International Destinations

In her quest to present a world of travel opportunities to her gluten-free clients, travel agent Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us has just developed a gluten-free, worry-free itinerary for the Galapagos Islands, with a chance to explore the treasures of Quito, Ecuador en route. Ellen was diagnosed with Celiac herself decades ago, so she is more familiar than anyone I know with the challenges that travel can bring. As more people have gotten diagnosed with Celiac -- and as they've become more comfortable with the thought of traveling -- Ellen has found her niche. She has used her worldwide knowledge and contacts developed as a travel agent to make travel safe even for Celiacs like herself. Ellen has shared many of the itineraries with us on our Gluten Free Getaways page...opportunities for travel to Prague, Croatia, China, Japan, India, and Costa Rica. She even has two itineraries (one leisure and one more adventurous) for biking through the Tuscan and Piedmont countryside of Italy. Of course, she is also extremely well-versed in helping gluten-free clients plan trips to other popular cities throughout Europe. Her newest itinerary, probably the most spectacular, is an opportunity for travel to the Galapagos Islands --... Read more →


Have you been on wonderful vacation recently? Perhaps you relaxed at an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean...took a fun cruise...enjoyed a European adventure...or something else even more exotic. We'd love to feature YOUR gluten-free travel experience with the followers of this Blog. If it was a positive experience, it's great inspiration for fellow gluten-free travelers! Too many gluten-free folks still believe they can't travel while safely following their gluten-free diet. I've made it my mission for the past 8 years to prove them wrong! Let's show them how many amazing (and safe) options there are available now! Of course, we always welcome you to submit your travel reviews to our website, GlutenFreeTravelSite.com...whether it's a restaurant you dined at on vacation, market or bakery where you found exciting gluten-free offerings, a hotel or resort that offered delicious gluten-free fare, or a cruise line that treated you like royalty. However, we'd love to give you, our followers, an opportunity to have a "guest post" on this blog, in which you can lay out your entire vacation experience. We welcome as many details as you'd like to share: where you stayed, where you dined, what you might do differently, and how this vacation... Read more →


These days, with so many travel portals offering thousands of reviews (including ours for the GF community -- GlutenFreeTravelSite), many people don't see the need to use a travel agent. Our culture has become very do-it-yourself, with people going online to read reviews and then booking their own travel arrangements, thinking they're saving time or money. But I'm here to advocate the opposite. While there's certainly a great need for sites like ours (and the more "mainstream" -- not GF focused -- sites like TripAdvisor), they are still just part of planning a great trip. I always recommend people go online to read reviews and get a feel for the most GF-friendly destinations, properties, and restaurants as a first step as they begin to consider different travel options. But speaking from much personal experience, travel agents can also be an enormous help. I have used them to help plan many trips for our own family, I wouldn't have it any other way. Here are my TOP 10 REASONS TO CONSIDER USING A TRAVEL AGENT: 1.) They have YEARS of expertise, something none of us can match even after spending hours or days trolling travel websites like GlutenFreeTravelSite, TripAdvisor, or Airbnb.... Read more →


You may be familiar with Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us and her amazing gluten free travel itineraries. Every few months, she unveils a new itinerary, and this time...it's Costa Rica. If some of her other recent gluten free itineraries (Prague, Croatia, China, Japan, India, and two bike tours through northern Italy) haven't been high on your own bucket list, perhaps Costa Rica is just what you're looking for. It offers a good value, close proximity, and little in the way of a language barrier (most people speak very good English). It's a great alternative to Europe for anyone concerned about security and safety. Plus, Costa Rica has had more than a century of democratic tradition and a high quality of life. Best of all, it presents a unique blend of relaxation and adventure...all while enjoying some of the most spectacular natural beauty on earth. As with all of Ellen's itineraries, it's not a group tour. You travel when you want...and with whom you want. Your trip to Costa Rica can be customized based on your desired dates of travel, length of stay, interests, and budget. The day-by-day itinerary laid out on our Costa Rica page is just a suggestion,... Read more →


As you know, Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us specializes in putting together gluten free travel itineraries that can be customized for her clients. She finds the best gluten free friendly hotels and restaurants in a particular destination, works with local travel experts, vets the chefs at the places she recommends, and lines up tours and transportation -- all so you can travel gluten-free and worry free! These aren't group tours (unless you happen to want to pull together a group of your family or friends to travel together). Everything is customizable, according to your budget and preferences. You decide WHEN you want to travel, for HOW LONG you want to travel, and what you want to SEE of the places Ellen recommends. Ellen's latest itinerary, which she's been hard at work on for a while, is for PRAGUE. I was particularly excited to hear about this myself, as I'd love to visit there with my family some day. It's really so encouraging that virtually any destination is within the reach of gluten free travelers these days...if you take advantage of the resources available to you (like Ellen!). If you've missed some of my past posts, she's also put together... Read more →


Today we welcome Valerie Bowden as our guest blogger. Valerie has traveled extensively to Ethiopia and experienced the creative ways they use teff, Ethiopia's indigenous grain, which just happens to be gluten free -- and loaded with nutrition! She recently launched Eat Dirkosh, a teff-based snack chip company. She'll share some advice on eating Ethiopian food anywhere, including tips for gluten free diners...and she even shares some restaurant recommendations for dining in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. Almost everyone has dreamed of going on an African vacation filled of safari animals, exotic cultures, and beautiful people. While it may seem overwhelming deciding which country to visit on the continent, one of the best ones to choose is Ethiopia. This beautiful and very safe East African country is known for its hospitable locals, gorgeous landscapes, and its delicious coffee. Often referred to as “The Land of 13 Months of Sunshine,” Ethiopia boasts more than just great weather though. It's also a gluten-free paradise. Teff Grain Ethiopia's gluten-free pride and joy is teff grain, which is native only to Ethiopia and its neighbor, Eritrea. While teff is the tiniest grain in the world, it's a nutritional powerhouse. It boasts an impressive amount of... Read more →


We're always adding helpful content, updating resources, and improving the functionality of GlutenFreeTravelSite and our free companion mobile app, Dine Gluten Free. But for those of you who haven't visited for a while -- or may not be aware of all the ways these valuable resources can help you DINE & TRAVEL gluten free more easily, we thought it might be time for a reminder... First Stop (if you need it): An Overview Under the RESOURCES tab within the navigation bar on our website, there's a section of the site called About Celiac & Gluten Sensitivity that contains 12 "chapters" of information that are helpful to both new and veteran gluten free folks. And if you have friends or family members that need to understand your diet better, send them a link to this page for answers to the questions they may have (sometimes it's easier when it comes from an impartial source!). Also, if you have a friend that suspects gluten may be adversely affecting their health, by all means, pass along this information to them. It could provide the spark that leads them to get tested. We've tried to make the explanations about Celiac, gluten sensitivity, and a... Read more →


For those of you considering the upcoming 5-night Gluten Free Gourmet All-Inclusive Vacation to the luxury El Dorado Royal Resort along Mexico's Riviera Maya -- with Celiac expert Dr. Alessio Fasano as the featured guest -- I encourage you to take advantage of it. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! There is still space available, but Lesley Hayden Hock, gluten free travel specialist at Travel Leaders agency (and the person working with Dr. Fasano and his team to plan this unforgettable trip), will need to hear from you by September 8, 2015. That's when a small deposit is due. El Dorado was voted by Conde Nast as one of the Top 100 Hotels in the World! The trip is a fantastic value -- and Lesley and Dr. Fasano's team have worked with El Dorado to ensure that there will be wonderful and safe gluten free options (and gluten free wines and other alcoholic beverages) at each meal. See the brochure below…and give Lesley a call at 800-487-6110 or email her at lhayden@travelleaders.com You can read more about the trip in my previous Blog post. Read more →


Like many other destinations where gluten free awareness is limited, India has been challenging for gluten free travelers. But now, one of our favorite travel agents, Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us, has worked with a very reputable company in India, to develop an itinerary for travel to northern India. It includes all the must-see attractions of this diverse country, and best of all, the hotels where you'll stay and dine have been carefully vetted. Ellen was diagnosed with Celiac as a toddler and has been gluten free for many decades…long before "gluten free" was a household term. And she has also spent decades working as a travel agent. As awareness of Celiac Disease and gluten free diets has spread across the globe, she has been thrilled to merge her two areas of expertise and work with high quality travel partners to offer gluten free itineraries to fellow Celiacs. In India, Ellen works with a company called Travel Scope India to design the itineraries and vet the hotels. Ellen does not advocate dining at typical restaurants while traveling in India. That is why she and Travel Scope India have spent considerable time vetting the chefs at luxury hotels where her... Read more →


I wanted to share this infographic from Goodness Direct, a website based in the U.K. It provides tips for dining gluten free in many countries. You'll learn key phrases that have been translated into the native language (print the infographic and cut out the phrases to keep in your wallet), top gluten free brands in each country, and the best markets for finding a wide assortment of gluten free foods. Embedded from GoodnessDirect Blog Read more →


By now you know we like to make you aware of the very best gluten-free travel opportunities…and Ireland is one destination we're particularly excited about. Although the incidence of Celiac in Ireland is higher than elsewhere (close to 2% of the population) and awareness is good, care and caution are still needed when planning a trip and choosing places for the best gluten-free dining experiences. Now you can benefit from both Crafted Ireland Custom Tours' knowledge of the Emerald Isle AND the guidance of a gluten-free author and blogger. Together, they've planned a wonderful trip with gluten-free fine-dining experiences throughout Ireland. This 7-day/6-night trip will take place from October 11-17, 2015, and you'll enjoy luxury 5-star accommodations. This unforgettable journey will take you from Dublin to Killarney. You'll visit the Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher (pictured), and The Burren…as well as castles and gardens. You'll even participate in an elite cooking class and gourmet dinner at the Ballymaloe Cookery School and attend a whiskey master class at the Jameson Distillery (where all whiskeys are gluten free). For more information, take a look at our Gluten Free Getaways page (scroll down to Gluten Free Getaway #2) or visit the... Read more →


Like many countries in Asia, gluten free travel to Japan can be difficult. Awareness of the diet is limited, and it's rare for chefs to understand the complexities involved in preparing a safe gluten-free meal. And traveling is NOT a time you want to put your health in the hands of anyone but the best-trained chefs! Enter Ellen Morse and Gluten Free Travel-Us. Once again, they have opened up an area of the world that was previously unavailable to the typical gluten free traveler. Just as she worked with Wendy Wu Tours to make China a safe destination for Celiac and gluten sensitive travelers, she has worked with Wendy Wu Tours to develop an equally tempting itinerary for Japan. Gluten free travelers will take comfort in knowing that Ellen has worked with Wendy's team to find the best hotels, where the chefs are able to ensure their gluten guests will receive safe meals during their stay. This itinerary, like all of Ellen's, is not a group tour -- unless it is your preference to assemble a large group of travel companions. Rather, it is a suggested itinerary you can take at any time and customize according to your preferences (dates,... Read more →