HelloFresh is teaming up with Chase and Marriott to bring you at-home culinary journeys. Why you need to try them.

  • Travel is the best way to explore cultures, but the pandemic has put many travel plans on hold.
  • Still, a recent survey found that frequent travelers were planning their next trip.
  • To help people enjoy the good of travel from home, The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Card has teamed up with HelloFresh to help people enjoy "Tastecations" from home, available October 3-30.
  • We spoke with HelloFresh’s principal chef and head of recipe development to talk about how food helps us explore cultures, stay connected, and inspire travel.

The pandemic has put many plans on hold — especially travel.

But it doesn't mean people aren't dreaming about their next trip. A recent Travel Leaders Network survey found that half of frequent travelers polled were planning their next vacation for later in 2020 or 2021.

No matter what your situation, The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Card is committed to inspiring travel that moves you, even if you're not ready to visit your dream destinations in person just yet.

Every Tastecations recipe is inspired by destinations around the world: Korea, England, Italy, and Mexico.
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That's why they've teamed up with HelloFresh, the world's leading meal-kit company, to help people go on global culinary journeys — or Tastecations — from home. Beginning October 3 through October 30, HelloFresh subscribers can choose international recipes inspired by destinations from around the world.

"Food is very much the heartbeat of culture," Claudia Sidoti, principal chef and head of recipe development at HelloFresh, says. "It's also a way we start to open ourselves up to learn about other cultures, whether we're conscious of it or not."

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Trying cuisines from cultures outside your own helps you appreciate the details in their gastronomical makeup, from iconic ingredients to distinctive flavor combinations.

Each Tastecations recipe makes this even easier to explore with step-by-step instructions, along with tips for bringing each destination's flavors and nuances to your kitchen.

"Food is a universal language," Sidoti says. "It transcends the spoken word, language, religion, race, gender. It's that unifying thing that brings people together."

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Of course 2020 will be forever known as the year that made Zoom weddings and socially distant birthday car parades a thing. But for your less formal virtual gatherings, cooking together can be a fun way to mix up video calls with friends or family.

To eliminate the stress of hunting down ingredients at the grocery store or online, you and your cooking buddies can have a Tastecations date where everything you need is delivered in one box.

"The idea of sitting together, breaking bread, and bonding over food, it's something that's been done forever," Sidoti says. "It's that thing that makes us human."

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"I've been doing a lot of global cooking during this pandemic time," Sidoti says, emphasizing how it helps her stay engaged with the world while she's unable to travel. "I want to try to eat things that make me feel like I'm traveling, even for that small moment." 

And it makes sense. Studies show particular tastes or smells can unlock happy memories from past adventures, and have been linked to boosting serotonin levels. Plus, new sensory experiences in the kitchen can inspire trips to look forward to — and every Tastecations recipe comes with information on a local hotel participating in Marriott Bonvoy™ to help you take that first step toward planning your future adventure. 

"When we cook, we live in both places — the memory of being there and then the romance of going there in the future," Sidoti says. "That's what I think these recipes help do."

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This post was created by Insider Studios with The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Card from Chase.

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