As much as we love holidays, travelling can be nerve-wracking at times and it can be even worse for those with allergies, who will be worried about where they can eat.

No one wants to be wandering around a busy resort looking for a suitable restaurant when they are absolutely starving. Not only does this leave you extremely hungry at a time when you should be enjoying yourself, it can have an adverse affect on your mood and energy levels.

Thankfully, there are a few ways you can make sure you find the right dishes for your needs and not let your allergies ruin your holiday!

1. Do some research at the start of the day

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With the emergence of Wi-Fi, it is easier than ever before to collect information about a destination’s food scene.

In just a few clicks, you can identify places that serve dishes catering for your allergy and where they are located. For example, those with a gluten intolerance may be worried about eating in Rome, where pasta and pizza are two of the most popular dishes, but a quick online search brings up a number of excellent eateries. These include Voglia Di Pizza and II Viaggio, where there are a selection of delicious meals to choose from.

Simply note down the address and directions and look forward to a delightful main meal. If you’re particularly worried, perhaps even reserve a table.

Here are just some of the amazing allergy-friendly restaurants you can choose from across our destinations:

Barcelona: Allium

This charming eatery offers a fantastic variety of dishes to suit all kinds of allergies, including gluten and lactose.

Rome: Tre Scalini

In a city where the most popular dishes are full of wheat, this incredible restaurant is a fantastic option, offering a host of allergy-friendly meals.

Rhodes: Ambrosia

Expect fantastic service and delicious gluten-free pasta in this magnificent eatery.

2. Learn some key phrases to put your mind at ease

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In large tourist destinations, it’s likely that restaurants and shops will have a good understanding of English, but there’s no harm in learning a bit of the local tongue to put your mind at ease.

There are plenty of places online providing quick translations for a host of different languages, but here are just some phrases that could prove to be useful during your travels:


Gluten-free: Sin gluten
Nut allergy: Alergia a las nueces
Dairy allergy: Alergia a la leche
Allergy menu: Menú de la alergia


Gluten-free: Senza glutine
Nut allergy: allergia alle noci
Dairy allergy: Un’allergia al latte
Allergy menu: Menu di allergia

3. Prepare packed lunches for your days out

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While visiting restaurants and cafes may worry some visitors with allergies, buying ingredients from local supermarkets eliminates much of the fear as you will be able to make snacks that meet your own needs.

What’s more, to make the most of a destination, you don’t want to be stopping constantly in order to eat. By creating your own sandwiches and picking up some fruit, you can explore to your heart’s content and snack throughout the day.

There are plenty of products that are naturally safe for allergy sufferers, including fruit, vegetables and crisps. You may be pleasantly surprised at the free-from ranges available in supermarkets, too.

4. Educate others about your allergy before travelling

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If you’re travelling with other people, a great way to make sure you eat safe food is to educate them about your allergy.

You don’t need to go into too much detail. Simply showing them foods you can and cannot eat will enable them to help out with research before you travel. By doing this work in advance, you can settle your nerves and relax knowing that you will definitely have places to choose from.

As well as this, allergy-friendly eateries are often among the best in an area due to the care with which they prepare meals. With more than one person looking for options, you can look forward to a bigger variety of allergy-friendly diners.


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