Some of you may know that I just returned from a trip to the Sunshine state, Florida. We stayed in the Orlando area where there are many, many, different attractions to be seen. As I made my way to and from the airport this past week, it occurred to me that many of you who are also disabled may be afraid or unwilling to take trips or go on vacation due to the mistaken belief that you will be unable to cope with the rigors or traveling. To that end, I have decided to use this installment of my column to share with you some of the traveling tips I have learned in my years of vacationing with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Don’t worry, it’s not impossible – it’s just requires a bit more planning (and maybe some yelling).
The first tip I can impart to you is one that begins before you even plan your trip. You are going to want to vacation somewhere that won’t be a hardship on your illness. For instance, if you suffer from Ulcerative Colitis, it may not be a good idea to plan a trip to India or Thailand. On the whole, the food there contains many more spices than our “bland” chow here in America. Of course, this is just an example, but this is the type of common sense planning I am referring to. If you are a double hip-replacement recipient and you plan a trip to tackle football camp, well, then, it’s your own fault if it doesn’t go well. Knowing your limitations is the golden rule put above all others when going on or enjoying your vacation.