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If you’re vegan and you’ve ever tried travelling with food allergies, then you know what it is to be a scavenger: navigating the complex puzzle of scarcity and survival; eating whatever is available to be eaten (like service station Oreos).

Babbel food allergiesDepending on where you’re traveling, it’s often even more challenging to find decent food abroad when you’ve got dietary restrictions. There’s not much you can do about the lack of good dairy-free options in France, but at the very least, you can learn to communicate your food preferences effectively. Thankfully Babbel, the shortest path to a real-life conversation in a new language, has put together a list of essential phrases for non-omnivore travellers, translated into five major languages:

What are your vegetarian/vegan options?

  • German: Welche vegetarischen/veganen Alternativen haben Sie?
  • French: Quelles sont vos options végétariennes/végétaliennes ?
  • Italian: Quali sono le vostre opzioni vegetariane/vegane?
  • Spanish: ¿Cuáles son las opciones vegatarianas/veganas del menú?
  • Swedish: Vad har ni för vegetariska/veganska alternativ?

Is this gluten-free?

  • German: Ist das glutenfrei?
  • French: Est-ce que c’est sans gluten ?
  • Italian: È senza glutine?
  • Spanish: ¿Es sin gluten?
  • Swedish: Är det här glutenfritt?

I have a severe food allergy. Can your kitchen use separate equipment to prepare my meal?

  • German: Ich habe eine starke Allergie. Wäre es möglich, bei der Zubereitung meines Gerichts separate Kochutensilien zu verwenden?
  • French: Je suis allergique à certains produits alimentaires. Pourriez-vous utiliser des ustensiles de cuisine différents pour préparer mon repas ?
  • Italian: Ho una grave forma di allergia alimentare. È possibile per la cucina utilizzare pentole e utensili a parte per preparare il mio piatto?
  • Spanish: Soy alérgico/a a varios alimentos. ¿Sería mucha molestia si los cocineros usasen otros utensilios para preparar mi comida aparte?
  • Swedish: Jag har svår matallergi. Kan köket laga min mat med separata köksredskap?

I’m allergic to _____. (wheat, dairy, shellfish, eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, soy)

  • German: Ich bin allergisch gegen _____. (Weizen, Laktose, Meeresfrüchte, Eier, Milch, Erdnüsse, Nüsse, Soja)
  • French: Je suis allergique ____. (au blé, aux produits laitiers, aux crustacés, aux oeufs, au lait, à l’arachide, aux noix, au soja)
  • Italian: Ho un’allergia __. (al grano, ai atticini, ai crostacei, alle uova, al latte, alle arachidi, alla frutta a guscio, alla soia)
  • Spanish: Soy alérgico/a _____. (al trigo, a los productos lácteos, al marisco, a los huevos, a los cacahuetes, a los frutos secos, a la soja)
  • Swedish: Jag är allergisk mot _____. (vete, mjölkprodukter, skaldjur, ägg, mjölk, jordnötter, nötter, soja)

Can you make this without _____? (meat, cheese, dairy)

  • German: Könnte ich das auch ohne ____ haben? (Fleisch, Käse, Milchprodukte)
  • French: Pourriez-vous préparer ce plat sans ____ ? (viande, fromage, produits laitiers)
  • Italian: È possibile cucinare questo piatto senza_____? (carne, formaggio, latticini)
  • Spanish: ¿Puede preparar este plato sin ____? (carne, queso, productos lácteos)
  • Swedish: Kan ni laga den här rätten utan ____? (kött, ost, mjölkprodukter)

Do you know of any good __ restaurants in town? (vegan, vegetarian, paleo)

  • German: Kennen Sie ein gutes ____ Restaurant in der Nähe? (veganes, vegetarisches, Paläo-)
  • French: Connaissez-vous des bons restaurants ____ en ville ? (végétaliens, végétariens, paléo)
  • Italian: Conoscete qualche buon ristorante __ in zona? (vegano, vegetariano, paleo)
  • Spanish: ¿Conoces algún restaurante bueno donde sirvan comida vegetariana/vegana/paleo?
  • Swedish: Vet du någon bra _____ restaurang i stan? (vegansk, vegetarisk, paleo-)

Is this meal prepared with the same equipment or oil as your meat dishes?

  • German: Wird dieses Gericht mit denselben Kochutensilien oder in demselben Öl zubereitet wie ihre Fleischgerichte?
  • French: Est-ce que ce plat est préparé avec les mêmes ustensiles ou la même huile que les plats de viande ?
  • Italian: Questo piatto è stato preparato con gli stessi utensili da cucina o con lo stesso olio dei vostri piatti con la carne?
  • Spanish: ¿Habéis preparado este plato con los mismos utensilios o el mismo aceite que usasteis para los platos con carne?
  • Swedish: Är den här rätten tillagad med samma köksredskap eller samma olja som era kötträtter?

What kind of dairy alternatives do you have?

  • German: Welche Alternativen zu Milchprodukten haben Sie?
  • French: Quelles alternatives avez-vous pour remplacer les produits laitiers ?
  • Italian: Avete prodotti sostitutivi dei latticini?
  • Spanish: ¿Tenéis otras alternativas a los productos lácteos?
  • Swedish: Vad har ni för alternativ till mjölkprodukter?

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Deborah Dickson-Smith
Deborah Dickson-Smith
Deborah plays the mother role in a blended family of seven. She's a travel blogger, diver and passionate eco warrior. She has lived in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Edinburgh, London and now resides in Sydney’s northern beaches with her kids - all seasoned travellers. Follow Deborah on Twitter @where2nextblog and Instagram @deborahdicksonsmith