In many urban cities, customers are often comfortable with food safety. That may not be the case in secluded areas, where improper food sourcing and handling can be very dangerous. Often times, travelers can make better food consumption choices by taking a more proactive approach.
For many travelers, food poisoning has proven to be a costly endeavor. Being incapacitated due to food poisoning in remote places will take time away from one’s vacation and cost extra money. The cost can range from required emergency helicopter, hospitalization, hoteling and even death.
It is worth to note that in some secluded areas, access to hospitals and doctors can be non-existent. Thus, it is crucial to remain as healthy as one can be and avoid certain unnecessary risks.
Food freshness and food preservation are two major components when it comes to edible food. There are a few proactive questions that one should have:
- What are the government’s advisory for that country/region?
- Where is the establishment located? If it is in a city, food sourcing may be easier and controlled by regulatory bodies. On another note, a mountain hut in the Himalayas will likely have food that is not as fresh. Always consider how secluded the place is and how easy one should expect for the restaurant to acquire its ingredient.
- Can the food be homegrown?
- Is there a healthy amount of movement from other patrons?
- What kind of food are patrons asking for?
- Refrain from consuming dairy, meat and other products with short shelf-life.
Life is full of inherited risks, most people should be mindful of taking calculated risks.