Follow these tips and tricks from TAG to ensure ample fun and safety on your adventure abroad.
If they speak another language
make sure that you bring translated FARE Chef cards
If you are going on a school-sponsored or group trip
make arrangements to talk with the tour guide and be sure to sit with them at meals so that they can help you explain your allergies to the restaurant staff
Even if you don’t need them
Research your destination
to learn about the country’s labeling laws and common ingredients/dishes
Learn how to read your allergen on labels in the language
so that you are able to identify it quickly
If you don't speak the language
make arrangements to talk with the tour guide and be sure to sit with them at meals so that they can help you explain your allergies to the restaurant staff.
"I have been fortunate to have gotten the opportunity to travel to many countries around the world since I was young. In general, my family and I have always cooked our own food on vacations. The times we did go out and eat, we mostly brought our own homemade food or the hotels that we stayed at were very cautious and aware of food allergies. The only places I remember having negative experiences/allergic reactions or it was hard to access safe food outside of the hotel were Spain (lookout for hidden dairy in their meats), France (A lot of eggs and dairy are used, so I did not have many options), Malaysia (I had a problem with cross-contamination and eggs and dairy in a burger I ate because they didn’t understand my allergies, but we thought they understood. I was throwing up). China, and the Philippines. With that said, there have been a couple of countries that we either had no problems in or had a positive experience in."