5 Important Gluten Free travel phrases you should know

So you are overseas in some foreign country, with foreign foods, foreign languages and all you want to do is wrap your mouth around some deliciously tasting Gluten Free food.

But alas, you don’t know any gluten free travel phrases to help you choose what you can and can’t eat. And I for one know exactly how this feels.

I have been in this sticky situation more than you could imagine! Often most of those times have been in some random parts of the world, without any water, extremely tired and at that certain level of hunger where you could just about eat anything and everything. You know how you feel; you almost eat anything, despite your stupid Gluten Free allergy.

It is one of those times where you don’t just wish you knew a few gluten free travel phrases, but automatically spoke the native language, where ever you are in the world at that moment, as if it were your own language.

gluten free travel phrases

Wouldn’t that just be heavenly, to walk around and find out what food you can and can’t eat in all different countries all over the globe.

Well now you can, just by learning a few very basic gluten free travel phrases that will pull you out of those sticky situations of not knowing what you can and can’t eat in different parts of the world.

So to be sure you know what you are talking about you need to rephrase and practice these 5 basic gluten free travel phrases so you have them down pat and are able to comfortably say them in public.

Ha, I know that sounds crazy right, but the first time I learnt a new language I was always worried it would come out wrong and that stopped me from being confident in what I had already learnt. So don’t be like me, instead practice a few times and be sure to speak up to get some answers for your Gluten allergy.

The first phrase you should always learn to speak in the foreign language of the place you are visiting is.

“Hi, how are you?” to greet the locals and let them know you have gone to the effort to learn a little of their native language. This will help them to listen to you, as they know you are just learning.

After greeting them, let them know your situation. Especially if you are at the table in a restaurant or on the street when buying street food, by telling them.

“I am allergic to wheat/Gluten”

After which you should add –

“Does this have wheat/gluten in it?”

Once you have asked these questions, they will either rattle off the answer in their own native language, or if you are lucky they may speak some English. But that being beside the point, you want to watch their body language when you ask them these questions. Usually they will either nod or shake their head, which is good because body language is universal.

Another tip I have learnt the hard way is, to always watch to see if they are uncertain. If they are uncertain and say the food has no wheat/gluten in it, follow your gut instincts and don’t be tempted. Too many times I have gone for it and trusted them but been caught out.

I am not saying that these people have lied to me, because in most cases they will be uncertain themselves and just don’t want to disappoint you or be rude. There is also a language barrier they are trying to battle themselves in answering you, which also makes it hard for them sometimes and we need to respect them for even trying to help us.

After all of this, you should certainly learn how to say ‘Thank You’ and ‘goodbye’ in their language, which is a must to chime in at the end. Being polite gets you very far, and it is always worth being grateful to those people who have tried to help you in answering your questions.

We need to remember it’s not just tough for us, but also for them as well, trying to understand and help us in a way they can.

Language types –

English – Hi

Spanish – Hay

French – Lá

German – Dort

Italian – Lá


English – I am allergic to wheat/Gluten

Spanish – Soy alérgico al gluten

French – Je suis allergique au gluten

German – Ich bin allergisch gegen Gluten

Italian – Sono allergico al glutine


English – Does this have gluten in it?

Spanish – ¿Esto tiene gluten en ella?

French – Cela at-il du gluten en elle?

German – Hat das Gluten in ihm?

Italian – Questo ha il glutine in essa?


English – Thank you

Spanish – Gracias

French – Merci

German – Danke

Italian – grazie


English – Goodbye

Spanish – adiós

French – Au Revoir

German – Auf Wiedersehen

Italian – arrivederci

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