What’s the worst thing you’ve eaten on the road?


This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads

A few weeks ago, Wandering Trader asked for submissions to his travel story roulette post, for the scariest moment on the road. My contribution ended up winning the series, and that means I could choose the roulette topic I wanted for round 2.

So, Hipmunks, here’s what I want to know: what’s the worst thing you’ve eaten on your travels?

In my case, it was this:

Specifically, a llama empanada in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, which gave me the absolute worst food poisoning I’ve ever had. For several days, I was in a 4×4 jeep, winding higher and higher toward the Bolivian altiplano, sick as ever. I’ll never forget walking across the border in to Bolivia from the Chilean side, only to have to run behind the skeleton of a burnt out bus to get sick. Rinse, repeat. 

Lesson learned: (1) what you eat in San Pedro doesn’t necessarily stay in San Pedro and (2) probably best to stick to foods you know and trust before boarding a multi-day 4×4 trip on dirt roads to another country.

Leave your worst food stories in the comments: what was the thing you ate in your travels that still makes you shudder? We’ll round up all your stories in another post.

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