Travelling opens up a world of exciting experiences, and one of the most enjoyable is sampling the local cuisine. But if you’re living a gluten-free life, the prospect of dining out in unfamiliar territory might seem more daunting than delightful. Worry not, as we at The Gluten Free Bakery are here to provide you with the ultimate guide to travelling gluten-free, ensuring you can savour every moment (and meal) of your adventure.
Research, research, research
Before you embark on your journey, take some time to research your destination's food culture. Look for local dishes that are naturally gluten-free and note down common dishes that may contain hidden gluten. Websites, travel blogs, and even social media groups can be valuable resources for finding gluten-free-friendly restaurants and bakeries.
Pack some snacks
Having gluten-free snacks on hand can be a lifesaver during travel. Energy bars, trail mix, gluten-free crackers, or homemade treats from The Gluten Free Bakery can curb your hunger pangs during long flights or road trips and serve as a backup if gluten-free options are sparse.
Master the language
If you’re travelling to a non-English speaking country, learn or write down key phrases like "I am gluten-free" or "Does this contain wheat, barley, or rye?" in the local language. There are also handy translation apps and gluten-free dining cards available online that can communicate your needs clearly to restaurant staff.
Opt for self-catering accommodation
Consider booking accommodation with kitchen facilities. With access to a kitchen, you can prepare your own meals using local ingredients, giving you full control over what you're eating and saving some money too.
Communication is key
Don't hesitate to communicate your dietary needs at restaurants. Ask for a detailed list of ingredients or preparation methods to ensure the food is safe for you. A good practice is to call ahead and talk to the chef or manager about your dietary restrictions.
Use gluten-free apps
Several apps can help you find gluten-free restaurants or stores around the world. Apps like 'Find Me Gluten Free' and 'Gluten Free Roads' provide user-generated reviews and ratings of various dining establishments, making your search for a gluten-free meal much easier.
Stay hydrated and healthy
Travelling can be exhausting, and keeping your body hydrated and healthy is crucial. Carry a reusable water bottle, eat a balanced diet, and make sure to consume enough fibre-rich fruits and veggies to keep your digestive system happy.
Travelling while living a gluten-free lifestyle doesn't have to be stressful. With the right preparation, knowledge, and tools, you can enjoy a world of culinary delights without compromising your health or your taste buds.
At The Gluten Free Bakery, we're passionate about making your gluten-free journey, at home or abroad, as delicious and satisfying as possible. So, pack your bags, secure your snacks, and get ready to embark on your gluten-free adventure!