On Being Celiac, Getting Glutened, and Traveling

This post is specifically for my fellow celiacs and others out there who, for medical reasons, can’t eat gluten. If you don’t have celiac or a gluten sensitivity, I still encounrage you to read on because current statistics estimate that about 1 in 100 people suffer from celiac. Chances are, somebody you know has this issue and you just might be able to help them out in the future. For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I suffer from celiac disease. I know better than most how hard it is to navigate the world when you have dietary restrictions, and it’s even harder when you’re traveling because you’re away from the things you know are safe to eat and figuring out what you can eat can be a minefield.

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Love them or hate them, the TSA has an amazing Instagram page

Here in the USA (and I’m assuming also among those from other places who have traveled to the USA as well), the TSA has a bit of a reputation for being a disagreeable bunch. Supporters tout their necessity and how they help keep us safe, but the rest of us just feel a little dehumanized when shuffled through airport security while we’re poked, prodded, and questioned on the contents of our snack bags. 

Love them or hate them, however, there is one thing that’s indisputable…the TSA’s social media team is top notch! 

If you haven’t had the chance to check out their Instagram page yet, you’ll be surprised by how…well…delightful it is. 

So, without further adieu, I give you a selection of TSA Instagram posts that made me smile. 

Artistic Inspiration: Elizabeth Marie’s Delightful Sketches

Every now and then, I like to highlight an artist who stokes my love of travel and inspires me to get out there and see a little bit more of the world. Today I wanted to let you know about an artist I discovered on Instagram. Her name is Elizabeth Marie and she does some absolutely beautiful sketches. Based in San Francisco, her work mainly consists of scenes from around her beautiful, iconic city. However, she also has sketches of other areas of the world as well, inspired by her own travels. 

I could go on and on, but I’ll let her work speak for itself…

Spend an Epic Day in La Jolla, California!

If you’re going to be visiting San Diego, California, chances are that one point or another you’re going to end up in La Jolla. It’s known all over for being a beautiful place with awesome things to see and do, so it’s no wonder tourists and locals alike flock to the little beach community of La Jolla whenever the sun is out (and…this is San Diego, so the sun is usually out). If you’re planning on visiting the area and would like to check this awesome town out, you might be wondering just what to do when you get there. I have a few suggestions…

Eating Gluten Free on a Flight

If you’re like me and you have dietary restrictions of any kind, you’ll know the routine of packing your snack bag before a flight. While many airlines do offer special meals to accommodate a number of different dietary restrictions on their long-haul flights, I know from experience that the food you receive may or may not satisfy you. Furthermore, you never know when unexpected delays are going to leave you spending the night in an airport with limited (or no) options for you. I always follow the rule that it’s best to be prepared, and it never fails to be a good decision.

Ojai? Oh, hi!

If you haven’t yet heard of the little town of Ojai, California, you’re in for a treat. Located not too far North of Los Angeles, So Cal people in the know have long been retreating to this chill little hippie paradise, but I hadn’t yet had the chance to visit and had been really wanting to.

Travel Tips for People Who Are Mobility-Challenged

With a little creative thinking and proper preparation, people who use wheelchairs can travel and visit exciting bucket-list locations just the same as anybody else. Depending on where you go, there are scores of outdoor activities everyone can enjoy, like camping or hiking, that are easily accessible. Following these travel tips, wheelchair users and people who are mobility-challenged can arm themselves with the right equipment, preparation and knowledge, making every trip a success.