New Year, No Diet: 5 Gluttonous Trips for 2021

New Year, No Diet: 5 Gluttonous Trips for 2021

2021 is upon us. Perhaps your inbox is stacking up with peppy messages of getting fitter and healthier? After all, not even a pandemic can stop the excess pounds from the seasonal onslaught of mince pies and turkey.

But frankly, after the cataclysm of 2020, we’re in favour of shelving any drastic plans for pre-dawn running schedules and daily kale smoothies. Instead, doesn’t indulging well into the new year seems a more appealing option under the circumstances?

 

Blowout in Sicily

Blowout in Sicily

When it comes to epicurean indulgence, there are few rivals to Italy. In Sicily, food is celebrated, traditional, and utterly delicious. The food markets are sensational, serving fresh ingredients in mouth-watering combinations that draw on influences from Spanish, Greek and Arabic cuisine. As you wander the streets of Palermo, sample arancino (deep-fried rice balls), impanata (bread dough snacks), sfincione (pizza with onions and cheese), plus pastries and ice cream galore. If it all sounds a bit gluttonous, well, it is. But surely the perfect post-lockdown splurge.

 

Satiate in South Africa

Satiate in South Africa

The Dutch, Indians, Malaysians and French have influenced South African cuisine over the years. All in all, making for some pretty incredible dishes and flavours. Deep in the Winelands, you’ll gorge on braai (barbequed food), cheeses, and chocolates and chase them down with carefully paired local vinos. You’ll have earned these indulgences – our trip to South Africa starts with climbing Table Mountain, cycling from the Cape of Good Hope to Boulders Beach, and kayaking alongside the famous penguins. There’s also the chance to work off some of the Winelands excesses with hiking through Jonkershoek Nature Reserve and sandboarding the Atlantis Dunes.

 

Gorge guiltily in Amalfi

Gorge Guiltily in Amalfi

If you’re in no mood to dial down your Christmas and lockdown indulgences, Italy always has your back. Along the Amalfi Coast, excellent food, delicious coffee, and zesty glasses of limoncello await. The trip is punctuated with easy hikes, leisurely swims, and some gentle kayaking to ease any lingering over-indulgence guilt (and let you get back to those sweet Italian pastries double-quick).

 

Be virtuous in Vietnam

Be Virtuous in Vietnam

If you’re determined to kickstart 2021 with some healthy new habits, we applaud you. A trip to Vietnam could set you on the right track. Daybreak Tai Chi, some Laughing Yoga, and cycle rides are all on the itinerary. But you’ll also dedicate plenty of time to exploring sensational Vietnamese flavours at food markets in Saigon and in a countryside cooking class in Hoi An. Along the way, you’ll nourish your body with pho, Vietnamese soup, and Bun Cha, a famous dish of noodles, broth, meat and greens.

 

Detox in Portugal

Detox in Portugal

If Christmas and lockdown excesses have taken their toll, a new year health boost might seem a non-negotiable. And while we think that calorie counting should be off the agenda, switching up the menu to fresher, more wholesome ingredients is never a bad thing. In Portugal, days of surfing, biking and spa-ing end with fresh fish curry dinners overlooking the sea. This is detoxing of the easy variety – no gruelling exercise regimes or hardcore diets required.

 

Who said you had to curb your sweet tooth in 2021? If this delicious selection of mouth-watering trips have given you urge to book the ultimate foodie trip next year, check out our broader range of Edits holidays by clicking here.

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