I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: one of the best parts of traveling is getting the opportunity to do “non-touristy” things. That’s why I was so excited when I came across Vizeat. The idea behind the Vizeat platform is simple, but enticing: to connect travelers with locals who host events. These events can be anything from cooking classes, wine tastings, or even a dinner with traditional food. How awesome is that? Just think of all the options! You could learn to make pastries in Paris, chow down on true Paella in Barcelona, or taste wine on your visit to the Italian countryside. Not to mention, all of these activities involve the unique chance to interact with actual locals.
How does it work?
Vizeat is super user-friendly. In fact, you can kind of think of it as the next Uber or Air B&B, but for meals! If you’re interested in finding a Vizeat event while traveling, all you have to do is search using the location. In fact, the platform currently has hosts in over 110 countries. When you find an event that you’d like to attend, choose a date, and “request to book” the event. After requesting, you’ll then receive an answer from your host within 24 hours. Next, you’ll receive the address for the event, and you’re good to go! All that’s left to do is show up, eat some delicious food, and socialize.
My Vizeat experience
I decided to attend my first Vizeat experience on a recent trip to Lisbon, Portugal. After having a few days in the city to go around and explore, I knew I wanted to get the chance to sit down and understand the city on a deeper level. So, I went on the search for a Vizeat event in the city where I could taste some traditional Portuguese cuisine. Luckily, I came across Zé’s event: Unpretentious Everyday Meal.
The next day, at 8 o’clock in the evening, my boyfriend and I showed up to enjoy our first experience with Vizeat. We weren’t sure what to expect, but what I can tell you is that we were blown away by the food, conversation, and opportunity to understand Portuguese culture on a deeper level. Zé not only fed our bodies, he fed our minds with information about Portuguese cuisine, history, and what it’s like to grow up in a typical Portuguese family.
- An appetizer of cured meats and cheeses
- Portuguese red and white wine
- Scrambled eggs with farinheira (a scrumptious Portuguese sausage)
- Fried strawberries (a special dessert!)
We ate, we drank, and the best part is: we connected. The truth is, I don’t always get to meet many locals during my travels, but with Vizeat, I was able to meet a group of people from Portugal, Brazil, China, and Chile and make friends who I hope to see again sometime. In summary, thanks for the memories, Vizeat!