My internship finished up last week, so I felt it fitting to head back to the beach before school starts… a little rest and relaxation, the calm before the storm.
I brought a few friends with me and it’s the first time I’ve been to Hilton Head without my family! It brings a new perspective to vacationing on the island.
When we went out to eat these past few nights, I caught myself saying the same thing to the waiter each meal. “I have a nut and shellfish allergy. This is the item I am looking to get. I don’t think it should be an issue because I’ve eaten here many times before, but can you check with the chef?” This is something that I say often that comes naturally to me! I didn’t think anything of it until the waiter at my restaurant last night was so nervous at the mention of the allergies. It was almost a comfort for him to hear I’d eaten at the restaurant prior. (All in all, it turned out to be a great and safe meal.)
This new perspective made me ponder about anxiety with foods when traveling. I am fortunate to travel Hilton Head year after year because I am less anxious about the restaurants and food. It feels more like I am at home, which is such a good thing! Compared to other traveling across the world, traveling to a familiar destination seems so easy. My comfort levels seem so much higher. There is the constant battle of wanting to explore and try new things versus having some classic safe options to revisit each vacation. Although I never let my guard down when it comes to my food allergies, my confidence soars when I’m able to take friends to my favorite restaurants over 500 miles away from home.
This is just one of the reasons why my heart loves Hilton Head.