Traveling in Style and Gluten-Free!

I’m sorry we haven’t been posting much lately; we just got Christmas wrapped up when we found out that we were going to the sunny Caribbean at the beginning of February!

I’m excited to go even though there will be challenges with my diet. I have traveled to Cuba safely, so I don’t anticipate that the English-speaking island will be a problem. However, there are some things that I do before every trip to make things easier and more enjoyable.

Let the resort know you’re coming.

If possible, e-mail or telephone the resort and let them know that you have special dietary needs. (Travel agents can often help with this, too.) You may also want to check out their menus online, if they’re available. I have found that most Caribbean destinations, for example, offer a lot of fresh grilled fish and fresh fruit, which are great options!

Pack snacks.

Pack snacks in your checked luggage and a few goodies in your carry-on. I like to bring trail mix, rice bars, and Kind fruit and nut bars.

Print travel cards.

Find out what the primary languages are in the area you are going to and print off travel cards in that language. This will help you communicate what you need and get over the language barrier. CeliacTravel.com has them available in 51 languages! All they ask for is a small donation. It is also available as a free iPhone app.

Don’t worry, be happy!

Most importantly, try not to get stressed about the possible challenges during your trip. Think about how you have managed in difficult situations at home; you’ll do just as great while you’re away. Remember, this is a vacation, so take the time to unwind and enjoy all the fun things you have planned. Focus on the yes and enjoy every minute!

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  1. #1 by Christine on January 19, 2012 - 6:25 pm

    Thank you for the tip on the travel cards. I have actually not gone to certain places because I was worried about the food options and making my needs known. Now i don’t have to worry!

  2. #2 by Jason (Gluten Free / Dairy Free NJ) on February 7, 2012 - 5:07 pm

    All great tips. I’ve got one more. If you have more than just a gluten issue, http://www.food-info.net/allergy.htm has an allergen translation guide generator on their site. It translates 200 or so words and phrases that are common and not so common food issues. It allows you to print off your own custom guide in the two languages of your choice (presumable English and which ever destination language you need). The database contains over 20 languages.

    • #3 by glutenfree4hfx on February 10, 2012 - 12:45 pm

      That is a great resource, thank you for sharing!

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