Travelling

I have one main ambition in life. To travel. I don’t have any plans other than to save up enough money to travel for as long as I can. Now although a life of permanent travel, adventure and exploration might sound ideal. Sadly it’s not realistic. It’s quite difficult to just pick your feet up, pack a bag and impulsively leave. This is particularly hard if like me you’re an N.A.S. (Nut Allergy Sufferer). The dangers that come with travelling with an allergy are great and unpredictable. This is one of the only things that scares me about travelling and could potentially hold me back. But I won’t let it.

Over the next year or so, you can follow me planning my journey taking into consideration my allergy and trying to deal with it while travelling. On this page and my other blog (http://ourexcusefornotgoingtouni.tumblr.com/), I will be blogging about planning my journey and about the aspects of it that I will have to think about with an allergy.

So to start things off, myself and my girlfriend decided that we wanted to go travelling nearly a year ago when faced with the prospect of either going into further education or getting a job. Neither of us wanted to do either. We both just wanted to travel. When we first decided that we were going to go travelling, one of the first things that hit me was “Oh God, I’m not going to be able to eat anything!”. I had this thought because I knew that going to places like South-East Asia and India would be a nightmare because of the type of food that they eat and the obvious language barrier. Ok so how was I going to get over this? I started brainstorming and thinking of ways that I could combat this issue. Here were some of my original solutions:

  1. Use a translation app on my phone
  2. Stick to simple food
  3. Learn the language

So as you may have guessed, a couple of these are unrealistic. It would be impossible for me to learn every single language that I would need when travelling. I mean, obviously I’m going to learn “Does this have nuts in it?”, “I can’t eat nuts” and “if I eat nuts, i’ll die!” in each language but to learn a new language for each country…No…Just no. Ok so the other options. Use a translation app. I’d like to do this and however convenient they are, I just don’t think that I could put my life in the hands of a bit of software. I mean i’ve heard stories about people driving to their death follow sat nav systems. I’m not going to drive to my death following a translator! Eat simple food. I can do that. Just pretty much live on rice, fruit and simple, easy to prepare, non-complecated food. This is pretty much my only option.

Now however just sticking to simple food might seem like a good idea, and probably is, it still doesn’t comfort me 100%. But anyway I’ll think of some more solutions later…and problems I expect! Anyway keep watching this page to read how I’m getting along. (P.S. your help would be greatly appreciated!)

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6 thoughts on “Travelling

  1. I travel a lot and have since I was a kid. It is one of my greatest joys and it is also why I founded http://www.allergictraveler.net I discovered that not everyone has the same attitude. I feel very fortunate that my parents wanted me traveling from a very early age no matter than I have over 20 allergies, some anaphylaxis. Anyway I do not mean to preach. I hope you enjoy your travels. I am headed to NYC next month and Shanghai in November. Who knows where December will bring me?
    P.S. Please do not rely simply on an app as I have heard stories of cell phones not working, or no coverage when abroad.
    Safe travels!

    • Well to be honest, I’ve been scouring your blog all day! It’s fascinating and it’s just the type of information and advice that I was looking for in starting my blog! I’ll be sure to give you a mention on my travel page because your blog is SUCH a useful tool and I think needs to be seen by more young allergy sufferers. Do you have any more advice for a prospective traveller with an allergy? Because the prospect of upping sticks and travelling with an allergy scares me to death! Thanks for your interest!

  2. Have you been to Poland? I’m from the US & going there next month and I’m trying to find out if nuts or peanuts are common in Polish food. By the way, love your blog!

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