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Sandra Cottam McLemore is a travel industry expert and TV host based in LA.

 

She can be seen on inflight TV, cruise line channels, Huffington Post, and is often profiled in airline inflight magazines, travel websites and lifestyle magazines as a world travel expert.

 

She has worked in the travel industry for over 19 years for airlines, cruise lines, TV networks and media agencies.

 

Sandra also runs Village Girl Marketing, a boutique marketing agency for travel brands specializing in content creation and design. She speaks regularly at travel industry events around the world and in 2018 will launch her new travel magazine. 

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IS IT REALLY OK TO EAT STREET FOOD?

Lights, smells, action! Traveling to any new city can be an exciting and fun adventure. New lights, new sounds, new tastes.

 

Enjoying street food can be one of the best ways to get to know any country. It can also be one of the best ways to save money when you are on a trip.

 

But eating street food can also be one of the quickest ways to get sick in a new place. Food storage and quality vary from country to country. So here are the best ways to enjoy the local bites and not get sick...Ask yourself the following questions before eating anything served out of a cart!

 

Check it out before ordering, do the food or ingredients look like something you would normally keep in the fridge? Things like milk, meat (especially), soft cheeses, and yogurt should all be kept in the fridge. If you walk up and find this isn’t the case, make sure you move on to the next stall. These things should all be avoided when you are shopping for street food.

 

Is the stall parked out in the hot hot sun? If so, you should rethink eating there. Anything left out in the sun isn't going to be in the best condition. You know that if you leave anything out in the sun at home, you aren’t going to want to eat it anymore, so keep that in mind when traveling as well. Make sure the cart is at least parked in a shaded area.

 

The other big one when it comes to eating street food being able to identify individual ingredients. If you don’t know what it is, don’t eat it! Trying new foods can be fun, but make sure that you always know what you are eating. Ask questions. Before ordering find out what they serve, most people are so excited to share with you what the locals tastes are and will even show you how they are made, all you have to do is ask!

 

Most street food carts make amazing food! Just make sure that you always know what you are eating and make sure that it is stored properly. These easy steps will help you to enjoy getting to know a new culture while still eating safe so you can enjoy your entire vacation.

 

 

 

 

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