International Destinations

Travelers these days are looking for different and unique experiences. With so much turmoil affecting traditionally popular travel destinations right now, people are thinking "outside-the-box." One destination worth considering -- even in the winter months, or ESPECIALLY in the winter months -- is northern Norway and the Arctic. Yes, according to Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us, this is a very popular spot from mid-October through late March for viewing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). In fact, Northern Norway, above the Arctic Circle, is one of the best places in the world to observe this phenomenon. This area is also free of "light pollution," providing an ideal viewing experience. Because of the long periods of darkness and the frequency of clear nights, winter is the best time for a visit. Ellen has recently worked with a local travel company in Norway to make this fantastic travel opportunity available to her gluten free clients. Her suggested itinerary comprises a 5-night journey, in which you will stay in two different hotels, each vetted for its ability to provide safe, gluten free meals for its guests. The two places you will visit are Tromso, known as the "Gateway to the Arctic," and Senja... Read more →


I'm often asked about best destinations for gluten free travelers. In fact, just yesterday, I responded to someone's inquiry about finding a GF-friendly all-inclusive resort in a warm climate. It used to be that answering these questions was difficult...or at least, it was a short answer! Now, however, our family's own Bucket List of where we want to travel is incredibly long. That's because, from a gluten free perspective, we now can travel safely to so many places. The choices are almost endless. So whatever your type of travel, I have recommendations for you. 1.) Favorite stand-by: All-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean or Mexico have been forever popular with travelers. It probably has something to do with the warm climate, endless food, and no worries about being nickeled-and-dimed for everything you eat, drink, or do. We get a good number of reviews coming in for resorts on our website, and one that recently stands out is Dreams Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. In fact, after getting back-to-back favorable reviews from families that spent the holidays there last year, we decided to showcase this resort on our Featured Review page back in February. I always recommend calling Lesley Hayden-Hock first,... Read more →


If you asked me to combine three of my favorite things (Italy, good gluten free food, and yoga), what you'd have is this incredible journey that recently came to my attention. Janice Veech (a.k.a. Go Yogi Chef) is a classically trained chef and certified yoga instructor who is leading her second gluten free journey to Umbria, Italy, an incredibly beautiful area of northern Italy known for its medieval villages, vineyards, and rich history. She partners with a local guide to deliver an authentic Italian experience. This gluten free Culinary Travel Adventure , scheduled for October 14-21, 2017, takes advantage of a time when there will be fewer crowds and ideal weather. Umbria's authentic Italian culture gives it a "frozen in time" appeal, and you'll stay in a private agriturismo in the countryside overlooking Assisi for the seven-day trip. Each morning, you'll have the opportunity to start your day with yoga (which, at the very least, will allow you to give yourself permission to enjoy all the glorious food later in the day!). Each day will be a journey to explore the region's history during Etruscan and Roman times, as well as its modern day culture. Activities include trips to charming... Read more →


Machu Picchu is high on many people's "Bucket Lists." The problem is...traveling to other countries, especially remote areas, can leave you feeling vulnerable from a dietary perspective. Will you be able to communicate your gluten free needs in another language? Will locals even understand what "gluten free" means? Even if they can offer a meal with gluten free ingredients, will they have the ability to keep your meal from getting cross contaminated during preparation? Will the tours you take even be able to accommodate special dietary needs? Will you be stuck eating fruit and snack bars brought from home for many of your meals? These are the questions that swirl through our minds as we dream of those exotic destinations we want to visit someday. Well, now "someday" is here. Our latest "gluten free getaway," designed by gluten free travel specialist Ellen Morse, covers the highlights of Peru, along with Machu Picchu. You'll spend a week touring Cuzco, Lima, UNESCO World Heritage Site Machu Picchu -- along with other ancient and colonial towns in Peru. This is a spectacular itinerary! Best of all, Ellen and her local partners in Peru have vetted the hotels and restaurants where you will stay... Read more →


Well, we have another amazing travel adventure to entice you with...a visit to Iceland, the land of extreme contrasts. You'll have a chance to visit all the unique natural wonders of this island country, from geothermal baths to icy glaciers. It's another itinerary put together -- with all the gluten free details researched for you -- by Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us. She is constantly on the lookout for ways to combine the most popular travel destinations with a safe gluten free experience. This time, she worked with the owner of a travel company in Iceland who also happens to be gluten free. All breakfasts are included at the hotel she will recommend, and the vetting has been done to ensure you'll be food-safe. In addition, she has restaurants she will recommend for your other meals. With all the work done for you, you can relax and enjoy the journey, experiencing the warm hospitality of the Icelandic people and all their country has to offer. Iceland affords such a rich and unique experience, with sights you won't find elsewhere...at least not all in one place! Its stunning topography includes geothermal hot spots, lava fields, volcanic craters, black sand beaches,... Read more →


Is an African safari something you've always dreamed of? Are you looking for a travel experience "off the beaten path"...but concerned about how you'll stay safely gluten free? Now your dream can become a reality, thanks to one of the most trusted gluten free travel specialists we work with. Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us has just announced her latest itinerary -- to Cape Town, South Africa and Kruger National Park. As with all her itineraries, you can travel at any time and customize the itinerary according to your interests. This is not a group tour...unless you want to organize a large group yourself. Ellen has worked with a large and very reputable travel company in South Africa to vet all the hotels where you'll stay and restaurants that you'll have to choose from. Ellen and her local partners have been very impressed with the level of gluten free knowledge at these establishments and feel confident you will be food-safe throughout your incredible journey. They leave no detail to chance! Because the company Ellen works with in South Africa is a large travel company, you benefit from the best pricing. So you really get the best of both worlds...a value-priced... Read more →


I always get so excited to share our new gluten free travel discoveries with you, and today is no exception! We've learned about an exotic resort situated on a cliff edge next to rainforests and a waterfall in one of the world's most beautiful tropical beach towns...Montezuma, Costa Rica. Best of all, the resort has been completely gluten free for almost two years. It's part of their mission to provide their guests with healthy food -- which also means a focus on food that's natural, organic, and local. The resort is dairy free, too, and they can even accommodate other dietary restrictions. All you need to do is let them know! The resort is called Anamaya, meaning "good health" in Sanskrit. While you can stay at this beautiful oasis for any reason, most people flock here for the yoga retreats and/or the surfing lessons. (The resort is just 40 minutes from Santa Teresa and its famous surf spots -- and just minutes away from other amazing beaches for surfing.) You can do one, the other, or a combination of both (yoga helps work on strength and balance -- key for surfing!). There's also the option to get scuba certified. Of... Read more →


Every couple months, we work with Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us to bring you a new gluten free itinerary. We try to offer something for every type of traveler: ever-popular destinations like Italy...newer "hot spots" like Cuba...once-in-a-lifetime experiences like The Galapagos...and "up-and-coming" destinations that have been gaining favor. Chile is one of those destinations. Due to the stable nature of its government, its unique history, and its gorgeous topography sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains, Chile is a destination you'll want to consider. And because its seasons are opposite ours in the northern hemisphere, it's an especially great place to visit during October through April, when average temperatures in Chile are in the 60s. Near-perfect weather, in my opinion! Chile offers incredible scenery and natural beauty. You'll fall in love with its awe-inspiring topography of forests, mountains, beaches, lakes, volcanoes, fjords, canals, and islands. Plus, its history -- dating from the native Incans to the Spanish Colonial period to a thriving modern country -- offers a fascinating blend of cultures. Increasingly recognized for its vineyards, Chile is also the perfect destination for oenophiles who enjoy tours and tastings at scenic wineries. For travelers with safety top-of-mind,... Read more →


You probably remember my Blog post detailing my family's trip to Italy this past summer. It was so fantastic, from a gluten free dining perspective, that I wrote a book about it (Gluten-Free in ITALY : Your Worry-Free and Gluten-Free Travel Guide to Italy), available on Amazon. But I'm often asked...of all the places we dined in Rome, Florence, and Venice, which was our favorite spot? Who had the best (and safest) gluten free offerings? In Rome, at least, I'd have to say it was a small chain of restaurants known as Mama Eat and Mama Frites. It was pure serendipity that we ended up eating at these two restaurants while in Rome. I'd heard about both restaurants and had included them on our list of places to potentially try while in Rome. However, I wasn't sure if it would work out, based on where we planned to be sightseeing each day. As luck would have it, after touring the Vatican for several hours one morning, a nearby gluten-free friendly restaurant where we'd planned to have lunch closed for renovation. We were starving, but we decided to continue with our day's plans and head south to Trastevere, an ancient and... Read more →


Every so often, our family makes a new version of a "homemade" gluten free pizza. We've tried many brands, and to be honest, we don't have a favorite...they actually all turn out pretty well. But to be honest, many times we go with our favorite ready-made frozen gluten free pizza (or frozen shell, which we top with our own sauce and toppings). We love Against the Grain pizzas (and plain shells) and have also enjoyed Udi's frozen pizzas when cooked on the grill. But traveling in Italy this summer inspired us and had us looking forward to trying a new mix for gluten free crust...a mix from one of our favorite restaurants in Florence. "How is this relevant to me?" you ask. How would you get your hands on this mix without going to Italy? Well, as of a couple weeks ago, it's available on Amazon.com! (A 3-pack is priced well at $12.84.) We purchased two boxes of the mix (which also comes with fresh-packed tomato sauce in a tin can and a packet of oregano) after dining at the restaurant...before we knew it would be available in the States via Amazon.com soon enough. So we had the pleasure of... Read more →


Have you dreamed of being able to enjoy authentic Neapolitan style pizza? Homemade gluten-free pasta with almost any sauce you can imagine? Gluten-free Nutella crepes? Freshly made gelato in a variety of gluten-free flavors? No, I'm not trying to torture you...but rather give you hope. These things do exist, and if you've ever longed to go to Italy, you can now entertain that thought...without worrying about how you'll stay gluten-free. I'm thrilled to announce the publication of my second e-book, Gluten-Free in ITALY: Your Worry-Free & Gluten-Free Guide to Italy. Like my first e-book, Gluten-Free in LONDON, this guide to ITALY provides you with everything you need for a successful (and safely gluten-free) trip: restaurant recommendations, advice on accommodations, tips for getting around each city (and between cities), the scoop on the best tours and excursions, and suggestions for saving money. You can literally use the book as a day-by-day guide to the cities our family just visited in late June/early July: Rome, Florence, and Venice. Our 12-day journey was a dream come true. We had enough time in each city so that we didn't feel rushed (although you never really have enough time to see all the amazing sites... Read more →


Yes, you heard it right...not only has the United States recently lifted the travel ban to Cuba, but it's now even accessible to Celiac and gluten free travelers. If the Colonial history, tropical climate, or "frozen in time" image of antique cars cruising the avenues of this island destination appeal to you (perhaps it's long been on your "Bucket List"), you'll be glad to hear it's now a possibility. Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us has added this destination to her list of other destinations that have previously been challenging for gluten free travelers. She has worked closely with her local contacts at Condor Tours and Travel to vet the hotel where you'll stay and the restaurants where you'll dine. Although Cuban food and cooking methods tend to lean toward the gluten free anyway, she and her partners have asked all the necessary questions and worked with the chefs to ensure you will be food-safe on this journey. Most meals are provided as part of the suggested itinerary Ellen has created, and she has safe suggestions about where to eat for the few meals you'll be on your own. Her well-thought-out itinerary includes hotel, transfers, many meals, and tours of... Read more →