We try not to let severe allergies stop us doing things like flying and travelling but we have to be super-organised by contacting airlines, taking a suitcase of food and staying in self-catering accommodation. To date we have travelled to Europe mostly, including remote mountain huts in Austria. We have hiked in Slovenia, Bulgaria and Croatia, camped in Germany and Switzerland, skied in Italy and holidayed in Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Greece and Turkey. This doesn’t come without anxiety but we try to live our life to the full. Traveling further afield presents further challenges, mostly around long flights and access to safe foods, but we will get around to it in due course.
I was shocked to read the statistic from Allergy UK that 1 in 4 adults suffer from an allergic disease and thought raising money for this cause would resonate with many in my community. I also find the Allergy UK alerts on Twitter and Facebook regarding mislabelled food very useful. Part of my challenge was to get families out and about walking with me in the local countryside that encompasses the Cotswold Way. It was interesting to get to know members of my local community and discover that many also suffered from an allergic disease.