Have you ever eaten fresh pasta in Italy? If so, you’ve experienced the best food this world has to offer, according to a new study.

Research into the food and travel goals of 2,000 Americans found authentic Italian pasta as the most-desired cuisine and top of the list of the 25 food experiences worth jetting off for.

The ultimate list of eats saw Belgian chocolate and Mexican Tacos make the top three bucket-list foods we should all be aiming to sample in their country of origin.

Sitting down to enjoy a French croissant finished fifth on the list while tasting chicken and rice from the Caribbean or trying pad thai in Thailand also finished high among the foodie aims.

The study of 2,000 people across the country, conducted by market researchers OnePoll and commissioned by IntrepidTravel.com, which runs culinary adventure tours in destinations all over the world, identified the significance food plays in absorbing a new country’s culture.

Also on America’s food bucket-list was Spanish paella, Moroccan couscous and, surprisingly, a deep-fried candy bar from Scotland? The acquired taste appeared as the 13th most-desired treat to want to sample abroad.

While the survey highlights BBQ ribs, steak, and New York style pizza as some of the best food America has to offer, almost three in ten say they usually get bored with the food they typically eat while at home.

It’s no wonder then that in planning their next adventure, more than 73 percent research the food and look for advice on the best eating hot spots.

Sixty-three percent of the people surveyed said experiencing the different cuisines is what excites them the most about vacationing.

“Food is an integral part of Intrepid Travel’s mission to offer real and immersive cultural experiences to our travelers,” says Leigh Barnes, North America director for Intrepid Travel.

“From unique flavours to the cultural origin, it’s that sense of taste that evokes a true understanding and sense of place. As the demand for these experiences continues to grow, Intrepid Travel will offer adventurers the opportunity to check off their food bucket-list.”

Over a fifth of travellers actually spend ‘most’ of their vacation time abroad checking out local eateries and food.

While trying the local food and going to the beach are what Americans enjoy doing the most while vacationing abroad, according to the results.

But the figures show Americans don’t always make the best of their travels. One in seven regret how their last trip played out as they felt they’d wasted the chance to explore or experience more.

Looking back at their last vacation a quarter say they wasted time doing things they could have done at home – including sleeping in, watching American TV, and spending too much time in the hotel/resort rather than exploring the local community.

It’s important for most Americans to experience different cultures – 67 percent of those surveyed said it’s essential for them to be able to explore the different cultures around the world.

Nearly seven in ten would visit another country specifically for the cultural experience – specifically the landmarks, nature, people or cuisines.


  1. Pasta (Italy)
  2. Chocolate (Belgian)
  3. Tacos (Mexico)
  4. Fish and chips (England)
  5. Croissant (France)
  6. Enchiladas (Mexico)
  7. Chicken with rice (Caribbean)
  8. Roast dinner (England)
  9. Paella (Spain)
  10. Pad Thai (Thai)
  11. Tandoori chicken (Indian)
  12. Peking roasted duck (China)
  13. Deep fried candy bar (Scotland)
  14. Sushi (Japanese)
  15. Scotch pies (Scotland)
  16. Couscous (Moroccan)
  17. Hummus (Lebanese)
  18. Souvlaki (Greek)
  19. Croquettes (Spain)
  20. Coq au vin (France)
  21. Parma ham (Italy)
  22. Gazpacho (Spain)
  23. Masala (Indian)
  24. Kimchi (Korean)
  25. Pepperpot (Caribbean)


  1. BBQ ribs
  2. Fried chicken
  3. Cheeseburger
  4. Philly cheese steak
  5. New York style pizza
  6. Cheesecake
  7. Steak
  8. Macaroni and cheese
  9. Apple pie
  10. Meatloaf and mashed potatoes
  11. Maine lobster
  12. French fries
  13. Chicago style pizza
  14. Chocolate-chip cookies
  15. Biscuits ‘n’ gravy
  16. Buttermilk biscuits
  17. Pancakes with maple syrup
  18. Buffalo wings
  19. Hot dogs
  20. BLT
  21. Pecan pie
  22. Krispy Kreme glazed donut
  23. Clam chowder
  24. Crab cakes
  25. Chili dog

For more information on Intrepid Travel’s Ultimate Foodie Tour visit: Intrepid Travel Food

***This survey of 2000 US adults was conducted between December 07, 2016 and December 12, 2016 by Market Researchers OnePoll and commissioned by Intrepid Travel.

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