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Date added: 03/27/2017 Traveling Gluten Free

Traveling

Spring is here, summer is right around the corner, and vacation fever is in the air. Whether you want to take a weekend getaway or an extended stay, having celiac disease shouldn’t keep you from leaving home. Traveling not only allows you to experience new places, but also new gluten free cuisines. Many resorts and destinations around the world are becoming more accommodating to a variety of dietary restrictions. Not to mention, there are endless tips and tools to utilize while travelling to ensure you have a fun and stress-free experience.

Below is our list of some of the best vacation options if you’re a GF traveller:

Walt Disney World: According to Gluten Free Travel Site, Walt Disney World is a top vacation spot that places a high importance on visitors’ dietary needs. Walt Disney World is known as the gold-standard for gluten free dining. No need to stress about which restaurants offer GF options when you get there; by simply sending an email to specialdiets@disneyworld.com, you can receive gluten free menus from each of Disney World's theme parks emailed directly to you before your trip. When you need a sweet treat, make sure to look for OMG...It’s Gluten Free! You can find our gluten free goodies throughout all of the Walt Disney Theme Parks. When you need a sweet treat, make sure to look for OMG...It’s Gluten Free!

Cruise Lines: According to Reviews of International Cruises, many cruise lines are also eager to accommodate gluten free diets. It can vary from ship to ship, but most of the major cruise lines have policies in place to serve people with special dietary needs. Some of the top Cruise lines aligning with gluten free dietary needs include: Disney Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean. Specifically, Carnival has on-board chefs who will fully accommodate passengers’ dietary needs. Carnival gluten free selection ranges from pizza dough to hamburger buns to pasta.

Sandals Resorts: Looking for an all-inclusive resort for your next getaway? Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts is committed to serving its guests and all their dietary restrictions. Sandals has designated preparation areas and special ingredients available for all guests. Visitors can easily visit the culinary concierge desk and view menus from all the resorts’ restaurants.

Hotel Restaurants & Kitchens: There are specific places across the globe which are more accommodating to a GF lifestyle; however, this should not limit you to where you choose to vacation. Some of the largest hotel chains have a commitment to meet dietary needs. Specifically, Omni Hotels and Resorts across the U.S. offer a gluten-free breakfast buffet that includes cereals, multigrain bread and English muffins. Fairmont Hotel and Resorts worldwide locations offer a Lifestyle Cuisine menu with meals designed for those with food allergies or sensitivities.

Be Prepared

No matter where you chose to venture off to, it is still vital to do your research. Take the time to plan, prepare, and research your destination to see if it aligns with your dietary needs. According to Celiac Foundation, “Finding something to eat at airports, on planes, and trains is typically more difficult than eating at the final destination”. If you are traveling by air, make sure you bring a doctor’s note to enable you to carry “medical foods” through security at the airport. Whether you are traveling by air or car make sure you pack some of your favorite gluten free snacks in case of an emergency. When deciding on which restaurants to dine, make sure you refer back to our last blog (Guide to Gluten Free Dining) to ensure you have an enjoyable gluten free dining experience.

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