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Travel For Food Lovers
Curated Food Tours. Cooking Classes. Wine Tastings. Fellow Food Lovers.
If you communicate through food, you're in the right place! Salt & Wind Travel was created by food and travel expert, Food Network personality, and chef, Aida Mollenkamp who believes you don't know a place until you've broken bread there. She launched Salt & Wind Travel to help food travelers dive deeper into the most delicious corners of the world.
Salt & Wind Travel's professional team curates unique travel experiences in the places Aida loves to eat and travel: California, France, Hawaii, Italy, Mexico, and Spain. Through our group trips, travel planning, and itinerary services, we use our expertise and extensive local knowledge to help food lovers travel in good taste.
curated travel itineraries
By Food Lovers
Food and Travel Experts. Local Knowledge. Insider Access.
Team Salt & Wind Travel are professionals with expertise in all things food – from journalism to restaurant service to hospitality – and we love to share that passion with our travelers. We have lived or worked in every place we lead our curated tours, which means we have insider access to the top makers and experts in our favorite food destinations.
Salt & Wind started as an editorial site, so we lead our group travel experiences like editors would: through storytelling. Our trips are like a hybrid of a travel documentary, an insane food tour, and a really good party! And our group travel itineraries are highly curated, which means we weigh in on every last activity we place on the itinerary.
Each destination — from Mexico to Italy and Spain -— is meticulously researched, each travel partner handpicked, and each activity personally experienced, all in the name of introducing you to the creatives, the foods, and the sights that make these regions delicious.
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Group Travel Testimonials
Hear what our guests have to say about group travel experiences with Salt & Wind:
"Salt & Wind curated a thorough, thoughtful, unique itinerary with no detail overlooked. From meeting local artists to tasting street food, I left with a newfound respect for this region of Mexico.
Team Salt & Wind is knowledgeable, prepared, and accommodating. I'd recommend this group travel experience to anyone looking to travel off the beaten path." - Sophie E.
"As a Californian I've been to Mexico countless times, but never stopped in Tijuana or wine country and probably never would have had I not joined Salt & Wind. They opened my eyes to the incredible food and wine just across the border. I'm grateful to Team Salt & Wind for showing me more of Mexico. I'll be back with friends!!" - Nicole C.
"Traveling to Mexico with Salt and Wind was amazing. They introduced us to sites and tastes just south of San Diego that not many visitors get to see. The taco and beer crawl through Tijuana was my fave but, honestly, the entire trip was incredible. A++!" - Taber G.
"Salt & Wind exceeded my every expectation by offering insider's access to Baja California. I have been a strict vegetarian for almost 30 years and I can truly say that, for the first time ever, I didn't need to open one protein bar. The staff went out of their way to ensure I was included, full, and happy at every meal.
In addition to the food, we explored local craft beer, markets, vineyards, boutiques, and even an art gallery where I scored a piece from an emerging local artist! I was so impressed with this Salt & Wind trip; I can't wait to book my next group travel experience. I know every detail will be taken care of so I can just pack, show up and have an amazing experience." - Trina A.
A DIFFERENT KIND OF group travel
The Salt & Wind Way
FOOD & DRINK FIRST
Our 1st love is food so that is the core focus of our itineraries, but even so, each trip mixes in culture, shopping, and fun so you see all sides of a place.
SMALL GROUP TRAVEL
A max of 12 guests means you'll never be alone, yet never feel like you're actually on a group trip.
Exclusive reservations, private driver, curated events, boutique accommodations, a photographer, and a concierge? You'll be rolling in style.
We partner with tour guides and travel experts who share their insider tips to every place we visit.
We only lead group travel experiences to cities and countries we know inside and out, having lived or worked in each and every place.
We've done all the research, scheduling, and planning -- all you have to do is show up.
Our team personally picks every experience, tour guide, travel partner, and restaurant for every single trip.
A FEW SURPRISES
We’ve got a few tricks (and gifts) up our sleeve that you'll only see when you join us on the trip!
All In The Details
Your Trip Includes...
Here's what's included in a Salt & Wind group travel experience:
Boutique hotel accommodations with complimentary wifi
Meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant (Italy & Spain)
All meals listed in the itinerary (plus one alcoholic drink at each lunch and dinner)
Hands-on cooking classes with our founder & food personality, Aida Mollenkamp
Tapas crawl (Spain), taco crawl (Mexico), and street food tours (Milan & Hawaii)
Wine or liquor tastings at artisanal distilleries and wineries
Indie shopping, art gallery visits, and pop-ups with local creatives
Artisanal market and food tours conducted by regional food experts
Complimentary yoga classes, biking, and walks
A group concierge to help you with your needs and plan any extra excursions
A group photographer so you can enjoy the moment
A minimum of 10 edited group photos daily
Group transportation to/from all events listed on the itinerary
Tips for all meals, hotels, drivers, and activity guides included in the itinerary
Wifi hotspots at all times
A few gifts from some of our favorite travel brands
Free time so you can explore on your own
Access to the S&W Travel alumni network for exclusive discounts and events
A couple surprises! (You didn’t think we’d tell you every last detail, did you?)
Here's what's not included in your group travel experience:
Any incidental expenses (shopping, room service, extra drinks, etc)
Tips for photographer and trip hosts
Required travel insurance
Any meals not listed in the itinerary
Any extra excursions or events you plan with our concierge
Ground or air transportation from your home to/from the destination
Alcohol beyond 1 drink at both lunch and dinner
Any room service or minibar charges
OUR FAVORITE PLACES for GROUP TRAVEL
Where We Travel
feeding food lovers curiosity
Trip Planning Services
Taco tour in Tijuana? Vermouth tasting in Spain? Cooking class in Italy? Join our next group travel experience to meet fellow food lovers and discover a new side to our favorite food destinations.
Couples trip, family reunion, bachelorette, girls trip. If you already have your travel partners, but don't want to deal with the hassle of planning, we can help.
Need advice on where to eat in San Diego or whether it's worth it to road trip to Rioja? We'll handle everything for your next trips from itinerary planning to trip bookings to make it all that much easier.