Living A Life of Travel With A Sensitive Body

Hiking in Kauai

We all have certain things in our lives which bring out our passion, things which we turn to in times of stress. For me, one of those things is traveling - to both new locations and favorites I'll return to over and over again. Something about going places away from home lets me relax and let's my mind run free. This year has been filled to the gills with travel; I've been on the road two to three times per month and while it's been fantastic for my mind - it's been rough on my body. 

The fact is, I have a sensitive body and living a life of travel can be tough on it.

While perhaps my body has always been sensitive, I've become more acutely aware of it over the last ten years as I struggled through all sorts of wild diagnoses on my journey to discovering how to keep my body happy. From multiple food intolerances to a penchant for accidental soft tissue injuries - there are a number of sensitivities I have be conscious of while I'm jumping on and off air planes and in and out of cars.

All that being said, my bottom line is; I'll never let my sensitive body hold me back from traveling. Instead, I find ways to cope and take care of myself while on the road and at home.

In Transit

Regardless of what kind of fabulous meals are promised to me on airplanes - I always, ALWAYS,  pack my own meals. Usually, I even pack enough for two full meals and extra snacks because you never know when you're flight could be delayed or you could get stranded in some middle of nowhere airport. 

On Location

While I do occasionally indulge on my travels, I also make it a point to mainly seek out the same types of foods I would eat at home. Specifically, mostly vegetable based meals with small amounts of gluten free grains, limited amounts of light proteins like fish, and local fruits and nuts for snacks.

In Between Travels

 

Gluten Free on Kauai's East & South Shore

Gluten Free on Kauai's East & South Shore

We stayed in a historic cottage quite a bit off the beaten path on the South Shore of Kauai. All the way past the turn off to Waimea Canyon, in the town of Kekaha. Since we mostly spent our time eating in, we scoured the area for the best gluten free friendly grocery stores, farmers markets, and still stopped by a couple of spots recommended by so many others.

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Trip Video: Alaska's Turnagain Arm

Trip Video: Alaska's Turnagain Arm

When I travel for my less than creative day job, I make it a point to spend at least a little bit of time while off the clock creating. Last week, I was traveling solo in Alaska and had about 6 hours to spare, so I made an attempt at filming my next trip video. If nothing else, I figured it would be good practice - even if I didn't get enough footage to put together a video. With a combination of brand new editing software and some seriously serendipitous timing - I've ended up with some of my favorite shots I've ever taken.

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Trip Video: Long Beach Peninsula

Trip Video: Long Beach Peninsula

Weekend getaways combined with filming a trip video may be my new favorite way to spend a weekend. Even though a long drive can be rough after working all day on Friday - it's wondrous to wake up somewhere new and have an entire day to explore and create. Just a few weeks ago, we woke up in Long Beach, Washington with a full day to spend exploring the Peninsula. There was only one "problem," it was a rather stormy day.

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Stay: Adrift Hotel in Long Beach, Washington

Stay: Adrift Hotel in Long Beach, Washington

Our stay at the Adrift Hotel in Long Beach, Washington was not at all what I was expecting. From the Living Social page I purchased our stay on, to their website, to photos I've seen on other blogs - it was definitely a different experience than I anticipated. Rather than the trendy minimalist boutique hotel I expected - the Adrift Hotel seemed more like an upscale hostel designed for families, fun loving adults, and dogs. 

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Glad I Hiked It: The Kalalau Trail to Hanakapi'ai Beach

Glad I Hiked It: The Kalalau Trail to Hanakapi'ai Beach

I can't even begin to imagine how many blog posts have been written about hiking the Kalalau Trail. In fact, when I was querying the web for tips on hiking in Kauai, all links seemed to lead back to this trail. Clearly, it's considered "the" hike to take on Kauai's Garden Isle. No doubt, the hike has it's fair share of attributes; filled with beautiful views, lush plant life, and isn't too challenging at just four miles round trip.

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#30Maps March 2014: Weeks 1 & 2

#30Maps March 2014: Weeks 1 & 2

 During the month of March I've been participating in a listing exercise called 30 Days of Lists - I've done it twice before and often shared my lists here on the blog. This time around, if you want to learn a little bit more about me through my daily lists, you can check them out on Instagram. In addition to my lists, I've challenged myself to draw 30 maps over the course of the month. 

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Stay: An AirBnb Condo in Princeville, Kauai

Stay: An AirBnb Condo in Princeville, Kauai

When I booked this little Princeville condo, found on AirBnb, I wasn't quite sure how well it would work out for us based on its location. About an hour after arriving and a four minute walk down a tree lined path in our backyard, we found ourselves at this view point - overlooking Anini Beach. Aside from staying directly on the coast, it doesn't get much better than this.

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