As I come up with travel tips in individual posts, I’ll compile a list here. If you have anything you think would be helpful to add, please let me know!
- People in the tourism industry are usually very eager to please their guests, let them know ahead of your trip that you require special dietary needs so they have plenty of time to research and prepare!
- Resort is not a synonym for “easy access to anything you need,” if it took you 10+ hours to fly there, chances are it takes just as long, if not longer, to get typical deliveries of goods there as well. This especially is important to remember when telling the resort about food allergies (back to lesson #1, I should have warned them ahead of time).
- When you pack gluten free snacks in your bag, don’t forget to transfer them into whatever you’re carrying for the day! They won’t do you any good back in your room 😦
- Breakfast can be your best friend, and usually a guaranteed meal. Since hotel staff tend to be bilingual and able to better accommodate foreign requests, they’ll be able to answer your gluten free questions. Fill up early in the day since you may run into challenges for lunch and dinner.
- Do research about a city or culture before you go. Learn what their common dishes are, and what ways you could potentially be contaminated.
- Most translation apps on your phone need to be connected to the internet in order to access their language databases (including anything you’ve previously translated). Before you leave for your trip, verify whether or not your app will work in an area without service by attempting to translate a phrase while your phone is in airplane mode.
- If you’re traveling to a stadium or arena, do the research before you go. Make sure you’ll be okay if you don’t bring your own snacks to a game. If the website doesn’t have gluten free options listed, call customer service. If you still can’t figure out whether there are safe options, be prepared to bring your own food!
- Every stadium has some sort of guest services office, stop in to ask for help if you can’t find your way to a safe concession stand. That’s what they’re there for!