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Things to Consider with Culinary School Vacations

Updated on April 1, 2009

Are you the kind of person that thinks that one of the best parts of traveling to a foreign country is to get a taste of great local food? Do you also have an interest in learning to prepare great food in your own home? If both of these things sound like they make sense for you then you could definitely be someone who would enjoy the experience of a culinary school vacation. As the name suggests, this is a vacation that you take for the specific purpose of studying at a local culinary school in the destination that you choose to visit. For example, you may take a trip to Italy where you would attend a culinary school to learn about cooking Italian food in your own home.

Culinary school vacations are increasingly popular methods of enjoying travel in a new place. However, there are some things to take into consideration about this trip before determining whether or not it is the right type of vacation for you. Assess the following aspects of the culinary school vacation to decide if this is something that would be worth trying out.


One of the most important things to take into consideration when planning any culinary school vacation is the cost of the trip. For some people, a well-planned culinary school vacation can be a low-cost method of travel. For others, however, this is an expensive way to see the country. This depends partially on the deals that you find for your culinary school vacation but mostly on your normal travel style.

The cost of these vacations usually includes your education, airfare and hotel as well as much of your food costs. If you are the kind of person who typically travels on a tight budget then you will probably find that even inexpensive culinary school vacations cost more than what you would normally pay to go on a trip. That’s because you would be likely to find an inexpensive hostel for lodging and you would get your education from free local activities instead of a class.

In contrast, if you are the kind of person who would typically spend a lot of money on dining out and seeing cultural things in the area then you may find that the combined cost of the trip as planned out by the culinary school vacation is actually as affordable as – or even cheaper than – what you would normally spend on travel to the same destination. Assess this carefully when deciding whether or not culinary vacations make sense for you.


In addition to consider cost, you should consider what type of schedule you like to keep when you travel. Some people will find that the structured schedule of a classroom environment is a benefit when they are traveling. Others find that spending so much time in the classroom during a vacation diminishes their experience of the country that they are visiting and conflicts with their natural inclination for sleeping or adventuring at certain times of the day.

Other opportunities

Another thing to consider is whether you want to explore a culinary school vacation that stays in the classroom or one that will offer you other opportunities during your travel as well. Many programs offer day trips to places like vineyards or farmer’s markets to compliment the experience of learning to cook in this foreign country. Some people find that they appreciate this added experience whereas others don’t consider it worth the added cost that it usually comes along with.

Traveling with others

Were you planning to travel alone or with others? Very few people find that an entire family or group of friends really wants to enjoy a culinary school vacation together. Some can still travel together with one person enjoying the culinary school experience and the others simply seeing the destination. Others will find that culinary school vacations are particularly great for traveling alone because it creates a sort of community for them at their destination.

Meeting others and the issue of language

One of the best things about culinary school vacations is that they’re a great place to meet people at your destination. However, it should be noted that you need to think carefully about the language barriers that you may encounter in these classes. Find out if the classes for the vacation that you’re taking is taught in a language that you understand. If not, decide whether you think this is a great challenge and a terrific way to learn the local language or too much of a stressor to allow you to enjoy the trip.


One of the things that you’ll need to consider if you do decide to go on a culinary school vacation is the destination you would like to enjoy. The majority of culinary school vacations are planned for places that are well-known for both their tourist appeal and their culinary experience – places like France and Italy. However, it is possible to go on a culinary school vacation to more remote parts of the world as well as to travel locally within the United States to a culinary school experience.

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Culinary School Vacations

Ultimately, you just need to weigh all of these things and to decide for yourself if you would enjoy the experience of a culinary school vacation. If you enjoy cooking and you like being in a classroom then you will probably enjoy one of these vacations. This is particularly true if you are traveling alone, are seeking to meet others and would like to have a structured schedule at a popular destination. Stop to think about yourself and your travel style and you’ll probably be able to get a good sense from your gut about whether or not culinary school vacations are right for you.


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    CulinarySchools4U 7 years ago

    A culinary school vacation. What a great idea!