50 Food and Travel Quotes That Speak to a Foodie Traveler’s Soul

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Looking for food and travel quotes that make your heart and stomach flutter? These food trip quotes will speak to your foodie traveler’s soul.

Food and travel quotes serve as a delicious reminder of the adventures that await us around the globe. They inspire us to dive into new cuisines, immerse ourselves in the local food scene, and appreciate the universal language of food that connects us all.

Consider this: dining out or visiting a farmers market is more than a mere activity—it explores global cultures and tastes. A drunken fish taco transports you to Mazatlán, Mexico, or a slice of Key Lime Pie evokes memories of Key West. From the invention of the cheeseburger in Pasadena, California, to the iconic beignets of New Orleans, every dish has a story of origin and discovery.

Even if it’s just for a few minutes, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single bite. It’s what makes a Tasty Itinerary.

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Below, we share some travel and food quotes from famous authors, renowned chefs, and travelers to celebrate this amazing combination of foodie travel. These food trip quotes will make you want to book your next foodie trip.

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Food and Travel Quotes

1. “If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean or simply across the river. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. It’s a plus for everybody.” – Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain has some of the best and the most food and travel quotes in the world. His passion for exploring the world through food was infectious, and his words of wisdom will never be forgotten.


2. “People who love to eat are always the best people.” – Julia Child

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3. “Food is not just eating energy. It’s an experience.” – Guy Fieri

We couldn’t agree more. Food isn’t just sustenance; it’s a chance to explore other cultures, and it gives us a connection to the world around us.


4. “One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” – Luciano Pavarotti


5. “Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.” – Alan D. Wolfelt


6. “Food brings people together on many different levels. It’s nourishment of the soul and body; it’s truly love.” – Giada De Laurentiis


7. “Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” – John Keats

When you visit Europe and sit outside a piazza, whether on the steps of an old monument or a cafe, this food and travel quote comes to life.


8. “People don’t take trips… trips take people.” – John Steinbeck


9. “In both business and personal life, I’ve always found that travel inspires me more than anything else I do. Evidence of the languages, cultures, scenery, food, and design sensibilities that I discover all over the world can be found in every piece of my jewelry.” – Ivanka Trump


10. “It’s true: Everything tastes best right out of the sea, the fields and the orchards.” – Susan Magsamen


11. “A good restaurant is like a vacation; it transports you, and it becomes a lot more than just about the food.” – Phil Rosenthal

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12. “We live life in restaurants, its the center of social life, where we celebrate with family and friends, make new friends, travel without traveling, and of course, eat.” – Phil Rosenthal

If you haven’t started watching Phil Rosenthal’s travel show Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix, you should. His enthusiasm for food and travel is contagious.


13. “Eat dessert first because life is uncertain.” – Arthur Murray


15. “I am not a great cook, I am not a great artist, but I love art, and I love food, so I am the perfect traveler.” – Michael Palin


14. “People will travel anywhere for good food – it’s crazy.” – Rene Redzepi

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This one hits home the most of all the travel and food quotes, as we always travel to eat delicious food. Locally to abroad.


16. “We live life in restaurants, its the center of social life, where we celebrate with family and friends, make new friends, travel without traveling, and of course, eat.” – Phil Rosenthal


17. “There comes a moment on a journey when something sweet, something irresistible and charming as wine raised to thirsty lips, wells up in the traveler’s being.” – Patrick MacGill


18. “In this life, you should read everything you can read. Taste everything you can taste. Meet everyone you can meet. Travel everywhere you can travel. Learn everything you can learn. Experience everything you can experience.” – Mario Cuomo


19. “With enough butter, anything is good.” – Julia Child

Julia Child was definitely onto something with this food quote. There’s nothing like indulging in a delicious meal with some buttery goodness. Her love for Paris and French cuisine can’t go unnoticed.


20. “Travel is a new experience that can transport you out of your everyday routine to create memories with the ones you love.” – Brian Chesky


21. “Travel is the spice of life.” – Charley Boorman


22. “Food makes travel so exceptional, because you get to taste what it’s actually supposed to taste like. To eat the real Pad Thai or finally have a proper curry is something pretty amazing.” – Meghan Markle


23. “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shaw

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24. “I never subscribe to the stay-at-home policy. I’m not sick of the road or sick of eating in good restaurants around the country. I like to travel.” – Levon Helm


25. “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf


26. “You know, food is such – it’s a hug for people.” – Rachel Ray


We could all use a hug right now, and what better way to get it than through food?

27. “You never know when some small thing will lead to a big idea. Travel is very inspirational – but it’s in the ordinary that I find my themes of love and work and family.” – Adriana Trigiani


28. “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel — as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them — wherever you go.” – Anthony Bourdain


29. “Feed is learning.” – Bee Wilson


30. “All sorrows are less with bread. ” – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra


31. “Food is a gift and should be treated reverentially–romanced and ritualized and seasoned with memory.” – Chris Bohjalian, Secrets of Eden


32. “The best way to know a city is to eat it.” –  Scott Westerfeld

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This is one of those travel and food quotes that is simple but to the point. Trying out local dishes, experiencing new flavors, learning about its history, and meeting people along the way are all part of the adventure. So the next time you travel, don’t forget to eat your way through the city.


33. “There are precious few problems a good taco won’t solve.” – Steve Multer


34. “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” – James Beard


35. “Going to a restaurant is one of my keenest pleasures. Meeting someplace with old and new friends, ordering wine, eating food, surrounded by strangers, I think is the core of what it means to live a civilized life.” – Adam Gopnik


36. “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” – James Michener.


37. “A hangover suggests a great night, jet lag suggests a great adventure.” – J.D. Andrews.


38. “If love is the food of life, travel is the dessert.” – Amanda Jane Sturges


39. “Food should be fun.” – Thomas Keller

Food is fun. Eating is fun.


40. “LOVE: A word properly applied to our delight in particular kinds of food; sometimes metaphorically spoken of the favorite objects of all our appetites.” – Henry Fielding


41. “You can go anywhere in the world, and people’s faces light up when they put delicious food in their mouths.” – Sandi Toksvig

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42. “There is no conflict between a better meal and a better world.” – Rene Redzepi


43. “A great restaurant is one that just makes you feel like you’re not sure whether you went out or you came home and confuses you. If it can do both of those things at the same time, you’re hooked.” – Danny Meyer


44. “Travel is rich with learning opportunities, and the ultimate souvenir is a broader perspective.” – Rick Steves

Rick Steves is one of the pioneers of travel. His advice is to explore, learn, and broaden your perspective.


45. “I take a cooking class everywhere I travel. I find it’s the best way to get to know a culture.” – Blake Lively

Cooking classes and food tours are always on the top of the list of travel experiences for foodies or anyone who wants to learn more about the local foods in the city or country they are visiting.


46. “Traveling is an experience, and you have to experience it as a whole.” – Zareen Khan

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47. “I just couldn’t live without other cultures’ cuisines.” – Henry Golding


48. “Most of us have fond memories of food from our childhood. Whether it was our mom’s homemade lasagna or a memorable chocolate birthday cake, food has a way of transporting us back to the past.” – Homaro Cantu


49. “Where you are is who you are. The further inside you the place moves, the more your identity is intertwined with it. Never casual, the choice of place is the choice of something you crave.” – Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy


50. “Great Eats. Great Vacations.” – Tasty Itinerary


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Kathy Ava

Meet Kathy Ava, a food, travel, and cruise writer based in Los Angeles/Pasadena, and the owner and main writer of Tasty Itinerary. With over 20 years of experience planning trips and logistics at her full-time job and for herself, she's become a pro at crafting unforgettable tasty itineraries. She's always on the hunt for delicious, fun travel destinations and cruise itineraries. She firmly believes that life is short and we must make the most of it, so always say yes to dessert.

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