when you can communicate "gluten free" effectively to restaurants, you end up eating lovely dishes like this one~steamed lentils with indian spiced creme and local pea shoots!
- Learn how to say "gluten free" in that country's language. I know this seems like a "duh", but trust me there are some people who wouldn't think of this (you're one of them aren't you!!).
- Luckily, I can have dairy. And because of that I can always have some lovely cheese for dinner if I don't feel comfortable with the gluten free-ness of a restaurant. But what about the bread? you might ask. I carry gluten free crackers with me at all times so I am guaranteed to have a beautiful dinner no matter where I am (because when you are in Europe, there is always good cheese!). My two favorite gluten free crackers to travel with are: Schar and Le Pain de Fleurs.
- Bring literature with you that describes gluten free-again-in said country's language. This tends to be easier than butchering a description of what you need in terms of food. And, holy moly, there is a really fabulous website that has gluten free cards in 51 LANGUAGES! Here is the link, please just donate a little bit for them to maintain the website and for providing this invaluable tool for travel.
- Be sure to bring snacks for the plane. I can't emphasize enough what a 10 or 12 hour flight with no safe food will do to you! Plus, plane food-even on the nice airlines-still is not the most amazing of quality so why not bring your own and ensure you have a lovely experience? (and may I suggest being sure to bring a bar of chocolate? Nothing helps an agonizing flight go by faster than enjoying a beautiful bar of chocolate bit by bit :)) Some flights do offer special meals when you purchase your ticket, also, so check and see if you can do gluten free for your meal.
- Do your research before you go. While many restaurants abroad have no clue about gluten free foods there are a surprising number who do! So check before you go and you might be surprised at the array of wonderful options you have.