There's a question I've been asked a lot lately - and it's usually a version of this:
Why are you traveling when you have so many allergies?
That's a really relevant question - and also one that I have found myself asking. I'm quite possibly the worst person to travel - but that also makes me the best person to write travel reviews.
Why? So many of us with allergies and intolerances are afraid to travel - it's a hassle having to think about food, you feel like a burden on restaurant staff and the people you are traveling with, you have to research everything - so often time, we just don't travel.
I don't know about you, but traveling is one of my favourite things in life. Sure, I have dozens and dozens of allergies - but why should that stop me enjoying my life?
One of the other reasons I decided to travel is for you. So many SIL readers come to us for advice on their allergies - from coming to the blog for allergy friendly emails to emails asking me for advice on what to make for a dinner party or how to feed a coeliac friend and suggestions for allergy friendly restaurants and cafes.
Whilst allergies are popping up more and more in the media and people are talking about them more and more - there isn't enough advice.... so I'm going to do my best to provide you with it. Jesse and I plan on traveling - and we also plan on taking you along with us. We are going to give you advice that is real and honest - advice that is so much more than what you'll find in a magazine or on a hotel's website.
You'll be following us around the world, finding out which airlines, hotels, cafes, restaurants, countries are the most accommodating for those with allergies - which will go out of their way to make you feel welcome and make sure you're well, those who care and those you can trust.
But before we head off to Bali, I want you to tell me - what's important to you when it comes to travel reviews? Do you want to know all about the food - the activities - the accommodation?
See more info on my allergies after the jump!
My Allergies: Just incase you don't know about my allergies, I'm not just a coeliac. In addition to being allergic to gluten, I also can't eat; all citrus (oranges/lemons etc), pineapple, all stone fruits (
mango, plums etc), pears, tropical fruits, cruciferous vegetables ( broccoli, cauliflower etc), spicy foods (capsicum, chilli etc), oil/butter (this is an IBS issue not an allergy), olives & olive oil, legumes of any sort, grapes, celery, sulphates and so many other things.
These aren't allergies by choice - I get incredibly, ridiculously sick. Even a crumb of gluten or a drop of lemon juice can make me sick for days. These are serious allergies which mean I have to be really careful with - so I think you'll agree, if anyone is going to do allergy friendly travel reviews, it may as well be me ;P