FAQ: Foodie travel

What is a foodie? 

According to the dictionary, a foodie is a person with a particular interest in food. A foodie includes someone who is always up-to-date on the latest restaurants and dishes in a particular area, goes to new restaurants frequently, and is eager to give their opinions and recommendations to others. 

What are the best food cities in the US? 

The US is one of the most diverse countries in the world, especially when it comes to cuisine. Almost every state has its own culinary attractions. According to TripAdvisor, popular cities known to be best suited for foodies include Chicago, New York and surrounding areas, Savannah, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Charleston. 

What foodie activities can you do? 

When it comes to planning a foodie trip, look for locations where you can truly immerse yourselves in the local cuisines and culture. For a food-centered vacation, try activities like booking a local neighborhood food tour, cooking classes with chefs, dining out at the restaurants locals recommend, or cooking for yourself using local ingredients and produce. 

Why stay in a vacation rental on a foodie trip?

Private home vacation rentals are a great way to stay away from touristy areas and live in the city like you’re a native. Airbnb offers all kinds of homes, many in prime city locations within walking distance to great local shops and restaurants. Airbnb can also be a more affordable option compared to staying in a hotel. 

What should you look for in a kitchen in an Airbnb?

When booking an Airbnb with a great kitchen, look for factors such as extensive counter space for cooking, or pantry space to unload your groceries for the week. Ideally, the kitchen should be fully stocked with essential utensils, spices, condiments, appliances, and cooking tools. Cleanliness is also a key factor and Airbnb’s new Enhanced Clean program makes it easy to feel confident while traveling.

Is it safe to eat at restaurants?

According to the CDC website, “there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is spread by handling or eating food. However, it is important to limit close contact with people outside of your home, encourage hand washing, and wear a mask when you’re not eating.”

There are red flags to look out for, however, as restaurants open, like if customers can sit at any table they’d like, or if there is poor airflow. 

What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?

Before booking, check the cancellation policy for your Airbnb in case your plans change. Each individual host sets their own policies, so it’s important that you fully understand the policy of your potential rental before confirming. Here are more details on Airbnb’s current cancellation policies. 

Is it safe to stay in an Airbnb right now? 

According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people can safely travel in the US.

Additionally, experts say that private Airbnbs are safe, perhaps even more so than hotels because these stays minimize interactions with other guests and staff. Plus, Airbnb hosts are required to follow enhanced cleaning procedures.