Going on vacation should be an enjoyable experience, so the last thing you want to worry about while you’re away is the potential of falling in. While some illnesses are completely preventable, food poisoning should be something that you can avoid regardless of where you are in the world.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case, with some popular tourist spots having a higher likelihood of food poisoning than others. A Reddit user recently took to the platform to find out if there was anywhere in particular that she should avoid for this reason, as she was planning on booking a vacation soon. Here are eight places she was told to avoid.

1. Mexico

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Although Mexico is a stunning and exotic vacation destination with picturesque beaches and red-hot temperatures, one person said they had endured food poisoning on their ten trips there. They said: “Without fail, every single time I go to Mexico, I get anything from mild diarrhea to full-blown food poisoning.”

2. India

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One user believes that they are cursed in India due to how ill they get when they go there. They said: “India makes me violently ill from the moment I land. I don’t even touch the street food, only eat home-cooked food. Nothing uncooked, and avoid fruit and meat like the plague. Yet I can bet £1m I’ll never have a solid bowl movement in that country.”

3. Malaysia

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One Redditor said that they’ve always had issues in Malaysia. Explaining why, they said: “Worst rookie mistake was accepting ice cubes. That meant we had to find an ER since dehydration in the tropics is so dangerous.”

4. Colombia

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One person recalled a mistake they made in Colombia that resulted in them being sick for several days. They said: “I found out the hard way that you should only brush your teeth with bottled water in South America.”

5. Myanmar

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One Redditor said that the first time they went to Myanmar, they were ill for a few days after arriving. However, on their second trip there, they used the following trick to adjust quickly: “Whenever you land in a new country, one of the first things you should eat is local yogurt. It contains bacteria local to that country and can help your gut adjust to the changes quicker.”

6. Philippines

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The Philippines was a place where several users confessed to having stomach issues. This prompted one person to say: “I lived there for 2 years, and I can count the number of solid toilet trips I had with one hand.”

7. Bali


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One person suggested that Bali wouldn’t be an ideal destination for the original poster. They said: “Bali’s belly is real (nothing to do with copious amounts of Bintang beer and street food sate).”

8. Mauritania

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One user said that the African country of Mauritania had made him ill for a prolonged period. He said: “I never had tap water there but suffered for four months straight. Wish me luck as I’m going back again tomorrow.”

Should You Avoid The Food?

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Is there anywhere in the world that you have been where the food hasn’t agreed with you whatsoever? Has this put you off from going there again in the future? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Reddit. This article is produced and syndicated by The Impulse Traveler.

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10 Interesting Things Non-Americans Always Wanted To Ask Americans

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In a recent conversation on Reddit, someone asked, “Non-Americans: What’s something you’ve always wanted to ask the people of America?” Here are the top-voted responses.

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10 Countries That Have The Best Food in the World

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Living in America and being privy to an exciting blend of multicultural cuisine makes it nearly impossible to choose. But I agree with the number one voted response from an internet polling, Thailand. Everyone should try Yum Neau at least once in their life! Here is how the internet responded to the question, “What country has the best food?”

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