World cuisines are lovely as they are diverse. But if you have one or more dietary restrictions, travelling abroad can feel like a stressful prospect.

Sometimes food labelling and language barriers get in the way, or you don’t enjoy feeling picky when there’s so much to try. And if your diet is more medical than lifestyle, no one wants to get sick on holiday. Studies estimate up to 25% of Australians have a food intolerance – that’s a lot of travellers who need to be careful!

So no matter what food group(s) you’re avoiding, here’s a guide to international travel and eating abroad.

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Before you take off, here are some handy reminders for travelling with a dietary requirement.
First, if you’re going to a place with a language barrier, download a translator app or bring a pocketbook of standard dietary phrases. Not only will this help you navigate this exciting new place, but it can also help you communicate your needs. 

These days, translator apps are excellent at translating text, speech, and even photos captured through your smartphone camera in real time. Plus, you’ll learn a few nifty phrases in no time. “Gluten frei, bitte!”
While most living with a restriction have gotten pretty old-hat at speaking up, it’s always good to remind yourself that a) you’re not a nuisance and b) staff are here to help you! 

Many long-haul flights these days let you select dietary options ahead of time, especially if you’re anaphylactic to peanuts, and most menus will be labelled. Let people know politely, and they’ll be happy to assist. 

As a happy bonus, most airlines bring out special diet-friendly meals first. Score!
Don’t forget your pills and potions when packing your bags. Put anything mission-critical in your carry-on, along with a doctor’s note if relevant (in case the authorities have questions). 

Research any drug restrictions at your destination ahead of time, too. Be prepared to declare anything when passing through customs. Some countries may limit the amount of medication you can bring or prohibit certain drugs altogether.

Sometimes, it’s also worth packing diet-friendly snack options in your carry-on. But certain foods are subject to travel restrictions, too, so look up the rules ahead of time. Speaking of which…
Research is key. Get across what the local cuisines are, any restaurants you’d like to check out, and any local rules or regulations (particularly around medication or how a country assigns food safety labels). A little reading ahead of time could save you a lot of grief down the road.
Many online communities have arisen around shared diets, especially coeliac disease/gluten intolerance, veganism, or anaphylaxis. Look at what the locals and other travellers reckon are the best places to eat, including their tips for getting by. 

Who knows – you might make new friends to meet up with when you get there!
While not every preexisting condition is eligible for coverage, it’s a good idea to compare travel insurance policies and find one that could help reimburse emergency medical expenses. This is especially handy if your food restriction is life-threatening, like anaphylaxis, though your provider may require you to get a medical assessment before covering your condition.

Read the policy’s product disclosure statement to get the terms and conditions of your coverage, including which intolerances or allergies may be eligible.
Most Australians visit the ‘big three’ when travelling abroad, i.e. the UK, USA, and New Zealand. These countries are universally diet-friendly, depending on where you go, so they make for great and reliable options. 

However, if you’re keen to expand your horizons, here are some diverse options for different dietary restrictions.

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Anyone who can’t have gluten will tell you: rice and corn are the best! Luckily, these three countries have local cuisines that embrace this dynamic duo with deliciousness. 

Indian cuisine, in particular, tends to eschew grains like wheat (though be wary of naan), while authentic Mexican menus are love letters to maise. Masa harinha, anyone?

Pho (pronounced “fuh”) from Vietnam also makes for a delicious, gluten-free meal, though be sure to ask for tamari sauce instead. Wholesome broths and spring rolls, here we come!

Bonus recommendation: Norway, in recent years, has become absolutely infatuated with the taco. Why not check out the northern lights while chowing down on a fish taquito?
Vegans consistently rank India as one of the most vegan-friendly countries in the world. Not only is beef not on the menu, but a whole host of delicious veggies, spices, and kinds of rice are. 

Taiwan also comes as a surprising recommendation. Who would’ve thought? But government-advised “Meatless Mondays” and a wonderfully thriving Buddhist population make this an unmissable destination for vegans. 

The Nordic countries have also established an excellent reputation for delicious vegan-friendly meals. Pescetarians will fall in love with the plentiful seafood – surströmming, anyone?

Those with shellfish allergies might benefit from visiting vegan countries, though most tourist-heavy coastal areas will have facilities on hand to deal with allergic reactions. You might be safer on the beach than inland!
Anywhere with an Islamic population will have at least a few fantastic halal restaurants and hotels. Many countries also have labelling requirements for foods claiming to be halal so that you can shop with peace of mind.

However, when it comes to a certified halal adventure, Southeast Asian countries like the Maldives, Singapore, and the Land of Smiles itself – Thailand – are iconic. 

The Maldives make for a beautiful oceanic experience, while South Thailand is a renowned Islamic hotspot. Singapore might also have one of the best airports in the world and a host of fantastic sights once you land. Let the wanderlust flow!

We all know New York has some of the best delis in the world – but little known fact, so does Montreal! Canada and France’s significant Jewish populations make them some of the best destinations for those seeking kosher food abroad. Why not picnic with Matzah soup beneath the Eiffel Tower? Snack on some perfectly boiled bagels by Niagara Falls?

Of course, Israel & the Palestinian Territories are peerless for their kosher varieties, but be sure to check Smartraveller for advice before booking a trip.
Despite the prevalence of tree nuts such as walnuts in pesto, Italy can be a surprisingly safe country for people with nut allergies. Much like Canada, Italy’s strict food labelling laws, minimalist cooking, and accommodating restaurants create a safe overall dining environment.
FODMAPs-free is a highly diverse diet, so narrowing down specific countries can be tricky. But the most common FODMAPs triggers – garlic and onion – are astoundingly easy to avoid in Taiwan and Italy.

Taiwanese Buddhist vegan cuisine excludes garlic and onion, not just meat, from cooking. And while Italian food usually embraces these herbs, it also has an impressive number of options without them, such as carbonara.
No place like home, eh? While the past two years may have us sick of it, Australia is still one of the best places in the world to travel if you have food allergies. 

Not only does Australia have one of the highest rates of food allergies in the world (nearly 2 in 100 adults), but strict food safety laws mean dining out can be an inclusive affair. 

But a domestic trip doesn’t have to be a boring one. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Don’t forget your domestic travel insurance.

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Easy and cost-effective travel cover with Covid-19 cover included. With 4 base plans, 4 packs and cover for specific medical conditions. For Australian travellers, couples and families up to 99 years young. Add optional extras. 24/7 worldwide emergency help and unlimited medical cover. 14-day cooling-off period, money back guaranteed.
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Get peace of mind with Fast Cover with worldwide 24 hour emergency assistance. Enjoy cover for emergency medical and hospital expenses. Get cover for cancellation costs as well as for luggage and personal belongings. No medical assessments required. 25-day money back guarantee. Cancellation cover for COVID claims limited to $5,000.
Get peace of mind with Fast Cover with worldwide 24 hour emergency assistance. Enjoy cover for emergency medical and hospital expenses. Get cover for cancellation costs as well as for luggage and personal belongings. No medical assessments required. 25-day money back guarantee. Cancellation cover for COVID claims limited to $5,000.
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Be covered for international overseas and medical expenses. Emergency medical assistance 24 hours/365 days a year. Cover for cancellation fees and lost deposits. Cover for luggage and personal money. Dependents covered free of charge (conditions apply). Limited COVID cover available. Cancellation cover for COVID claims limited to $3,500.
Be covered for international overseas and medical expenses. Emergency medical assistance 24 hours/365 days a year. Cover for cancellation fees and lost deposits. Cover for luggage and personal money. Dependents covered free of charge (conditions apply). Limited COVID cover available. Cancellation cover for COVID claims limited to $3,500.
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Southern Cross Travel Insurance Single trip covers a single return journey overseas, up to 12 months long. Includes cover for medical treatment, plus 24-hour emergency assistance. Cover for cancellation fees, baggage and personal items, as well as stolen travel documents, banking and more.
Southern Cross Travel Insurance Single trip covers a single return journey overseas, up to 12 months long. Includes cover for medical treatment, plus 24-hour emergency assistance. Cover for cancellation fees, baggage and personal items, as well as stolen travel documents, banking and more.
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Travel insurance with Covid-19 cover and made for women. Choose from 4 levels of cover so you only pay for the insurance you need. Cover comes with unlimited emergency medical cover worldwide. Kids travel free. Tailor your travel insurance with extra cover for activities and special gear. 14-day cooling-off period, money back guaranteed.
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Get protection in a few simple steps with Freely travel insurance all in the palm of your hand. Freely Travel offers 24/7 emergency and medical support, 24/7 customer service. Plus, you can tailor your policy so you only pay for what you need, and adapt your cover in near real time. Add-ons such as car rental excess, snow sports or other activities also available.
Get protection in a few simple steps with Freely travel insurance all in the palm of your hand. Freely Travel offers 24/7 emergency and medical support, 24/7 customer service. Plus, you can tailor your policy so you only pay for what you need, and adapt your cover in near real time. Add-ons such as car rental excess, snow sports or other activities also available.
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To see the Pre-existing Conditions and Activities covered by this policy please visit our detailed page about this product.
Easy and cost-effective travel cover with Covid-19 cover included. With 4 base plans, 4 packs and cover for specific medical conditions. For Australian travellers, couples and families up to 99 years young. Add optional extras. 24/7 worldwide emergency help and unlimited medical cover. 14-day cooling-off period, money back guaranteed.
Easy and cost-effective travel cover with Covid-19 cover included. With 4 base plans, 4 packs and cover for specific medical conditions. For Australian travellers, couples and families up to 99 years young. Add optional extras. 24/7 worldwide emergency help and unlimited medical cover. 14-day cooling-off period, money back guaranteed.
Terms, conditions, exclusions, limits and sub-limits may apply to any of the insurance products shown on the Mozo website. These terms, conditions, exclusions, limits and sub-limits could affect the level of benefits and cover available under any of the insurance products shown on the Mozo website. Please refer to the relevant Product Disclosure Statement and the Target Market Determination on the provider's website for further information before making any decisions about an insurance product.
To see the Pre-existing Conditions and Activities covered by this policy please visit our detailed page about this product.
Get peace of mind with Fast Cover with worldwide 24 hour emergency assistance. Enjoy cover for emergency medical and hospital expenses. Get cover for cancellation costs as well as for luggage and personal belongings. No medical assessments required. 25-day money back guarantee. Cancellation cover for COVID claims limited to $10,000.
Get peace of mind with Fast Cover with worldwide 24 hour emergency assistance. Enjoy cover for emergency medical and hospital expenses. Get cover for cancellation costs as well as for luggage and personal belongings. No medical assessments required. 25-day money back guarantee. Cancellation cover for COVID claims limited to $10,000.
Terms, conditions, exclusions, limits and sub-limits may apply to any of the insurance products shown on the Mozo website. These terms, conditions, exclusions, limits and sub-limits could affect the level of benefits and cover available under any of the insurance products shown on the Mozo website. Please refer to the relevant Product Disclosure Statement and the Target Market Determination on the provider's website for further information before making any decisions about an insurance product.
To see the Pre-existing Conditions and Activities covered by this policy please visit our detailed page about this product.
Be covered for international overseas and medical expenses. Emergency medical assistance 24 hours/365 days a year. Cover for cancellation fees and lost deposits. Cover for luggage and personal money. Dependents covered free of charge (conditions apply). Limited COVID cover available. Cancellation cover for COVID claims limited to $3,500.
Be covered for international overseas and medical expenses. Emergency medical assistance 24 hours/365 days a year. Cover for cancellation fees and lost deposits. Cover for luggage and personal money. Dependents covered free of charge (conditions apply). Limited COVID cover available. Cancellation cover for COVID claims limited to $3,500.
Terms, conditions, exclusions, limits and sub-limits may apply to any of the insurance products shown on the Mozo website. These terms, conditions, exclusions, limits and sub-limits could affect the level of benefits and cover available under any of the insurance products shown on the Mozo website. Please refer to the relevant Product Disclosure Statement and the Target Market Determination on the provider's website for further information before making any decisions about an insurance product.
To see the Pre-existing Conditions and Activities covered by this policy please visit our detailed page about this product.
Travel insurance with Covid-19 cover and made for women. Choose from 4 levels of cover so you only pay for the insurance you need. Cover comes with unlimited emergency medical cover worldwide. Kids travel free. Tailor your travel insurance with extra cover for activities and special gear. 14-day cooling-off period, money back guaranteed.
Travel insurance with Covid-19 cover and made for women. Choose from 4 levels of cover so you only pay for the insurance you need. Cover comes with unlimited emergency medical cover worldwide. Kids travel free. Tailor your travel insurance with extra cover for activities and special gear. 14-day cooling-off period, money back guaranteed.
Terms, conditions, exclusions, limits and sub-limits may apply to any of the insurance products shown on the Mozo website. These terms, conditions, exclusions, limits and sub-limits could affect the level of benefits and cover available under any of the insurance products shown on the Mozo website. Please refer to the relevant Product Disclosure Statement and the Target Market Determination on the provider's website for further information before making any decisions about an insurance product.
To see the Pre-existing Conditions and Activities covered by this policy please visit our detailed page about this product.
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