Gluten Free Travel Tips
The holiday season is upon us once again. This is the time of year that can become a little tense for people with celiac. We shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not we will get ill, if it will be difficult to find places to eat, or if it will ruin our holiday. Which is why I’ve compiled a list to try and make this period a little less stressful and a lot more enjoyable.
Inform in advance
Wherever possible, inform the hotel(s) you’ll be staying in about you’re dietary requirements. Don’t expect them to understand. A lot of people don’t. And even more people don’t have a clue about hidden glutens or cross-contamination. Try to be as helpful as possible, the more information you give them, the more chance they have at getting it right. Give them ideas; some information is better than no information. And remember, mind reading skills are severely lacking the world over.
This is extremely important and does not require a great deal of time, especially when you consider how much it could actually improve your holiday. Google really is our saviour here. Search gluten free restaurants (or chains – Wagamama etc.) along with the city/cities you are planning to visit, or are even already visiting. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the amount of GF options that present themselves – even in the most remote of cities. And these options include everything from budget eateries to fine dining.
Minimise the language barrier
If you’re planning a trip to a country in which their native language isn’t English and you’re a little apprehensive, I’d advise you to be as prepared as possible. That’s all you can do after all. Jot down some key phrases (I will upload some GF restaurant cards in the coming weeks) and stick to ordering plain, basic food. You can’t go wrong with plain fish, veg or meat.
If you have space in your hand luggage or suitcase, try and pack some of your favourite snacks for emergencies. Obviously this will not work if you’re backpacking or travelling for extended periods of time. But if you’re only going for a few weeks, it’s highly advisable.
Okay, so you’re already on holiday, hungry and stuck for food ideas. It can be infuriating, I know, you feel like there’s nothing that you can eat or the ingredients are not in a language you understand. My advice, go to the section of the store that doesn’t require an ingredients list (fruit, fresh nuts, uncooked fish, meat etc.).
Happy holidaying everyone!