Traveling with Lupus

When I was 20 years old, I was diagnosed with Lupus. Over the next 10 years, I lived in denial suppressing it and pushing through with life. Living with a chronic illness requires you to make intense adjustments to your everyday life, and if I wanted to continue traveling, I’d have to own it and do what works for me. The following tips have truly helped me

Tips for Traveling Abroad with a Nut Allergy

I've traveled to 28 countries, including many that would be considered high-risk for someone with a peanut allergy, and I've lived to tell the tale. Through trial and many errors, I've learned how to minimize the risks of traveling abroad with a nut allergy. Don't let your nut allergy stop you from seeing the world!Here are vital tips for traveling abroad with a nut allergy:

A Traveler's Guide to Self Care Before, During, & After a Trip

Self care is about nurturing your mind, body, and soul. It essentially comes down to doing what makes you feel good and balanced. At first glance, it may seem that talking about "self care" and travel is unnecessary. After all, travel can be viewed as a form of self care (it is definitely a way I nurture my soul). However, a lot of time, energy, and money goes into trip planning and trips themselves. Practicing self care is vital to be able to mentally and physically enjoy traveling. Here are my go-to self care practices that I treat myself to before, during, and after traveling:

4 Must-Have Essential Oils For Your First-Aid Kit

During your travels have you ever experienced any of the following: jet lag, nausea, itchy mosquito bites, muscle aches and pain, headache, respiratory infections/common cold, or the bubble guts aka. the preclude to diarrhea? If you haven't, please tell me your secrets! However, I'm confident that most of us have experienced these health issues while traveling. While we can grab over-the-counter medicine, Mother Nature provides us with natural remedies that give immediate relief to the above health issues and many more.

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling the World (Part I)

As much as I LOVE traveling, it can take a toll on your body. Jet lag, exposure to sick people (i.e. bacteria circulating through the plane's A/C), environmental toxins, even breaking out of your normal routine - all can mess with your health and ruin your precious vacation. Unfortunately, I have been sick while abroad more times that I would like, from recurring flu-like symptoms when I was studying in South Africa to stomach viruses in Thailand, and a few things in between. Fortunately, from being sick so many times, I've learned essential strategies to help you stay healthy during your travels (things that I've gotten better at over the years). I'll go over these strategies in a 3-part series in the upcoming weeks.