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When you’re on vacation, you may want to employ a ‘devil may care’ attitude. After all, you’re on vacation. But you do need to be a bit careful while indulging. Fun and relaxation should be on the agenda, but you don’t want to pose risks to your health or finances.

 

Of course, you needn’t deprive yourself of the delicious foods you can sample in new locales. Just be careful and enjoy the new tastes and textures.

 

 Here are a few essential food-related tips for those who are about to embark on an adventurous (maybe even epicurean!) vacation.

 

Budget wisely

 

It’s tempting to splurge on food when you’re on vacation, especially if you’re in a location that has a lot of exciting food that you can’t get back home. Consider creating a food budget beforehand and sticking to it. You can check out some more useful tips about this over at http://www.thekitchn.com/5-tips-for-sticking-to-your-vacation-food-budget-244156. You may even want to consider renting an apartment, condo or house rental for your vacation. This allows you to cook your own meals, which can help you save tremendous amounts of money.

 

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Check reviews of restaurants

 

How do you know which restaurants you want to frequent in the place you are visiting? It’s not just quality and price you have to consider; how is the food rated by ordinary people? This is why you should check reviews in magazines or on online resources such as https://dine.com/. The locals know the best places to find tasty meals that are representative of their area.

 

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Research food safety

 

When a particular food is found unsafe, then you’re likely to hear about food recalls either through the news or on social media. When you’re visiting somewhere on vacation, it’s easy to miss similar local information, but you should stay informed. Let’s say you’re going for a stay in Hawaii. Pages such as http://www.unsafefoods.com/2017/05/03/imported-ahi-tuna-recalled-hep-hawaii/ are helpful to avoid food borne illness. Before you leave, consider researching the food industry in the area to see if there are any present dangers for which you need to be on the lookout.

 

 

Avoid street vendors

 

Sure, a pretzel from a street vendor in New York City is probably going to be fairly safe. But, in general, you may want to avoid street vendors, especially if you’re in a foreign country. Food safety standards aren’t the same from place to place. Things like meat and fruit should definitely be avoided; anything that’s been rinsed or kept in local water may be contaminated. If you do need to eat fruit from a vendor, then opt for fruits you can peel, such as bananas and oranges.

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