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How to Enjoy a Safe Experience with Street Food when Traveling

How to Enjoy a Safe Experience with Street Food when Traveling

Many travelers describe street food as the best they have ever tasted. However, some travelers report cases of scary ingredients, suspect food handling, and regular trips to hospitals. But, despite these conflicting views, it’s possible to have a safe experience with street food when traveling. Here are tips that will make your experience better.

Take Time to Adjust

Before you start enjoying street food at your travel destination, allow your body time to adjust to the local food. Only taste street food when your body gets used to the local cuisine. This is particularly important for travelers that are not used to eating spicy food.

Go with the Crowd

There is a reason why a particular vendor is avoided by the local. Therefore, avoid a vendor that doesn’t seem to have many customers. Instead, eat street food from a vendor that is always crowded. Go to a vendor that seems popular with the local families. That’s a safe bet.

Watch Street Vendors

If possible, spend some time with the street food vendors. This will enable you to know what they use to prepare the food. You will also learn about their habits. For instance, you will know if the vendor cleans utensils properly. You will also know if the vendor uses tongs and whether they keep their food covered.

Check the Oil Color

Pay keen attention to the oil color. If the vendor fries foods using cloudy oil, be careful. Also be wary of a vendor that uses oil with debris. That’s because these are indicators that the vendor is reusing the oil to prepare food.

Check Cleanliness

Check whether the surfaces and pots where the food is prepared and served are dirty. If the utensils or cart surface has sticking food scraps, it means the vendor is not clean.

In addition to these tips, avoid street food if it is not cooked thoroughly because it can have parasites that can affect your digestion system negatively. Follow these tips and you will enjoy a safe experience with street food whenever you travel.

 

Top Five Caribbean Island Vacation Destinations

Irresistible pristine white-sand beaches, terrific food, breathtaking landscapes, shopping, and diverse cultures continue to woo over thirty million travelers to the Caribbean Islands every year. Nothing says vacation like the luxurious indulgence and interesting experiences these Caribbean island vacation destinations have to offer. From water sports and beaches to crystalline clear blue waters to affordable adventure trips, each of these tropical destinations allow travelers to experience their uniqueness when it comes to culture and appeal. With this guide, choosing your perfect Caribbean island for your next trip won’t be as challenging and difficult as it’s always been.

Jamaica

Ever wondered why Jamaica is often referred to as the playground of the Caribbean? Well, this Caribbean island has over one hundred and seventy attractions spread out over it, and has something for people of all ages. Whether it’s experiencing the famous reggae music scene in Kingston, playing some golf at Montego Bay, exploring the amazing flora and wildlife or swimming with dolphins in Ochos Rios, this tropical destination attracts travelers of many different types.

Aruba

Aruba offers both family-friendly and adult-centered activities. If you’re looking for a perfect family vacation destination the resorts in Aruba cater for families with kids not to mention the different activities you can enjoy. Enjoy ultimate relaxation on the island’s pristine white-sand beaches, explore its breathtaking natural landscape, and enjoy the numerous watersports here including windsurfing, kayaking, diving, and snorkeling. Aruba also has a sultry mix of the Spanish, Caribbean, and Dutch cultures which are often represented in traditions, language, food, and music. Don’t leave the island before learning about Aruba’s history and culture at the national Archeological Museum Aruba.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a bustling island full of fun, adventure, and activities. United States’ only tropical forest- El Yunque Rainforest is found in Puerto Rico. Perhaps you’ve heard about Casa Bacardi, haven’t you? It’s the world’s largest rum distillery and you can find it in Puerto Rico. Remember this is where the Pina colada was invented. Travellers come here to explore the historical sites in San Juan and Ponce, enjoy great food, explore the captivating culture and breath-taking beauty on the island, and relax on the Puerto Rico’s blissful beaches.  

Antigua

With about three hundred and sixty five beaches to choose from, Antigua is one of the premier sailing spots in the Caribbean. The beaches here are with both white and pink sand. Don’t forget the spectacular beaches are just the beginning. The island has grown to become a popular gambling destination and has an exciting nightlife. You’ll completely fall in love with the great discos, restaurants, and cafes in Antigua. Your vacation wouldn’t be complete without trying the food and quality of rum in this culinary destination. Some foods to try out include the conch, salt-fish and Fungi, and Susie’s Hot Sauce.

St. John

With over seven thousand acres of beaches, hills, and valleys in the Virgin Islands National Park, St. John is one of the islands with a reputation for being eco-friendly. If you’re a U.S citizen coming here won’t require a passport. Furthermore, this Caribbean Island is a good choice for anyone travelling on a budget. Travellers can experience the island’s pristine nature at the Park, snorkel at the Trunk bay, and explore amazing marine life.