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    Sarah

    I totally agree: group. House. Chef if you can. I also recommend any Disney property. They were amazing when I went this summer. Royal Caribbean cruises also have given me fantastic service and know what they are doing. Make friends with a travel agent(yes they still exist!) who can get you in touch with the right people when you travel.

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      Gluten Dude

      I’ve heard amazing things about Disney from tons of folks.

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        Jay

        I went to Disney World in Orlando for 10 days a few months ago. I had absolutely no problems with them. With the exception that I prefer to eat a vegan diet, I understand that it is difficult to find too many gluten free-vegan options. However, there were plenty gluten free-dairy free options which is what we absolutely needed.

        It was great and I am very appreciative that the folks at Disney are very aware of the Celiac disease. It was an amazing family vacation with our young kids. My children did not feel “different” for once! There were gluten free options at every restaurant (even quick service), plus they took cross-contamination seriously, especially after I mentioned that we had Celiac disease. I was quite impressed. I can’t wait to go back.

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    Catherine

    I definitely agree with the house/apartment rental. A few years ago I went on a choir trip to Spain. And then went to Paris and back to the States on the Queen Mary 2. The choir trip was abysmal in terms of eating. I had packed snacks, thank god, and took yogurts from the breakfast buffets, and managed that way. But there was one morning where there was nothing but bread. NOTHING. When I got to Paris, I rented a small apartment, best choice I ever made. Paris is actually a pretty good city to visit because they make the food in-house, mostly. So they know if there is flour in stuff. And most of the produce and such is very fresh. I actually found some decent g-f bread that I keep trying to replicate! And the Queen Mary 2 was a dream. It was amazing. They would bring me the next night’s menu, I would choose what I wanted to eat, and they would figure out how to make it gluten-free.

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    Donna V

    one word……Concierge! Any resort has a Concierge and it is their job to make your vaccation :). go to them immediately upon arrive and get a letter in the local language explaining your dietary needs to carry everywhere. They can even introduce you to the chef and I have heard of one celiac who had wait staff available at every buffet expecting her and gave a guided GF safe tour of buffets and menus.

    another idea is yes rent a house or apartment from a local or Airbnb or just a bed & breadfast with warning they can do an amazing job! (and get these requests often—so they told me.)

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      Gluten Dude

      If I could only pick one word, I may have to go with tequila. But concierge is a close second ;)

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    Sarah

    There are a few travel agents who specialize in GF vacations/keeping you safely fed on your vacations. The one I worked with to travel to Costa Rica (whom I found from a google search) was great!

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      Gluten Dude

      Hmmm…I smell a business idea.

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        Donna V

        smells GF to me! and FUN!

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    michelle

    I am a yacht chef in the Caribbean married to a Celiac making me super sensative to people with allergies and see it from both sides.
    So many guests tell us what a joy it is to not have to worry on vacation when they come on the yacht.
    I know when we personally travel our suitcase looks like a grochery store with bubble wrap and food we can use if we have to. The potential of him getting sick is so stressful that it consumes us and we often don’t relax as much as we should. Same thing, you can’t trust any place to eat, you have a French printout explaining “Sans Gluten” in your pocket at all times (our last trip to Paris, which is the gluten capital of the world in my eyes)
    When we travel now, we also do the chef thing as much as possible to take the pressure off. Worth every penny :)

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      Ivy

      Michelle do you and your husband charter your yacht? I’d love to get your information if you do:)

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    GwenH

    Great article and great ides also. We are panning on going on a trip for my birthday and our 35 wedding anniversary in the New Year, we are booked in at a condo so I don’t have to worry about eating out and getting sick! I will be packing some food/snacks on the plain since we will be in the air at meal times. There are 4 of us going and I’m the only one who is celiac, so I’ll be cooking most of the time, but that’s ok I’d rather cook than be sick.

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    KT

    I had a very good experience at an all-inclusive resort (Hard Rock in Cancun). We notified them ahead of time, and they had someone talk to me at check-in to confirm their allergen arrangements, and they provided me with a note in Spanish to show the staff at the restaurants. All the staff were aware of celiac and food allergies, and I didn’t get glutened the whole week. A couple of times I actually got better food than everyone else because the chef had to make my meals fresh.

    Mostly, we rent places through Airbnb or Verbo and do our own cooking, just like at home.

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