Travelling abroad is a great way to relax and to explore new places whilst guaranteeing good weather. Whether travelling for business or pleasure, here are some tips to help you enjoy the experience.

Personally I love travelling and experiencing new cultures and food.

There are a few tips that I would like to share to help you enjoy your travels, without experiencing food poisoning.

Drinking water – check before you travel if it is safe to drink from the tap wherever you are travelling to, if not, use bottled or boiled water. Check that bottles are still sealed when you buy them and are from a reputable brand. Use bottled or boiled water for cleaning your teeth too. You can usually boil water before use to make it safe, from micro organisms.

Ice – a great way to cool down, but don’t have it if the local water isn’t safe to drink. Where did the water come from to make the ice?

Salads – check out how it is washed – if the water isn’t safe to drink, it isn’t safe to use for washing salad, unless it has been treated to make it safe to use. There are various ways to do this, including treating the water with food safe chemicals.

Buffets – in a warm climate, the cold food will warm up quicker than in the UK. There is a temperature range that most bacteria grow in. This is 8-63°C. The closer to body temperature, the faster they divide. Check how quickly food is changed and is it on refrigerated surfaces?

Cooked foods – is meat being cooked through and served piping hot?

Research a little before you travel, is my advice. Speak to your travel agent, look at the government travel advice and get ready to enjoy your travelling abroad.

I hope that you have a fabulous time travelling and without suffering any ill effects.

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