Living on a well balanced diet should be high on the
agenda for any traveller wishing to remain fit, healthy and active whilst travelling and
indeed this is possible in most countries, whatever your chosen budget. Even if
you are only staying a hostel there is no excuse for not being able to eat properly as most hostels have well equipped kitchens where you can prepare and cook your own food and even store things in the hostel
refrigerator. With the advent of many different chains of fast food outlets appearing in all corners of the globe,
it is now possible to eat food that we're all used to without ever sampling the cuisine of the nation that
you are travelling in. Many countries have really interesting culinary delights that are crying out to be tried.
It is still possible to eat dog in many Chinese and Korean restaurants. Why not try octopus, shark or swordfish in Greece? Horse is eaten in France
as well as frog legs and snails. In Greenland, whale is very popular and is considered the staple diet.
Most of the Asian countries specialize in food cooked with either rice or noodles along with pork dishes accompanied with exotic herbs like lemon grass. In Eastern Europe
meals are served with a hearty supply of vegetables.
Drink is another experience altogether. To start with, an adequate
supply of water should be adhered to daily, especially if travelling in countries with hot, arid climates. Tap water generally
may not be safe to drink in many countries and should therefore be boiled or otherwise purified before consumption. Check with local authorities to establish whether or not this is the case. Bottled water is usually readily available but beware of child street vendors who have an unhealthy habit of collecting old bottles and putting the top back on for resale. Check the top of the bottle is sealed
before buying bottled water and you will reduce your chances of becoming contaminated.
Alcohol is available in all countries and while some countries specialize in distilling
cheap rice wine, others create more elaborate and fine blends of
alcohol. Travellers to Scotland will marvel at the range of fine quality whisky
that is available and the Belgians brew over 400 different varieties of beer. The French invented Champagne and are
one of the finest producers of wine in the world although
there are a number of other nations that also make good quality wines such as Romania, Hungary, Italy,
Spain, Germany and Australia. The ex Soviet Union region is famous for
its mass production of fine and very potent Vodka and Eastern Europe as a whole is responsible for the distilling of the original wormwood herb
liquor Absinthe. This is a very strong and expensive drink that often exceeds 72%
alcohol by volume. Its prepared by burning the liquor on a spoon with a small amount of sugar.