Because a diet doesn’t have to keep you from eating your way around the world.

By Melissa Locker
October 17, 2016

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It’s hard enough to keep kosher, eat paleo, stick to your Whole 30 diet, or avoid dairy (and red meat, peanuts, and non-sustainable seafood) while home. But it’s more challenging than ever when you’re racing to catch a flight, eating hotel room service, or trying to communicate with a waiter in a foreign language.

Managing dietary restrictions and allergies in a new culture, with an unfamiliar language, and with wildly exotic cuisines can make eating (and enjoying a trip) extremely difficult. But a restricted diet shouldn’t mean restricted travel. With a little advanced planning and flexibility, people with even the most rigid diets can make the world their oyster—or preferred non-shellfish alternative.

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