Know your risk
Unnecessary worry and excessive precautions can take the fun out of a vacation, so knowing what kind of risks you might be facing and planning accordingly can free you up to focus on more important things, like scoping out the best places to shop, eat and relax. According to the CDC, your risk of food-borne illness is low in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and countries in Northern and Western Europe. Intermediate-risk countries include those in Eastern Europe, South Africa, and some of the Caribbean islands. Areas where you’re at the greatest risk include most of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, and Central and South America.
Originally published as Never, Ever Take a Bath in a Hotel Tub—and 5 Other Vacation Don’ts on ReadersDigest.com.