Chronic Travel Bug: A New Series

I am excited to announce a new blog series I’ll be starting called “Chronic Travel Bug.” As I’ve been reading more and more blogs, I have fallen in love with travel blogs. I’ve always loved travel, and I dream of being financially able to see the world. Notice I didn’t say “physically” able – that’s because I will not let my illness stand in the way of travel and adventure!

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Me surfing in Hawaii

For a while now, I’ve had the idea of creating a travel blog specifically aimed at reviewing trips through the lens of traveling with illness. From my research, I believe mine would be the first blog of this nature. However, to make this happen, I will need travel/tourism/adventure agencies to sponsor me. If you have any contacts that you believe may be interested in this new exciting idea, please feel free to link to this post, or send them our infographic:

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For now, I will be writing on my personal travel and adventure. Since I am just starting out, I would love to hear what destinations/activities you have questions about, what you like about the series, and what you would change.

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Me getting my “adventure diver” SCUBA certification at Clearsprings in Texas

I personally suffer from endometriosis, a chronic pain condition, IBS, which affects what I can and shouldn’t eat, and severe anxiety, which can make certain situations very distressing. Not only can I offer a look at travel that accommodates these conditions, but thanks to my fellow bloggers, I am now fairly educated on other conditions, including but not limited to, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity,  Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, POTS or “spaceman’s disease,” Crohn’s and Colitis, and Depression. As I explore, I keep my fellow “spoonies” in mind, and I’ll be sure to point out anything that could cause difficulties or that could be enjoyed despite these conditions.

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Me jet-skiing with my sister in Destin, FL

Our first destination: Anaheim, California, and the Disneyland holiday experience!

This series will consist of three posts: a review of Disneyland, a review of Disney’s California Adventure, and a review of Downtown Disney and the Crowne Plaza, which will also feature “last day” advice on how to soak up those last drops of vacation when you are totally wiped out.

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Ta da! The happiest place on earth, no matter what!

In the days leading up to this trip, I was the sickest I’d been all year. I’d just had two teeth pulled, endo was misbehaving, and I came down with the flu. My fever broke the morning of our flight! I was somewhat worried about traveling, but I was determined. I’d already looked up where we could get a wheelchair if we had to. But one way or another, I WAS GOING TO DISNEYLAND.

So, what do you think? Are you excited?

“Let the adventure begin!”

– The Daily Park Opening Ceremony at California Adventure

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8 thoughts on “Chronic Travel Bug: A New Series

  1. Rachel – Funny you should mention Disneyland. We are a five hour drive from there. My daughter is taking her three little ones there next month. Her mother-in-law is also going. I want to go but the whole situation with fragrances inside the park is one thing (that I might be able to manage) but staying in a hotel is quite another thing. There is the possibility of going and sleeping in my back seat in the hotel parking lot but that is not the best idea (It is ok when they are camping and I can relieve myself outside somewhere if needed in the middle of the night but not in a parking lot). I am seriously going to look into some type of toy hauler that has nothing in it and will allow a small air conditioner and my air mattress for future adventures.

    I am excited about this series. It will be nice to see adventures and then the rest of us can chime in on what would/would not work from particular “invisible illness” standpoint. Good for you! Great idea!

    1. Hey – I’m so excited to hear that this info is useful to someone so soon! I hope the first installment was helpful and please feel free to ask me any other questions you have.

      The hotel issue is a head scratcher though… I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a hotel that was chemical-free (business idea?) but I like the box idea actually. Kind of like a little fort! I know that the Florida location offers camping, but I suppose that has mold risks maybe? I wish I knew more! You may try contacting Disney and asking if they have any idea if there’s a chemically safe place for you to stay. I found that their staff is extremely polite and if they don’t know the answers, they WILL get you connected with someone who does. It’s worth a shot! They’re really nice people. 🙂

  2. I love travel blogs! Now that I’m chronically I’ll I don’t travel very well and love to live vicariously through those who do! I especially love to hear about your adventures, especially as someone with health challenges as well. I look forward to reading more!

    1. All this is happening too fast for me to go this round. I am going to check hotels in the future there. Still waiting for a decent day for drive to go look at the toy travel type of things that may be able to convert to sleeping quarters.

    2. I am quickly becoming totally addicted to travel blogs. Probably a big part of why I committed to traveling myself – though it isn’t easy! But I hope you enjoy living vicariously through my adventure, and I hope it inspires you to take your own adventure. 🙂

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