Though traveling to exotic places, eating street food, and living "like a local" might be a great adventure, there is also reason to be cautious of what foods and beverages one consumes in a foreign environment. Consuming unusual foods and drinks, especially when visiting developing countries, can sometimes lead to unpleasant surprises, such as foodborne illnesses. But with a little planning and preparation, staying healthy while traveling is not an impossible task.
When it comes to imbibing abroad, the first and most important tip to remember, in order to avoid unwanted sickness such as traveler’s diarrhea, is to stay away from tap water. Most travelers visiting developing countries and exotic, remote locations in Africa, Asia, or Latin America immediately cut out the tap water, but even in big cities in Europe, tap water might not be a very safe drinking choice, according to a report by Condé Nast Traveler.
To be on the safe side, consuming unfiltered water abroad should be avoided as much as possible. As explained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is important to remember that other common drinks — such as juices and cold coffee drinks — often include the local tap water, and should be avoided. A general rule for safe drinking options abroad is to stick to beverages served in a bottle — and to make sure that the bottle has not been opened by anyone before landing in your hands.
We at The Daily Meal did some research to find out what beverages are the safest to drink while traveling, and came up with a list of six go-to drinks for overseas vacations. To find out what these six beverages are, click through our slideshow of 6 Things You Can Drink Anywhere You Travel.