I've rarely gone very far from New Jersey but it's always been a dream of mine to travel the world exploring my passion for tea. There are so many places to choose from that it I don't even know where I would start. Here are the top five destinations on my wish list (in no particular order):
The Charleston Plantation - This plantation, owned by Bigelow, is located in South Carolina. It is home to 127 acres of tea plants and a working tea factory. I'd love to visit during their annual harvest festival. This one seems the easiest since it's not TOO far of a drive from home.
Hawaii - Beautiful islands and beaches plus all of the tea plantations springing up there? I can't think of a reason not to go to Hawaii as soon as possible. Some of the farms I've been looking at are Mauna Kea Tea, Moonrise Tea and Cloudwater Tea.
China - I've wanted to travel to China ever since I first became interested in tea. Seven Cups Fine Chinese Teas runs tours every year that sound like a once in a lifetime experience. Although not inexpensive, they seem to be pretty all inclusive once you arrive in China.
World Tea Expo - Viva Las Vegas! I've never been able to go but the World Tea Expo is certainly the place to be for everyone in the tea world. I'd really like to attend this year, especially since a little birdie told me that The Devotea will be there.
Portugal - Not many people are aware but there is a gorgeous tea plantation on São Miguel Island, off the coast of Portugal. It is the oldest tea farm in Europe. I've sampled and enjoyed some of their tea. It would be a real treat to see it being made in person.
Have you done any tea traveling? I'd love to hear about it! If you're interested in writing a guest post about your tea travel experience, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org :)