Trying local food is all part of the cultural experience, but as new research from the Health Protection Agency shows, there are some areas where you should be extra cautious to avoid getting the runs.
The study found that the top five countries where travellers from England, Wales and Northern Ireland are most likely to pick up a stomach infection are Egypt, India, Thailand, Pakistan, and Morocco.
Western Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand were all classified as low risk in the report, while southern Europe, Israel, South Africa, some Caribbean islands and the Pacific were medium risk.
If you’re heading to Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and most parts of Asia you should take extra care as these are the high risk areas.
It’s not just food either, as poor hygiene standards in your hotel, hostel or even the local swimming pools can lead to a stomach bug.
Dr Jane Jones, a travel health expert with the HPA, said: “Taking sensible precautions, such as avoiding tap water and ensuring food is properly cooked, will help to keep your holiday both enjoyable and healthy.”