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast, and in France’s chateaux-littered Loire Valley. But we’re wondering if there are other destinations—ones we currently offer, or ones that we don’t even have on our website‐that really inspire you. One long-time client recently told us she’d love to do a WOW cooking vacation in Iceland. Another, who has done several of our WOW weeks in the past, cited the Caribbean as a wish list destination.
My first time doing one of our WOW weeks was on the Amalfi Coast, almost exactly ten years ago (!), at one of my absolute favorites, A Mediterranean Cooking Experience.” The group was incredibly varied (there was even an ambassador!) and down-to-earth. Some of the women knew each other and were traveling together, others had just had the luck to find their way into our group. We ate (and drank) like Gods, cooked our hearts out, laughed until we cried, and explored everything from Capri to Pompeii to the Archeological Museum in Naples.
For my part, if I were doing a WOW week as a personal vacation, it would depend on whether I were traveling alone. I’d love to do a WOW week with my sisters and mom (here we are in Chicago a couple years ago on a girls’ weekend), and I’d want to do Cooking under the Tuscan Sun, mostly because I know my mom would love it, and it would be a great way to pamper her (and whose mom doesn’t deserve pampering?). If I were traveling by myself looking to join a group of like-minded foodies, I’d choose one of our new itineraries in India, as I’ve always wanted to go and I think exploring such a vibrant and diverse culture with other women would be phenomenal. Or, to really indulge, I’d do our Ultimate Indulgence: Food and Wellness Tour in Spain!
Here are some of the Women Only Weeks we already have scheduled for next year:
Antinori’s Noble Tuscany, an amazing culinary and wine experience in the Chianti region of Tuscany.
Mediterranean Cooking Experience on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, one of our perennial favorites.
Cooking Under the Tuscan Sun, a deluxe itinerary in Tuscany.
What about you? A Greek Island culinary vacation? Or something on Mexico’s Riviera Maya? Perhaps something in sunny Provence, or Spain’s Andalusian olive country? Let us know in the notes or on social media.
By Peg Kern
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