Love to Travel, Hate the Planning?

You’re Not Alone!

There’s something magical about visiting new places and creating fresh memories. Who doesn’t love the thrill of exploring new landscapes and cultures? However, if you’re like me and manage Celiac Disease, the idea of traveling can stir up more anxiety than excitement.

Deciding where to go is just the start. Then comes the daunting task of navigating “safe” eating spots, which can be especially challenging in quaint, remote locations by streams or nestled in the mountains—the kind of places my family and I adore. The planning phase must start months in advance, and let’s be honest, it’s not just a headache—it’s a full-blown MIGRAINE!

Vacation means a break from the routine, including kitchen duties. While we almost always rent a place with a full kitchen to stock up on safe foods, the reality is, I don’t always want to cook, especially after a day packed with activities. Breakfast and lunch are manageable, but dinner? That should be adventurous and relaxing, a chance to dine out and soak in the local vibe.

This year’s destination is Michigan. We’re excited to kayak, lounge on beaches, and explore the charm of small towns, including the picturesque Mackinac Island. We’ve opted to drive this time around—last year’s flight to Hawaii was less than stellar, and road-tripping means we can bring along our sweet old dog, Scout, and pack plenty of snacks.

Once settled in our cabin, the first order of business will be finding a local grocery store to stock up on perishables. Planning day trips means knowing ahead of time when and where we’ll likely eat out. Feeling exhausted yet? I get it. It’s a lot.

So, what’s the solution? Forfeit travel? That’s not an option for us. I crave new sights and experiences at least once a year. Growing up, my family didn’t travel much, so I’m making up for lost time.

The best advice I can offer is to plan meticulously, stay organized, and make sure you have the “Find Me Gluten Free” app on your smartphone. It’s an absolute lifesaver, helping to locate vetted gluten-free dining options wherever you are. Then, all that’s left is to take a deep breath, say a little prayer, and leap into your adventure.

I’m excited to see what Michigan holds for us. Where are you heading next?

Got any travel tips, especially for managing food sensitivities on the road? Drop your thoughts and advice in the comments below—we could all use the extra help!

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