But sometimes a local with a few favourite hangouts isn’t enough. Experts are the way to really expand our knowledge of our chosen obsession.
In Paris, Context Travel can have you exploring the patisseries of the Left Bank with pastry chefs from the city’s finest Michelin-star kitchens. Cocoa expert and renowned chocolatier Chloé Doutre-Roussel can likewise lead you through the chocolate shops of Paris, or on a guided trip to the cacao plantations of Venezuela, Brazil, or Mexico.
In the wake of food tourism, architectural travel is an obvious second choice. We’re here to see the place, and much of that is the built environment. Uncovering the layers of history that shaped a city is a beguiling way to get under its skin.
In Johannesburg, various companies offer walking tours that unpack everything from street art to street food, slowly doing their bit to change out-of-touch perceptions of the city.
Across the border in Maputo you’ll find similar wandering with Maputo a Pé, whose founder Jane Flood is passionate about the city’s architectural heritage.
“People have this crazy notion that the city was wrecked by the war, which is entirely wrong,” Flood says. Indeed, turn your gaze skywards, and you’ll discover an open-air gallery exhibiting the striking work of Amâncio “Pancho” Guedes, who sculpted much of the Maputo skyline in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, designing hundreds of buildings in the dying days of Portuguese control.
Back within our borders, readers of The Telegraph can join a tour created to unravel South Africa’s sociopolitical history. You’ll be escorted by the paper’s South African correspondent, journalist Peta Thornycroft, and visit Robben Island in the company of Christo Brand, Nelson Mandela’s guard on the island. Access, not excess, is part of this new luxury.