- Airports have extremely limited options for gluten free people. Airports are designed for people on the run to pick things up to go. Therefore, usual options are always going to be sandwiches, muffins, pretzels, burgers etc. Basically, a lot of breaded things that people can carry on the plane. Finding this out the hard way last time I traveled, I purposefully packed my own snacks this time so I wouldn't be stuck relying on the airport. I bought a bunch of Larabars at the grocery store and kept them in my purse. When I got hungry on our layover I was able to pull one out and hold myself over until we got to the resort. This also ended up being helpful to have for snacks on days we were out on excursions. Some of our excursions provided snacks to break up the long day. None of them however, were gluten free. I was glad I had thought ahead.
- Grocery stores in foreign countries will not have the same options we do in the States. We knew the resort we were staying out was going to have a kitchen. So we planned on eating breakfast and lunch in the room each day to save money. However, I didn't want to rely on trying to find gluten free bread and cereal down in Mexico. (And thank God I did not, because I definitely did not find any.) So I packed a loaf of gluten free bread, Purely Elizabeth gluten free granola, and gluten free bagels in my suitcase. Then I just checked my bag at the airport. You get one free checked bag for an international flight anyway so it didn't cost me any extra. I was also able to pack full size bottles of sunblock as well then, Yay! Win-win.
3) You will inevitably have a waiter who does not speak English. Although, English has definitely traveled the world, and many have a rudimentary understanding of English now, the law of averages states that you WILL have a waiter who will give you a blank stare as you try to explain your needs. Thank God, I bought the Triumph Dining cards for this trip. The Spanish card has been a lifesaver to be able to pull out and just hand to the waiter to explain for me in their language. Now, if I could just remember to make sure they are always in the bag I'm carrying for the day :)
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I have been on vacation for the past week in Cozumel, Mexico. And although I've been having a wonderful time, there have been times where being gluten free has definitely been a hassle. Whenever, you are dealing with a language barrier on vacation you are bound to run into some obstacles when it comes to your dietary health. For one thing, you need to make sure you are organized and prepared for just about anything. Some steps I took this time that proved to be lifesavers:
I'm a stay at home mom and writer who has been living in the NOVA area for the past nine years. I love to shop and I love good food. I'm hoping that combo will pay off as I seek out the best gluten free food in the NOVA area. Enjoy!