Are Connecticut travelers different from any others in their choice of summer vacation destinations?
Hard data is elusive. But state AAA travel consultants have noticed some trends that might be summed up in a short command: Go north or go eat.
The latter almost explains itself. Culinary vacations seem to be increasingly popular nationally. They may be dedicated to imbibing on vineyard and distillery tours, as well as to dining, perhaps with a host family or at a restaurant where the chef doubles as cooking instructor. Millennial travelers seem especially drawn to “food experiences,” according to one survey, that also found 22 million people of all ages expected to take a culinary vacation this year. The trips are likely to be to familiar foreign food capitals, like France, Italy and Spain, says Fran Mayko, public affairs officer at AAA’s regional Hamden office, but not necessarily.