It’s just realistic to expect that this can happen and will be a tough situation. Therefore, always have a backup plan or two in mind. For example, as gluten-free dining options may be scarce, always be on the look out for a grocery store or market near your hotel, or ask for the nearest one when you check in. This can be a lifesaver in tough situations. You’ll typically be able to find something you can eat at a store, particularly natural, unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables, and nuts which can be stored in your hotel using a portable cooler if necessary. Stop by a market and purchase foods that you can have at your hotel in case any of your dining adventures leave you hungry.
If reading a menu is too complicated and frustrating, ask if they can make you something special that includes ingredients and foods from the menu you can eat. While experiencing a variety of dining options is part of the fun in traveling, be prepared and willing to revisit restaurants more than once if you know they can cater to your needs.
Bottom line: Psychologically prepare yourself for possible encounters with language barriers. By being open to this expectation, you can become proactive and look for alternative plans that can get you out of difficult situations.