When you are traveling, it’s always nice to experience a different culture, meet people, and of course, eat local foods. However, we’ve heard a number of horror stories about food poisoning when traveling to a different place. You wouldn’t want to experience that. Would you? Then this post is for you.
We have gathered a number of tips from travelers on how you can avoid getting sick when trying out local delicacies. While this is not 100% guaranteed to keep you safe, it should decrease the chances of getting sick by miles!
How to stay safe when eating foods abroad
Check local eateries near universities
If you want to get clean, delicious, quick, and safe lunch meal, then you can go to a nearby university. They usually have a stretch of street foods that can cater to the school’s population. However, try not to go there during the afternoon and evening because the foods have been sitting there for a while.
You might want to choose restaurants or food stalls where you can see how the food is being prepared. Specifically for stalls, make sure to check out how they prepare your food. Are they using clean utensils? Are they using the same hands for handling food and money?
Stick with fully cooked meals
While there are a few countries where they eat raw food, remember that some of us can’t handle it. Just to be safe, always make sure that your foods are fully cooked. If you want to be adventurous, then go ahead and take a bite of the raw options. Just make sure you have the appropriate medicine at hand.
Look if the lines are long
When you are out of the country and you want to try their street foods and local foods, you must check the lines. Is it long? Or is it empty? Long lines are a sign that the food stall has a good reputation. Another tip is that you check who falls in line. If you see women, men, and children, then you are safe to choose your food there.
Know when the locals eat
Just so you know, not everyone has a standard eating time. For example, people from Europe eat later than those who live in North America. As a traveler, it is encouraged that you eat at the same time as the locals. Restaurants and stalls would usually prepare food according to the local time that customers would go in. If you eat at a later time, the food might not be fresh.
Try to avoid drinks being sold in the streets
Even if it is tempting to try out local drinks, be more cautious. It’s really hard to define if the water being used is clean. But if you are sure, then go ahead and quench your thirst with local drinks.
Are there more ideas you can share? Again, we want everyone to fully enjoy their vacation abroad. Not eating local food means you are going to miss a lot! Bookmark this page and read it again once you are about to travel.