“From Vegas to Athens…” Traveling Abroad With Allergies

Hi everyone! My name is Saverio. I have been a member of YAP for three years, now, and I am allergic to tree nuts.

March Break brings with it numerous opportunities to discover new places, meet new people, and learn about a variety of different cultures. Since I’ll be traveling outside of the country this March Break, I would like to take this opportunity to share some key tips for traveling abroad.

First of all, when choosing a destination, look for hotels or resorts that may be able to accommodate you with your allergy. Do some research, and try calling the hotel that you’re considering to ask them if their rooms are equipped with kitchenettes. Hotels that offer these rooms make me feel the safest, because it allows me to take control over what I am eating and how the food is prepared, eliminating a lot of anxiety.

If you want to eat-out, make sure you talk to the chef directly, helping him or her to understand the severity of your allergy. This can be a little tricky when traveling in countries where there is a language barrier – but try to talk to the chef anyways. Feel-out the situation and decide to eat at the restaurant or not, based on whether you are comfortable eating there.

Airplanes on the runwayIf you are planning to fly, research your airline, and notify them of your allergies well in advance. Ask them if they have any allergy-policies in place. Also, be sure to pack some of your favorite snacks with you before traveling, for a quick and safe snack before and while flying.

Wherever you’re going, don’t forget to bring your auto-injector! It’s a good idea to bring an extra device (or two!) in case you have to use one while you’re away. You might not be able to find a replacement in the country you’re visiting.

From Vegas to Athens, traveling with allergies does not have to be a drag. As long as you follow these simple steps, you are on your way to enjoying a relaxing and safe vacation!

For more helpful tips, check out the Travel section of www.whyriskit.ca and watch our video:

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