The primary reason for anyone wishing to travel across a country is to have a change in the environment and gain more closure to the world. You explore new places, meet new people and experience things you may have only seen before in movies or read about in books or the internet. You are possibly living your dream and want to make every effort to put your best efforts in order to make that moment memorable. Roaming in a different country can let you discover yourself, gives you a fresh perspective and new direction to your life. Traveling with such goals in your mind can also lead to you into mistaking binge eating as a way of celebration and fun. You devour as much food that suits your liking irrespective of its price tag.
The reality is actually the opposite. First off, the expensive restaurants can really upset your whole budget for traveling further or getting around the country. You are in a different country or possibly a different continent, the atmosphere and environment for that place are relatively different from the one you are used to. Moreover, the taste palette of the people of that country could be different from yours, resulting in them using ingredients that do not particularly suit you. This is why you may get a digestion problem or get sick. This can result in you feeling sick for the rest of your entire stay. Here are things that you need to do in order to prevent yourself from devouring anything that comes your way. Here are things to do or avoid when you are out exploring and having fun during an international trip.
Well Cooked Foods:
This has to be your primary concern when in a different country. For starters, it could be unhealthy to eat raw or lightly cooked byproducts of animals and can result in you getting food poisoning or diarrhea. You may also not be able to digest properly and end up ruining your appetite for the rest of the day. The better option to have is to eat foods that are well cooked or steamed which kills off the harmful bacteria in your food and doesn’t become the cause of digestion problems.
Store Bought Food:
While traveling, you may have the urge to eat at a random spot, buying something from the hawker or a dirty café or restaurant. It’s better to avoid such decisions and look for alternative options. However, if you feel that where you are going, you may not be able to access hygienic food options easily, buy a sandwich or fruits from a store nearby your hotel. Or rather pack a snack like a granola bar or something small that can easily fit into your pocket but fills you enough to not feel hungry for a while.
Keeping track of what you are eating is essential to living a healthy life. Especially if you have always been careful of what you are eating, it’s not right to splurge on food now. Instead plan your meals just like you do back home. These meal plans are also useful if you have allergies, on medication or diseases like diabetes that restrict your eating habits. Understandably, you are not aware of the amount of sodium, fat or sugar in it, but you can have an idea through using the internet offhand by researching on a similar type of restaurants that you intend to go. Asking the server for your preference can be a help as well in maintaining a good and balanced diet while traveling.
While staying in the hotel, you can choose to have a room with a kitchen or at least a microwave, which you can use on days when you have chosen to spend most part of the day in the hotel. This can help you cook something up for yourself from ingredients that you may get from any local store or bring from home. It would stop you from overspending on the overly expensive yet unhealthy hotel food. Moreover, you can be assured that the food you are cooking for yourself is hygienic.
Avoid using tap water when in a different country. Not every country has purified water running through its taps and the locals are themselves required to buy purified water from different sources. Buy water bottles from the brand that you trust or use back in your own home. Or keep water filters with you always to purify the tap water. Apart from that, stay away from fruit or vegetable juices that are being sold in an open area as they can be prone to germ infestation. Places like these also have a vast majority of mosquitoes hovering around which adds to the unsanitary conditions of the place.
There are multiple ways to stay safe from the different disadvantages that eating food during your travels can bring to you. It is always better that in between all that fun you remember to take care of your health. Doing so will not only lead to healthy you, but you would be able to spend a good trip without getting sick and avoiding spending the remainder of your trip lying on the bed. Instead, you will be making beautiful memories that will last you a lifetime.