I have been fortunate enough to travel all over the globe whilst on a gluten free diet. Although I must say travelling gluten free in my home country Australia is by far one of the easiest countries to travel with coeliac disease, and for many reasons.
Traveling gluten free in Australia is much easier than in many other countries because Australia is far more in tune with healthy living. And yea sure once upon a time Australia was dubbed one of the fattest (obese) countries in the world.
However, Australia is certainly doing something about that, with a vast array of health food products hitting the market consistently, such as gluten free, dairy free and even vegetarian and vegan.
Added to that, there are many cafes and restaurants being opened up which cater to the gluten free folk such as your and I. Which as travellers, this is a huge advantage for us when travelling gluten free in Australia.
But there is more to it than that again. Without trying to sell you that Australia is the best country to travel on a gluten free diet, the majority of the supermarkets cater to the gluten free population. With many, and I do mean many, products that keep coming out. From cookies, to frozen meals, cakes, breads and the list is endless.
Not only are the major grocery stores such as Coles and Woolworths great for this, but there are so many separate health food shops, like Flannery’s on the Gold Coast and many other independently owned health food shops that offer an even larger range of gluten free products.
I for one especially notice this as I have been on a gluten free diet for over 12 years now and when I first started eating gluten free there was no such thing as gluten free products on the supermarket shelves, let alone did anybody even know what gluten free was. Man that was a fun time for me . . . not!
But, back to traveling gluten free in Australia.
The way I see it though is that travelling gluten free in Australia is so easy because you don’t feel as though you need to stock up and carry your own emergency snacks in case you can’t find gluten free food anywhere. Honestly, most of the places that you will go will know what gluten free means and they will have gluten free options. You’ll be surprised, even in some of the outback towns you can find such cafes and restaurants or small supermarkets with gluten free options.
So if you are gluten-free and looking to travel somewhere that is gluten free friendly, be sure to keep Australia on your list as travelling gluten-free in Australia is certainly one of the easiest countries to travel on a gluten-free diet.