Planning to go on holiday abroad this summer? Here’s a new project that should be of interest to any of you traveling with diabetes: Sweet Trip’s Travel Guides specially designed by and for people with diabetes!
My name is Laura. I’m a French 29-years-old travel addict. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when I came back from traveling in South East Asia in 2015.
By that time, I had already visited 20+ countries and planned to keep on doing so my whole life. What a shock when the diagnosis came…
One of the first questions I asked the doctors from my hospital bed in Paris was if I would still be able to travel as much as I’d like. Picture my face when they told me that it was not advisable, or at least not alone, and not in “unstable” countries. Did I have to rethink my whole life and find something else to do and be excited about? I surely wouldn’t be able to accept that idea.
Two months after the diagnosis, I went to Georgia with my friend and my backpack, to try and see what it would be like to travel to an unknown country with my new condition.
Before departure, I looked for a lot of information on the Internet about how to manage my diabetes in that country. I remember writing an email to the national Georgian Diabetes Organisation to ask them about where to find insulin, what to eat over there, and a few more questions. But no one was able to provide me with valuable, concrete information about that specific country.
And then I realized that It was the same for any other country. The internet is full of general tips and information for traveling with diabetes, but no one really tells you what to eat in Indonesia, how to see a doctor in Mexico, or where to find your insulin in Italy.
The month I spent in Georgia gave me time to think about it, while I was teaching myself how to travel with diabetes. By the time I got back to France, I came to these 3 clear conclusions:
- Diabetes poses no barrier to travel
- It only requires a bit of preplanning and organizing
- I am going to seize that opportunity and create what I think can help others: travel guides specially designed for people with diabetes.
And that’s how the Sweet Trip project was born!
I quit my job as a Human Rights Lawyer and jumped into this new exciting adventure, with my boyfriend, our laptops, and our backpacks!
A year later, Sweet Trip is here and our first travel guides are now published and available for anyone who needs them!
So, what’s inside these travel guides exactly?
We try to provide the most valuable and precise country-specific information to anyone who’s traveling with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Following the 3 cornerstones of diabetes-management, our guides are organized into 3 different chapters:
Local traditional food, carbs, and nutrition
We encourage any traveler to discover traditional food and explore local gastronomy by ranking the most typical dishes, desserts, and drinks, using a special “carbometer”. It gives you an idea about the most diabetes-friendly dishes you can find at your destination and how to balance out your local meals in the best and tastiest manner.
We provide tips, nutritional info, local vocabulary to order and eat what you like, healthy addresses and, of course, plenty of curious cultural facts and tantalizing pictures!
Medical and healthcare system information
In this chapter, we focus on providing you with all the necessary information to quickly deal with any diabetes-related medical mishap during your stay. You’ll find everything about local medical services, diabetology, pharmacies, and laboratories. And it comes with plenty of useful addresses, a medical dictionary to help you communicate with medical staff (even if you don’t speak a word of their language), and local support and tips to travel in that specific destination with diabetes.
Active tourism to keep lowering your blood sugar levels while on holiday
Here, we’re taking you on walking and cycling discovery tours of your destination. Staying fit and exercising, even on holidays, is probably the best way to manage your diabetes. And what’s a better opportunity to exercise than discovering a new city?
Plenty of walking and cycling itineraries (from 30 minutes to a full day) will take you to the most interesting sites, and are illustrated with detailed maps, data sheets, and large-scale pictures. It’s also full of compelling cultural facts that you won’t find in regular travel guides!
Where can you get sweet trip’s travel guides?
All of our guides are downloadable on our website: www.sweettrip.org in both PDF and EPUB format (compatible with any of your devices). Paper versions are soon going to be available soon!
As a reader of Diabetes Strong, you’re entitled to a 25% discount on any of our guides. You simply need to use the discount code DIABETESSTRONG when checking out (the offer is valid until August 31st, 2018)
If your next holiday destination is not yet available, don’t hesitate to write us an email and ask for your destination of choice: we’ll cover it if demand is high! ([email protected]).
Have a Sweet Trip 🙂