TASTE THE WORLD...
SALT & WIND TRAVEL
Cooking Classes. Food Crawls. Wine Tastings. Local Food. Independent Makers.
If you're fluent in food and travel, you're in the right place. Salt & Wind Travel was created by food and travel expert, Food Network personality, and chef, Aida Mollenkamp. She believes you don't really know a place until you've broken bread there, so she launched Salt & Wind Travel to help travelers dive deeper into her favorite food corners of the world.
As a California native, Aida is drawn to places that share the Golden State mentality -- an independent spirit, a creative culture, and a unique food scene. That's why we travel to places she loves to eat and travel: Hawaii, Italy, Mexico, and Spain. Through our group trips, travel planning, and itinerary services, we help food lovers travel in good taste.
Food and Travel Experts. Deep Local Knowledge. Highly Curated Experiences.
Like our founder, Aida Mollenkamp, the Salt & Wind Travel team has expertise in all things culinary – from journalism to restaurants to hospitality – and we love to share that passion with our travelers. We have lived or worked in every place we travel, so we have insider access to the top makers and experts in these, our favorite food destinations.
Salt & Wind started as an editorial site so we curate and lead our trips like editors would: through storytelling. Our trips are like a hybrid of a stunning travel documentary, an insane food tour, and a really good party! Our itineraries are highly curated, which means we have a say in every last activity on the itinerary. Each destination is meticulously research, each travel partner hand picked, and each activity personally coordinated all in the name of introducing you to the creatives, the foods, and the sights that make these regions delicious.
Here's what our guests have to say about traveling 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, well prepared, and accommodating. I'd recommend this trip to anyone looking for an adventure 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. I know every detail will be taken care of and I can just pack, show up and have an amazing and memorable experience." - Trina A.
Our 1st love is food so that is the core of our trips. Even so, each trip mixes food and culture so you leave seeing all sides of a city.
Exclusive ressies, private events, a group photog, and a concierge? Yup, you'll be rolling in style.
A max of 12 guests means you'll never be alone yet never feel like you're actually on a group trip.
We partner with regional guides and experts who share their local knowledge in every place we visit.
We only travel to cities and regions we know inside and out, having lived or worked in each and every place.
We've done all the research, scheduling, and planning, so you won't have to worry one moment.
Our founder, Aida Mollenkamp, personally picks every event, partner, and meal for every trip.
We’ve got a few tricks (and special gifts) up our sleeve that you'll only see when you join us on the trip!
Boutique hotel accommodations with complimentary wifi
5-star hotel accommodations with complimentary wifi (Italy only)
Meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant (Italy & Spain only)
All meals listed in the itinerary (plus one alcoholic drink at each lunch and dinner)
Hands-on cooking class 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 any issues and to 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?)
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
Taco tour in Tijuana? Vermouth tasting in Spain? Cooking class in Italy? Join our boutique group trips to meet fellow food lovers and discover a new side to our favorite food destinations.
Couples trip, family get-together, bachelorette, girls getaway...if you already have your crew, 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 from travel advice and itinerary planning to trip bookings to make it all that much easier.