You’ve heard people use the term “foodie”… You might be wondering, what exactly is a foodie and who makes the determination that you are a foodie? Well, in short, a foodie is someone who loves to eat but also someone who loves all aspects of food. Foodies are also willing to travel for food as well.
To be someone who’s so passionate about food in all aspects and to also be willing to travel for it, kind of makes you wonder why not turn those two passions into a profitable business? Just think about it… When you go to work each day, are you doing what you love to do? Are you passionate about what you’re doing for a living?
Well, according to Forbes, if you’re like the 66% of employees surveyed in a Gallup study, you may not hate your job but you are definitely not engaged or passionate about your job. And that’s okay… you’re not alone in this.
Foodies come from all over the globe just to taste food from different countries. Can you imagine going to the Istanbul Food Tour? It would be one of the most amazing experiences in your life! People think that a foodie is someone who is all about tasting different foods but “foodie-ism” is much more than that. When you’re a foodie, food is an experience.
Everything from the culture and social scene to the unique and diverse people you meet while experiencing food from different lands, you’ll find a deep appreciation for the different culinary offerings and ultimately look at food as a way of life.
Whether you like to eat or cook, you can still travel the world doing both. What you may not realize is that the careers in food are just as unique and flavorful as the foodies themselves. Once you come to the realization that food is not just a necessity for the body, you’ll see that there are so many unique ways to experience food other than just on your taste buds.
In fact, you can experience food in ways that you can actually turn your passion for food into a lucrative and profitable business! From food writing in Los Angeles to farming in India, who says you can’t have the best of both worlds? Take a look at the different ways you can turn your passion for food and travel into a profitable business.
Ways to Turn Your Love of Food and Travel Into a Profitable Business
1. Food Writer
Some foodies have a way with words and their pen is just as strong (if not stronger) as their spatula. To be gifted in writing is a very special talent but in that talent, you also have to have a passion and it’s your passion that gives you all the right words to put in writing.
As a foodie, your passion is food, and every aspect of it. With your passion for food and talent for writing, it only makes perfect sense for you to explore the world of food writing. Food writing can come in the form of finding a website blogging platform and creating your own food blog or visiting different restaurants and writing restaurant reviews about the restaurant. And get this… you can travel anywhere in the world and write about the food you’ve experienced!
Your writing can range from the service you received and the actual taste and presentation of the food to how food is a direct link between culture, romance, history, health, and politics… Food is no longer just a critique from the view of your taste buds… it’s a way of life, literally.
2. Food Truck Owner
You’ve heard people say, “I hate to eat and run but…” Well, it seems like people have said it so much that they’ve turned it into a profitable business. Being a food truck owner is the poster child of fast food and food on the go!
With a food truck, you’re taking your love of food and combining it with business management skills and putting it on wheels. There are, of course, certain rules and regulations you have to follow as far as the legalities and where you can park your food truck but once you’ve overcome those hurdles, you can have a very profitable business wherever you travel to.
3. Food Stylist
This particular job might sound strange to you but it’s indeed a real job. Stylists aren’t just for models and celebrities… oh no… hamburgers, steaks, and legs of lamb also have stylists as well.
As silly as it sounds, it’s actually a lucrative business to get into, and if it’s done right you can make a business lots of money. The science behind food styling is that the more appealing or “attractive” the food is, the more likely people will order the food, creating profits for businesses.
So if you have a way with your own personal style, it’s very possible that you can make a juicy steak look just as attractive as it is flavorful!
4. Food Tour Vendor
If you want to talk about having the best of both worlds… being a vendor at a food tour is the ultimate way to get the best of both worlds! You’re not only selling your own food but you’re also in the presence of other amazingly delicious foods!
By working in a food tour as a vendor, you have the opportunity to go around tasting other vendors’ foods. A lot of times there are contests at these food tours… Who has the best barbecue or who has the best chili, seafood, etc… But when you’re in the midst of it all and connecting with the other vendors, it’s not a competition at all… Ultimately, you’re in the midst of good friends.
It’s at these food tours where you can connect and meet some really great people. You might meet people that you can cross-market with, helping each other out with business. The most important takeaway with being a food tour vendor is the fact that you’re surrounded by food… Not too many people can say that!
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