Foreign Travel – Foods That Can Make You Sick When You Travel Abroad

We Travel to Try New Foods

Travel and teaching English as a foreign language abroad are some of the most interesting and mind-altering experiences we can have. We travel to meet new people, to experience new cultures, to see bold new sights and to try new foods. We need to be careful though, some foods can make you really sick, turning your dream trip into a nightmare. The quantities of bacteria, protozoa, molds, fungi and parasites ingested from food is truly amazing.

Here Are Four Food Areas to Be Wary of When Traveling Abroad

o Water

The old saying, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink” That’s because ole horsey knows that water is most often unsafe for you to drink on foreign soil. Water supplies in many countries are subject to a multitude of factors you don’t want to know. Drink only bottled, treated (by you) or boiled (preferably by you) water when traveling abroad.

o Water-based Juices

Didn’t we just say, “don’t drink the water”? Well, if your lemonade or other juice is made with local water, you don’t know where the water comes from – and maybe you don’t want to know, either. The same holds true of ice and ice cubes. You can’t be sure what the water source was they are made from.

o Fresh Salads

Again, “don’t drink the water” holds true. Yes, even for fresh salads. What do you think they “washed” the vegetables with? If you don’t know or can’t be sure, you’d better not eat that garden salad. I don’t care how “good” it looks. You could be expressing your regrets later the same day quicker than you can ask, “where’s the toilet?”

o Street Vendor Foods

Are you kidding me? You’re not actually going to eat something from the cart of that slovenly-looking guy on the corner, are you? Hey, I know that you’re here to have new experiences and to try new things. But is a tour of all the local toilet facilities and emergency rooms on your list too? If not, then be very careful about what you put in your mouth (in more ways than one, too).

Be Wary of When Traveling Abroad

By all means travel, explore new regions, see new sights and wonders, learn and grow. Just remember to be wary of these seven foods mentioned here when traveling abroad. That way you help yourself to be assured of good health when traveling and eating abroad. In the companion article to this series, “Foods to Be Wary of When Traveling Abroad”, we’ll detail some additional “delicacies” to watch out for. See you then.

Travel To Singapore – Enjoying Great Selection of Food in Singapore

Singapore is a very diverse country that has a melting pot of various ethnic cultures. It is evidently seen throughout the country with distinct influences of Malay, Chinese, and Indian cultures. It is quite blessed to have such a diverse mixture of cultures as you will be spoilt for choice when choosing your dining selection. There is a great selection of different types of food in Singapore, in which they all provide an authentic taste to their individual ethnic backgrounds. Here is a great sample of “must try” foods from Malay, Chinese and Indian backgrounds in Singapore.

Chinese Food

Chinese food is seen everywhere in Singapore. It predominantly has strong influences from Southern Chinese style cuisine in which fresh vegetables, meats and seafood are used. In addition, in Singapore the Chinese food has a unique localized twist in which South East Asian ingredients are used, such as chili peppers. Must try foods from this group include Hainanese chicken rice, chow kuey teow (fried broad noodles), fried oyster omelets, and last but not least stir fried chili crabs.

Malay Food

Malay food in Singapore has a strong heritage that can be found from where the source originated from; in the neighboring country of Malaysia. Malay food in general is quite spicy and often very hearty where many of the foods are cooked in coconut milk. Definite must try items include nasi lemak (fragrance rice cooked with coconut milk and chili), beef redang (beef curry), mee rebus (noodle dish in thick peanut gravy), and satay (barbecue sticks of meat, such as chicken, beef and lamb, served with a hearty peanut gravy known as the satay sauce).

Indian Food

Indian food in Singapore can be found with both Southern and Northern Indian styles. Southern India style typically is spicier than Northern Indian style, and typically vegetarian options are in abundance with both types of Indian foods. Furthermore they also have a localized twist using various South East Asian ingredients. Must try Indian foods include roti prata (a flat type of pan fried pancake served with curry), chicken briyani (chicken curry rice served with fragrant rice), and fish head curry.

When traveling to Singapore, be sure to sample a little bit of cuisines from each of the above major ethnic backgrounds to get the most complete experience of Singapore. You will be definitely spoilt for choice by enjoying the great selection of food in Singapore.