Between walking, riding, sightseeing and exploring: travelling internationally can be thirsty and hungry work. As tempting as local cuisine can be, you always need to be careful of what passes your lips while on holiday. Here are our top food and water tips which could mean the difference between a holiday of sore bellies and one of full and content bellies.
Always stick to bottled water or soft drinks in underdeveloped areas, or areas where the water is known to be harmful. In some places bottles may even be refilled with tap water so make sure you only drink from containers that are sealed first and if in a restaurant ask the waiter to open the sealed bottle at the table.
Don’t be in doubt
Even in developed countries, if the water doesn't look right, don't risk it. Don't drink water unless it is from a sealed bottle -including ice.
Be careful cleaning your teeth
Remember, even cleaning your teeth with contaminated water can cause illness, so always use purified or bottled water rather than tap water when brushing your teeth.
Eat where the crowds are
Restaurants that are packed with locals and travelers usually mean the food is not only good, but also safe to eat. Ordering well-cooked seafood and meats is a good way to steer clear of food poisoning.
Peeled and washed
When it comes to eating fresh produce, opt for fruit that you can peel and salads that have been washed with purified water where possible. While most larger hotels are generally safe, street vendors and smaller local restaurants may not always have access to safe water.
Eating is one of the joys of travelling and by using a little bit of caution you can make sure it stays that way. Bon voyage and bon appetite!