About Me

Hi! I’m Laura.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

My new husband and I are on the best honeymoon we can possibly image—we’ve quit our jobs and are traveling for a full year. We started on March 31, 2015. As a Type 1 diabetic, I have the added challenge of managing my disease while living out of a backpack. This blog is meant to capture my experience both planning for and enjoying our trip, all with T1 diabetes. I hope to show that traveling long-term with this chronic disease can be done.

I am traveling with my insulin pump (OmniPod), Continuous Glucose Monitor or CGM (Dexcom), and back up needles, lancets, alcohol swabs, etc.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m nervous! What happens if my supplies aren’t shipped to me in time? What if they get hung up in customs? What if I get robbed (which has happened to me before)? What if my insulin pump breaks down? What happens if I go low and can’t access food in a rural setting? I hope to not answer of these questions in a year’s time, but imagine I will at least answer some.

For some further background, you can read about my diabetes diagnosis here, and about the genesis of our trip plan here.

Besides insulin and travel, the other loves of my life include: Boston, Philadelphia, coffee, wine, photography and running. If you have any questions, you can reach me directly at laura@diabetictraveler.org.

Our Itinerary

South America, April 1 – June 11, 2015

We started in Quito, Ecuador and traveling down the western coast of South America.

Africa, July 6 – September 23, 2015

We started in Windhoek,Namibia and are traveling around the coast of southern and eastern Africa, ending with gorilla trekking in Rwanda.

Europe, September 24 – October 15, 2015

We spent a few weeks enjoying the wine, cheese and other culinary delights of Spain and France.

Asia, October 16, 2015 – February 16, 2016

We started in China, and then worked our way through Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia.

Zealandia, February 17 – March 8, 2016

We wrapped up our RTW trip road-tripping through New Zealand, from Queenstown to Auckland.

 

In summary, our trip looked like this:

 

Lastly, if you haven’t guess so far, I love travel. Here’s where I’ve been so far.

 

6 comments

  1. Peter & Laura:
    Wow. The pictures from Quito and the Galapagos are amazing. Churches can be some of the most beautiful buildings but that basilica was in a class of its own. Of all the pictures in the Galapagos, the one that was the most interesting was the one of the crab. I’ve never seen anything like that!!! I’ll be anxiously waiting for more posts.

  2. Barbara Sanoudis

    Those sea lions were certainly curious about you. I especially like the one that nibbled on your flipper.

  3. Hi there,

    I’m editor for Insulin Nation, and we love featuring stories about travel with Type 1 diabetes. If you would like to contribute posts about your journey, please take a look at our writer guidelines and contact me:

    http://insulinnation.com/about/writer-guidelines/

    Thanks and safe travels,
    Craig

  4. I love this blog! I write about my own Type 1 diabetes travels on my blog… but I must admit I haven’t been bold enough to go to Africa yet. I’ll be reading your stories.

    Right now I’m working in Osaka, Japan (to raise money for my next trip). Let me know if you guys are able to include Japan in your Asia leg, we can get together and share stories!

    Stay safe — and between 70 and 130 :)
    Jeremy

    1. Hi Jeremy! I’m so glad you found my blog. I was looking for sites like yours when I started planning for my current trip, and I’ve definitely bookmarking your blog 😉

      Africa — at least Southern Africa where I’ve been — has been remarkably good as far as food choices. I’ve found many low-carb options, and overall it’s been a lot better than I expected.

      We’ll be approaching Asia at the end of the year, and I amy pick your brain on carb counting then.

      Congrats on 30 years – that’s impressive!

      1. …and counting 😉

        Let me know if you need any tips when you get to Asia. I’ll do what I can!

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