Tips & Resources for Eating Gluten-Free When Traveling?

Good Questions

Q: I was diagnosed with Celiac about 5 years ago. I backpacked across Turkey and Eastern Europe a few summers ago and that was really difficult in eating out. I was able to download some cards that explained in different languages what Celiac entails, which were helpful until the day I forgot them in the hostel. My boyfriend still cries with laughter telling the story of how I attempted to get "Gluten-Free" across in Bulgarian through a method of drawing and an exaggerated mime routine, only to have the server bring us the biggest bread basket we'd ever seen.

What tips can you provide for traveling with a gluten intolerance? What do different air carriers offer? Normally even the vegetarian meal is full of gluten. Is there a more recently-updated set of travel cards available?

Sent by Erica

Editor: We are going to turn this one straight over to our readers. What have been your experiences of traveling with a gluten intolerance — or other food allergy, for that matter? How have you communicated, and have you found any good resources for making sure you can eat well when abroad?

 

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