Traveling Gluten-Free in America: What You Need to Know

A recent diagnosis of Celiac left me reeling with two questions:

  • How would I survive without my favorite foods in the world (bread, bread, more bread, with a side of bread)?, and,
  • How would this affect my travels?

The good news about traveling in America right now is that gluten intolerance is the new sexy food trend. This means most grocery stores and many popular restaurants are upping their gluten-free game, so there are more options available than there were even five years ago.

Here are some tips I learned on the road, gluten-free:

Use Apps

I think most people with Celiac would agree that one of the major inconveniences is how much time it takes to find somewhere to eat. Looking up menus and placing calls can turn what once was:

“Hey, where do you want to eat?”

“Oh, I don’t know. Let’s go to this random and nearby place!”

Into:

“Hey, where do you want to eat?”

“Oh, I don’t know. Hold on for a half hour while I explore the area on my phone.”

Apps can dramatically cut down the amount of Googling you have to do. Some of the most popular include: AllergyEats, Dine Gluten Free, and Find Me Gluten Free. The last one is my personal favorite, because it’s so easy to see others’ reviews and the restaurants’ menus.

Even still, some prep work won’t hurt. If you know what area of town you’ll be visiting during the day, look ahead of time to make sure there are viable options for necessary meals. Then it will be a little less stressful when you’re tired and hungry!

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