Day 7 of 14
As a celiac, vacation can mean stress. New hotel. Unknown restaurants. Possible language barriers. You know the drill. But it doesn’t have to be. Say what??? No…seriously.
I’m actually going on vacation in 8 days. My flight departs in exactly 11,723 minutes. Just a tad over 700,000 seconds. But who’s counting.
I tend to take one true vacation per year. As a small business owner, it’s tough to take more. So when I go away…I GO AWAY. And I don’t want stress on vacation! So for the past 4 years, I’ve done pretty much the same thing with the same crew with the same results. Pure awesomeness. I’ll explain below, but first, here’s an email from a fellow celiac asking how I take such stress-free vacations.
Can you tell me how you find your vacation spots and gluten free chefs when you go away? Last year we went to a beautiful resort in Punta Cana, but because of the language barrier, I was never fully sure if they understood my gluten free needs. I ate a LOT of fruit and salad and think I actually lost a pound on that vacation! Even when I thought they understood, they’d bring out some mashed potatoes with some “decorative” fried spaghetti sticking out of it.
I love reading your blogs about your stress-free gluten-free vacations and would really love to have one of those myself. Any advice or information you can share is greatly appreciated.
We are looking to go somewhere in the Caribbean next year to celebrate mine and my husband’s 50th birthdays as well as our 25th anniversary:)
Thanks so much!
Three words: Group. House. Chef.
A group because it helps with the cost.
A house because it becomes your home for a week compared to a hotel.
A chef because…well, do I have to explain?
Yes…it may be a bit more expensive but if you break the costs down, and you can find a few other people to travel with, you’d be surprised at how comparable it is to staying at a hotel and eating every meal out. And we’re talking about our health here. And vacations are supposed to be relaxing dang it.
For the houses we’ve stayed at the past 4 years, I was put in touch with the chef ahead of time and explained all of my needs. Every year has gone off without a hitch. Unless of course you count my back going out 2 out of the 4 years and I’m in dire pain as I’m writing this and I have 8 days to get my sh*t together. But let’s not talk about that.
So find yourself a travel agent in the Caribbean and utter those three magic words: Group. House. Chef.