Day 2 of 14
Let’s jump right into the email…
I am traveling to Honduras in Feb. and needless to say freaking out about how I am going to eat and not get sick. I also have issues with dairy. I am staying at a 5-star hotel but needless to say it’s Honduras and there is not a mini-fridge or microwave in room. I spoke with their in-house reservations about it and they asked for an email with what my needs are. Hoping to at least get a microwave in the room.
I already know I need to pack my own food as much as possible. I don’t use a lot of prepackaged food though (usually do lean meats/veggies) and don’t know what you might suggest that is good and would help me survive for a week. There is a coffee maker so I can make myself hot water for GF oatmeal etc.
Any other ideas?
Hmmm…while I know less than nothing about Honduras, I’ve got a couple of thoughts here.
1) Whether you like it or not, I’d suggest bringing some prepackaged food. Better safe than sorry. Load up on items that travel well.
2) Keep a friendly email conversation going with the hotel. Tell them how excited you are about your stay, but that you are anxious because of your celiac disease. If they seem responsive to your needs, work with them to make it easier for everybody involved.
3) Ask to be put in touch with the head chef at the hotel. If it’s a 5-star hotel, I’d like to think that means a 5-star chef as well. He or she should not only be up for the challenge of keeping you safe, but will take pleasure in providing you meals for the week.
4) Really try to get a fridge and a microwave in the room. If they don’t have them at the hotel, see if you can rent them for the week and have them delivered to your room.
5) If you’ll be eating at restaurants outside the hotel, do your due diligence. Call the restaurants ahead of time, speak with the manager, and see if they can accommodate you. If not, find a Plan B for that evening, even if it means not eating at the restaurant, but still enjoying the people you are with.
6) See if there is a grocery store in the area you’ll be staying. Then you can always load up on items once you arrive.
7) Don’t freak out! You are going on vacation. Part of the fun of vacation is looking forward to it. You’ve got plenty of time to prepare. Breathe. Your vacation is going to be awesome.