Picture this: You have just arrived in your Paris hotel after a long, transatlantic flight. You are jet lagged and your back is killing you. The sound of the raindrops on your room’s window reminds you of Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”. Not the best weather for sightseeing, but on the other hand the list of the things you have planned to see in the French capital is longer than your bucket list.
Will there be enough time? The pressure is piling up fast. Should you first go to Marais and check out the crowds or start by hitting the queues at Musée d’Orsay? Is Y’s already closed for today?
But first you need to grab a bite. You haven’t eaten anything since that lousy airline food and you are starving. But where should you go? Too confused to check what the guys in Lonely Planet are suggesting.
In moments like this, don’t you wish you could have some comfort food in a warm and cosy home, where you could enjoy a friendly, unpretentious chat, and even get some useful travel tips from local experts?
If the answer is yes, then go “VizEat“! When traveling is also about interacting with locals, making new friendships, bonding while tasting delicious food, VizEat might be a concept you would like to give it a try in one of your next journeys.
What is VizEat?
VizEat is an online service that gives travelers the chance to reserve a homey meal in a number of cities around the world. At VizEat, you could also register yourself as a host and make a few extra bucks, while having fun meeting new people at the comfort of your own home.
Marie-Claude, a VizEat host ((courtesy of VizEat)
VizEat has a fast growing network of hosts in many European countries, the US, Asia, and Australia. What these people have in common is their love for food, traveling and sharing experiences. Does it sound like somebody you know?
How to become a host?
Becoming a host is simple. At first you need to complete a quick and easy registration at VizEat and get started with your first meal. You get to pick the price of the meal, the date you wish to offer it and the details of the menu. The meal can be anything you like and served any time of the day. It could be brunch, finger food, tapas, a full feast or just a simple apéro.
Future hosts are free to upload pictures of their meal, perhaps even share some information about themselves, their hobbies and city. When you are ready, all you have to do is publish your meal on VizEat. As soon as VizEaters are interested in your meal, you’ll receive a booking demand. You are free to accept or reject the meal bookings you receive.
When the booking has been confirmed, you’ll be able to interact with your guests. You can for example provide directions to your address, so that your guests can come on over and enjoy a fabulous meal. Your payment will be available directly through VizEat the day after the meal.
My favorites on VizEat
While browsing around VizEat‘s website, I came across many interesting options. My favorite ones are “From Hong Kong to Bangkok” served by Charlotte in Hong Kong, “4Seasons Menu” served by Benny and Bula in Rome, and “Sfaxian Fish Soup/Couscous/grilled fish” served by Salma in Tunisia.
What do you think about VizEat as a concept? Is it something you would like to try?
(traveller’s tree is an affiliate of VizEat Ltd)