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Top 4 Travel Tips for People with Special Dietary Needs

Top 4 travel tips for People with Special Dietary Needs

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There are many reasons why you may follow a special diet. For example, you may suffer from food allergies, you may follow a gluten-free diet because you have celiac disease, or you may be vegan because you don’t want to contribute to animal suffering and pollution.

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Having special dietary needs can be a challenge, though, when you travel. How can you ensure you’ll enjoy your vacation without going hungry and without having to forgo following your diet? Continue reading for a few tips.

Bring Your Own Food

Bringing along a few small meals and snacks is a great way to ensure you always have something to eat while en route to your destination. You should pack some extra food in case there are any delays, such as layovers during flights. Bring foods that will fill you up and energize you, and make sure that they’re properly stored and packed so they’ll remain fresh.

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Choose a Rental with a Kitchen

When booking your hotel or resort, make sure that you’ll have access to a kitchen that you can use to prepare meals using local foods that you can easily purchase. When renting a vacation home, you’ll get a great kitchen that you can use to feed yourself and your family, and you’ll be able to control every ingredient that lands in your plate.

While cooking for yourself during your vacation may not seem like a great thing, it will actually help you save money that would otherwise be spent on expensive restaurants, and you can ensure your meals will be fresh, healthy, and appropriate for your diet.

Book Your Vacation with a Company That Shares Your Dietary Needs

There are vegan cruises that you can find, as well as Kosher vacations that you can book through companies like Leisure Time Tours, in order to ensure your special needs will be met perfectly. In fact, when booking your vacation through these types of companies, you can rest easy knowing that you won’t have to work hard at all to get the foods you crave and that are nourishing to your body, mind, and spirit. Just do a quick search online and you’re bound to find the right vacation package that will suit your requirements and expectations.

Research Restaurants

Prior to even booking your vacation, research local restaurants to find out which ones will be great options for your breakfast, lunch, and dinner needs. If an area doesn’t provide enough eateries to suit your requirements, you may need to reconsider where you’ll stay or your destination on a whole. After all, your vacation could easily be ruined if you can’t gain access to the foods you need, so you should take steps to know what to expect.

When traveling with special dietary needs, you may find that it’s difficult to just go to any restaurant or get the nourishment you need while taking a road trip and stopping at fast food chains. But by properly researching your destination and bringing your own food, you can make the most of your journey.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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Paris on a Budget: Best Cheap Eats in Paris

While Paris used to be regarded as an expensive city, you can now enjoy Paris on a Budget. Use our guide to find the Best Cheap Eats in Paris.

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Although Paris has a reputation for being one of the most expensive cities globally, the rumors are now unfounded. In 2012, Paris dropped ten places in the Mercer cost of living survey. And with the Euro looking weak, now is probably a good time to find cheap flights and discover the city of love on a budget.

Eating in Paris can catch a lot of tourists out. Avoid the expensive restaurants serving fancy dishes like salmon wellington and snooty maître d’s on the Champs Elysees and follow our guide for the best cheap eats in Paris.  Spend less on food and possibly splurge on friendly hotels in Paris instead!

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Best Cheap Eats in Paris

Best Cheap eats in Paris, Eiffel Tower at Night, Paris

Head to the Marais

Famous for its selection of ethnic eateries, the trendy Marais area of Paris is perfect for picking up a quick snack.

Check out L’As du Falafel, where you can grab a flatbread bursting with golden fried balls of falafel, smothered in hummus and accompanied with red cabbage. For €4 to take away, you can’t argue with that. Simply head to Chez Hanna down the street for equally tasty food at similarly low prices if it’s too busy.

Best eats in Paris, The Louvre, Paris

Enjoy an Oriental baguette.

Vietnamese food is popular in France, and nowhere can you see the fusion of two cultures more clearly than at Saigon Sandwich in the Belleville district of Paris.  Their specialty, banh mi, is light and crusty French baguette filled with flavors of South East Asia.

There are only a few options (poulet, boeuf, Maison, and unique), but for €3 ago, you could happily sample them all.

Find French food on the cheap.

Believe it or not, there are some restaurants specializing in French cuisine that won’t see you stumbling into your overdraft. Les Temps des Cerises is one of them.

Described by Yelp as a “Dive Bar,” nothing could be further from the truth.  Run by a cooperative, it attracts a distinctly bohemian crowd. The menu is small, but the food is prepared from ingredients that sing with freshness and high quality.

View from the top of Arc de Triomphe

Eat like a local celebrity …

Rumour has it that Pierre Herme, one of Paris’s most celebrated pastry chefs, visits the Belleville restaurant Le Baratin. The prices are surprisingly low for the delicious Argentinian fare.

Time Out Magazine recommends the tuna carpaccio with cherries or the spicy basque lamb. Pop in at lunchtime for the prixe fix menu. At €18 for three courses it’s hard to complain.

… or eat like a local office worker

Bistro Victoires is a favorite amongst Paris’s locals. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, and the wine list leaves a lot to be desired, but when you sit down to enjoy some of the best steak frites in Paris, all else will be forgiven.

Portion sizes are enormous, and the waiters often remind patrons that if they order a starter, they won’t be able to tackle the main course. Despite being a famous location steps away from the Palais Royal, it still manages to be a hidden gem.

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What are your tips for finding the best cheap eats in Paris?

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Myka™ Voice-Enabled Recipe Cooking Book App Turns An iPhone Into A Personal Sous Chef

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Looking for a recipe cooking book app that can understand you? Look no further than the Myka AI-powered recipe builder app. This hands-free, voice-activated cookbook app converts your speech into a recipe on your iPhone.

Never forget a recipe or measurement again with this app by your side. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or just getting started in the kitchen, this app is perfect for documenting each step of your culinary creation. So go ahead and give it a try – your next masterpiece awaits!

I don’t know about you, but I love whipping up a meal or two (or three) when the mood strikes me. The only problem is, sometimes I’m not exactly sure what to make. That’s where cookbooks come in handy – they provide a wide range of recipes for all sorts of occasions.

But what happens if you’re not near your cookbook? Or if you want to get creative and make something new? Well, that’s where Myka comes in. Myka is an app that transforms your iPhone into a virtual cookbook.

This helpful tool is perfect for chefs of all skill levels who want to experiment with new recipes or simply perfect their existing ones. With the recipe builder app, you can easily add, remove or change ingredients to suit your taste. So whether you’re looking for a new challenge in the kitchen or just want to have some fun with your food, the recipe builder app is the perfect tool for you.

If you’re anything like me, you love to cook. But sometimes, it can be hard to remember all the steps and ingredients for your favorite recipes. That’s where our recipe builder app comes in!

The app uses cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology to convert your speech into a recipe, step by step. So whether you’re a professional chef or just a home cook, our app is perfect for you. Plus, it’s hands-free so you can continue cooking while we document everything for you.

If you’re like most people, you have a few recipe books lying around the house. But let’s be honest: who has the time to flip through all of them when you’re trying to cook a meal? That’s where recipe builder comes in.

With recipe builder, you can create, save and organize your recipes all in one place. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or just getting started in the kitchen, this app is perfect for anyone who wants to streamline their cooking process.

Plus, recipe builder makes it easy to share your recipes with friends and family. So if you’re looking for a way to impress your dinner guests, this is it!

This app offers everything you need to create delicious recipes, including a recipe search engine, a meal planner, and a grocery list feature. Plus, with Chef’s user-friendly interface, you’ll be able to build beautiful recipe books that you can share with friends and family. So what are you waiting for?

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Devouring seafood at the Fethiye Fish Market

The Fethiye fish market is the place where you will find the best restaurants in Fethiye. As well as the tastiest, freshest and cheapest seafood too.

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The Fethiye Fish Market is the perfect place to stock up on fresh seafood. Located in the picturesque harbor, the market offers a wide variety of fish, ranging from common favorites like tuna and salmon to more exotic options like swordfish and lobster. In addition to being a great place to buy seafood, the market is also a popular tourist destination.

Visitors can enjoy watching the fishermen unload their catch, bargaining for the best prices, and sampling some of the fresher-than-fresh seafood on offer. Whether you’re a local looking for a great deal on dinner or a tourist searching for a unique experience, the Fethiye Fish Market is definitely worth a visit.

Seafood and local markets. Two things that we love to devour and explore when we are traveling. Combine the two into one evening at the Fethiye Fish Market, and you have us salivating at the very thought.

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Eating at the Fethiye Fish Market

While we were in Turkey last year for ANZAC Day and our epic Busabout Sail Turkey cruise, we found one of the best restaurants we have ever been to.

We are always on the lookout for excellent food when we travel. And when a recommendation is handed to you from a local at your accommodation, you should listen. Our Fethiye Guesthouse hostel told us that the freshest, tastiest, and cheapest seafood in Fethiye was to be found at the local Fethiye fish market.

We didn’t need much convincing.

Fethiye Fish Markets

We were ready for a giant meal after a crazy and unique Hamam Turkish bath with semi-naked Turkish men.

But finding the local fish markets in Fethiye is just the beginning.

Walking the streets of Fethiye, you wouldn’t realize that tucked away in one of the squares is a fish market. From the outside, the square looks like a regular block of shops. Jewelers, tour companies, and local supermarkets sit side-by-side, hiding the gem inside.

It isn’t until you walk through one of the four arched entrances into the open-aired courtyard that the Fethiye fish market is revealed in all its glory.

Restaurants in Fethiye

Fethiye Fish Market

As you step from under the awnings, your mind begins to piece together the scene in front of your eyes.

Surrounding the square are tables covered with white linen and sparkling dinner sets—each lit from above with paper lanterns.

In the middle of the square sits a brightly lit stand with local fishers jostling together, selling their fresh bounty from that day’s expedition on the Aegean Sea. Each fisher takes up a small shelf of shaved ice piled high with squid, fish, mussels, and prawns.

Fethiye Restaurants

The seafood stand in the middle is where all the action is.

Seeing the confusion spreading across our faces, we were approached by one of the English-speaking waiters. He quickly explained that we were to select and pay for our dinner from any fishermen. They would prepare our seafood to our liking, whether prawns with shells off, chopped calamari, or whole snapper.

We would then bring our bounty in plastic bags back to the restaurant of our choice, where for a measly 6 – 8 Turkish Lira (US$4 – 5), they would cook our seafood. Included in the price was all-you-can-eat salad and bread—a bargain.

Restaurants in Fethiye, Fethiye Fish Market, Fethiye Restaurants, Trip Advisor Fethiye

Strolling around the stand several times, we were waved in with friendly smiles and broken English.

While the fishers were all competing, they were all friends. The mixed banter between them as they enticed us to their stalls was good-natured, and there was a lot of it.

With so many options, it was hard to decide on what we wanted to eat. We were eyeing the sailor-style mussels But as a sucker for calamari, that was immediately diced and thrown into our bag. As well as king prawns, a side of quickly filleted fish, and a couple of pieces of tender salmon.

Restaurants in Fethiye

Handing our bags of fresh seafood over to our waiter, we began downing the local Turkish beer, Efes, and watching as other locals and tourists joined the crowds in the square.

It wasn’t long before we were tucking into our meals. Each plate was perfectly cooked to our specific liking. Each morsel is as succulent as the next. And with 8 of us in our group, there was a lot of sharing and mixing of meals as we all wanted to try what others had.

The Fethiye fish market was the perfect way to finish another incredible day in Fethiye.

What do you think of the Fethiye fish market? Sound amazing?!

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