When I started a blog in 2001, it was travel-oriented. The plan was to keep my family updated and record my experiences as I visited far-flung (and occasionally exotic) destinations like The Philippines, China, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand. I wasn’t yet married and kids weren’t even on my mind. I had been bitten by the travel bug.
Years later, while I was pregnant with my son, I wrote him a letter with all of the things I wanted to show him. Places we’d go, things we’d see, and activities we’d do together. I couldn’t wait to explore the world with him. What I didn’t know was that he’d be born with potentially life threatening food allergies that would throw everything out the window and force me to re-imagine what life might look like. He was initially diagnosed with a dairy allergy, but as he outgrew it we learned that he was also allergic to soy, peanuts, tree nuts and eggs.
Over the past 5 years, we have figured out how to get around most of the obstacles that come up with food allergies. We know how to substitute ingredients, avoid cross-contamination, and prepare for a safe family outing. We have taken family vacations (although haven’t yet tackled international travel with the kids) and our children (now 3 and 5) love exploring new places.
I am thrilled to join Traveling Mom and to be able to share resources, tips, tools and destinations for traveling with food allergies. I know how overwhelming and scary it can be. But I also know that with the right planning, you can have a safe and wonderful time. I hope that you’ll also share your tips and resources. There is plenty we can learn from one another.