Any traveling requires planning ahead: attire, transportation, lodging…your plan just has to account for what and where you’re going to eat as well. Here’s a few of our suggestions and resources we’ve compiled to help you manage the preparations and enjoy your trip. There’s plenty more to learn once you get searching!
- Pack safe snacks to bring along. Especially a good idea while traveling through airports or being in the car, when gluten-free options can’t be guaranteed
- Find a grocery store. Fruits and veggies are naturally gluten-free! And picnics are always romantic 🙂
- Research the restaurants, hotels, and grocery stores in the area prior to going. Having such destinations only add to the excitement of travel!
- Coeliac Map – a free app that lists all the places near you to eat that have been reviewed and rated by Coeliacs. Participation to populate the data is still on the rise. Download it to contribute local data and help it grow its database!
- Find me Gluten Free – a phone app that lists restaurants and businesses local to the area you’re visiting. Currently covers the U.S. only.
- Gluten Free Travel Site (.com) – user submitted gluten-free dining and travel reviews of restaurants, hotels, and grocery stores. Bed and breakfasts that cater specifically to gluten-free (and other specialty diets) do exist! Find and rate them here.
- Gluten-Free Passport – research and resources to find information on eating and traveling gluten-free in general, as well as specific to certain countries and locations.
Go where other GF travelers have gone!
- Bob & Ruth’s Gluten-Free Dining & Travel Club– It’s exactly how it sounds! Bob and Ruth organize gluten-free dining and travel excursions around the United States and the world! You can adventure with them, or learn from the tidbits they share on their website and workshops they host.
- Celiac.com’s Travel Forum – Users submit their personal traveling experiences: from specific reviews of cruise ships and amusement parks to profiles of countries and cities. It welcomes you to share your own experience and insight too!
- Italy – Apparently Italy offers a lot of gluten-free dining and grocery items! This article gives some insight on what to look for and where to find it.
- London & Paris – Recommendations and insights to the cities as experienced by Gluten Free Mom and her Celiac diagnosed teen.
- Google your destination with “gluten-free” added in the search. Surely, someone else has written up some suggestions! If not, seize the opportunity to blaze the trail (and then tell others about it!)
Enjoy the sightseeing!
Food isn’t all you’re there for, right?? Get out and enjoy the landscape and cultural offerings during your visit. And don’t forget your camera!!