For the past 14 months I’ve been travelling full time, mainly in Australia and Asia. Now that I’m back home for a bit, I have the time to review what I learned during my time abroad. It’s a lot, I tell you. But to keep it simple, I want to share my top three things that helped me a lot with my food intolerances.
1. be prepared
This means: always have snacks with you. I don’t know about you, but I can get “hangry” pretty quickly, so for me and everyone around me, I like to be prepared. That’s why I usually pack more food than clothes when I’m going away. For me it’s soothing to know that I have enough to eat and won’t be left hungry – especially when I’m somewhere that may doesn’t offer anything appropriate for me.
By now I have a whole lot of snack ideas for every situation which can easily be prepped. Also there are some tablets I usually take with me wherever I go – just in case. I’ll write more about these topics another time.
2. speak the language
By this I don’t mean that you have to be fluent, but I recommend looking up the most relevant words for you. Depending on where you are, people don’t speak english, so it can be helpful to know that “bawang putih” means garlic in Indonesian.
The locals usually like it if you’re trying to speak their language. And even though they might not understand why someone can’t eat garlic, they’ll still do their best to help. Sometimes that means, they bring you a hard boiled egg to eat (yes, that happened to me in Bali). But hey, an egg is better than no egg, right?
3. enjoy yourself
Enjoyment for me means to soak everything in, trying stuff and being relaxed. That’s exactly what I love about travelling too. I find it so rewarding to fill my head with unforgettable impressions instead of unnecessary thoughts. Of course there are stressful and complicated situations – especially when you’re travelling with food intolerances. But please don’t let this discourage you. Calmness is key. Because when our heads and bodies relax, so does our gut (especially with IBS).
Well, now after 14 months of being on the road, I can say: it’s worth it! Every part of it. So please do not let your diet keep you from experiences like these. There’s always a way.
Feel free to contact me when you’re planning your next trip, I’ll be happy to help you with some of the preparations. And then there’s just one more thing left to say: “have a good journey”.
About the Author
Angi, who’s originally from Switzerland, has been travelling the world for over a year now. Together with her boyfriend Pam and her many food intolerances.
As the intolerant wanderer she portraits her journey on Instagram and Facebook. Her goal is to help others and show that it’s still possible to travel and even live location independently.
Pam & Angi also created intolerant.me. They want to build a platform for people with food intolerance. It shall be a place for inspiration, information and interaction – and to make life a bit easier.