It’s a simple fact of human nature: people want to experience the world, and not just see it—they want to hear, feel, taste, and explore destinations with all five senses. Nowhere is this more evident than by the success of popular hashtags like #TravelTuesday or the wealth of destination-focused tv shows, magazine articles, and ads out there. There’s something about travel that speaks to our adventurous natures—call it a desire to avoid FOMO at all costs.
If you ask anyone what they’re most excited about as they board that plane, they’ll probably tell you it’s the food. Or the wine. There are definitely some amazing sights in there too, but even the most beautiful museums can get exhausting eventually. Yet most people never tire of eating. That’s why we’ve gathered together some of our favorite stock photos from around the world showcasing not only breathtaking vistas but also—more importantly—the food and wine that makes these cultures famous. Use these images to appeal to any audience, or perhaps to inspire your own travels. Either way, these photos are designed to whet your appetite.
Where else can any article focusing on food, wine, and travel begin but in Italy? The country itself is practically synonymous with delicious food and drink, and the wealth of ancient and Renaissance art and architecture doesn’t hurt either. From their world-famous pastas and meatballs to the lesser known—but never less delicious—coastal seafood and plentiful fresh produce, Italy has something for every palate, price, and preference. Not to mention, there are stunning wineries literally everywhere. The hardest part? Figuring out which cities and towns to visit.
Another common choice for the true hedonist, France is known for it’s fine dining, delicate pastries, incredible wine, and of course, it’s stunning cities and countryside. French cuisine and viniculture are prized for their clean palates and refined taste. These photos capture that sense of upscale elegance combined with simple deliciousness.
Another country that’s known for its incredible coastline and scrumptious culinary delights, Greece is prized for it’s world-famous olives, plentiful produce, and fresh-caught seafood—they even modeled the world-famous “Mediterranean Diet” on their typical fare, though they may have left out the baklava! Delicious and healthy? Sign us up. Of course, Greek meals are never complete without wine, and while the Greeks may be known for enjoying strong red wine, some of the world’s best and most complex whites are grown in Greek soil.
Our wanderlust-inducing journey has so far focused on Europe, but some of the world’s best food is found in Japan. Another country to count it’s naturally abundant seafood as its culinary mainstay, Japan is famed world-wide for its sushi. Of course, like all countries, its most famous dish is not necessarily its best, and while we love a good dragon roll, we strongly recommend trying Japan’s lesser known offerings, such as Okonomiyaki—that mouth-watering Japanese “pizza” you see below—or a comforting bowl of Udon noodles. And though Japan’s traditional wine is of the rice variety (known as sake), grape lovers can still rejoice, as the island nation has cultivated a lucrative (grape) wine production in the years since the mid-19th century.
India. The name alone conjures images of glorious fountains in sumptuous garden palaces, or the smell of spices mingling in the hot summer air. It’s a romantic, earthy association filled with the promise of adventure and spiritual change à la “Eat, Pray, Love.” Inspire these fantastical thoughts in your audience by enticing them with these images of spicy curry, slow-roasted tikka barbeque, and soft, delicious Naan. For the wine lovers out there, never fear. Although traditionally accompanied by beer, Indian food is being increasingly paired with wine to complete the country’s culinary mastery.
Ah, the good ole’ US of A. For many of our readers, the United States is their own backyard, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still a fantastic travel destination—especially for food and wine lovers. From the barbecue of the American South and Midwest to the ubiquitous Hamburger (despite the dish’s European origin) and Maine’s world-famous lobster, American food has a ton to offer every palate—and with wineries in all 50 states, vinophiles can enjoy a glass wherever their travels take them. It’s not all about Napa anymore, folks.
Of course, this is just a tiny sample of the incredible dishes around the world. Every destination has something fantastic to offer—we just couldn’t fit it all in one article! We hope these photos inspire you (and your audiences) to get out there and get a true taste of this wonderful world of ours.