Customized Travel

If you have dietary restrictions, allergies, or even personal preferences for whatever reason, traveling is now easier and more accommodating than ever before. Hotels and cruise lines are striving even harder to meet guests’ specific needs and requirements whenever possible. Craving low-calorie green tea? Trying out a new low-carb diet? Restricting your gluten intake for health reasons? All of this and more should be readily available to you, without having to pay extra.

One reason behind these accommodations is an acknowledgement of the increase in food allergies; 15 million Americans have allergies, which is 3 million more than recorded in 2011, according to Food Allergy Research and Education, the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to food allergy awareness, education, research and advocacy.

Another factor, according to Claire Bennett, executive vice president of American Express Travel, speaks to the larger trend in hospitality of “customization.” Notable cruise lines have taken action in response. Crystal Cruises, for example, has a separate area in the main kitchens of its two ocean liners where the chef cooks only kosher meals. Norwegian Cruise Line ensures that all of its ships have gluten-free sections in the main kitchen for the production of muffins, cakes and other wheat-free foods.

So, there’s no need to let certain limitations cause you stress or worry, or detract from the pleasures of travelling. It looks like it’s now easier than ever to get the foods, service and customized experience you deserve.

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