TRAVELING THE WORLD WITH DIABETES

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TRAVELING THE WORLD WITH DIABETES

This group is basically to share photo's and comments of travel destinations we have visited. It doesn't matter if it's a road trip or The Great Wall

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JAMAICA

The above photo is of the Martha Brae River in Jamaica. The Jamaicans used Bamboo Rafts (pictured) in the 1800's to transport banana's from the mountains to the ocean. With in the last 10 to 20 years the Jamaican's decided to make a little $CASH$ and turned it into a tourist excursion. The entire tour takes roughly one hour, if you were to forget a snack, your guide will be more than happy pull over to the side of the river where there are vendors selling all kinds of fresh juices and fruits. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience!

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THE DIABETIC TRAVELER PHOTO AREA

Started by Danny. Last reply by Melitta Aug 12, 2013. 167 Replies

Traveling to Spain

Started by LadyNononoke. Last reply by Vincent Aug 7, 2013. 6 Replies

Dr.'s note while Traveling?

Started by Danny. Last reply by jbowler Oct 7, 2012. 8 Replies

Traveling to India with Type-1

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small towns.

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Flying into & out of MEX with OmniPod?

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glucose monitoring at high altitude

Started by DanK. Last reply by jbowler Jun 1, 2012. 3 Replies

Time Zones

Started by Jackie. Last reply by Oakville27 Apr 10, 2012. 5 Replies

Travel insurance

Started by Olaf R Saugen. Last reply by Lisa L. Jan 31, 2012. 1 Reply

Italy and Greace!

Started by Brandi. Last reply by Brandi Apr 5, 2011. 4 Replies

Traveling with diabetes...

Started by Toni Crebbin. Last reply by Brandi Apr 5, 2011. 18 Replies

Southeast Asia Tips

Started by djl. Last reply by thomas Mar 6, 2011. 2 Replies

Cambodia and Vietnam

Started by djl. Last reply by djl Feb 7, 2011. 3 Replies

Ghana

Started by Leah W. Last reply by Leah W Dec 31, 2010. 6 Replies

driving cross-country!! any tips?

Started by DanK. Last reply by Corinna Dec 28, 2010. 20 Replies

Tell me about your wildest adventures!!!

Started by Courtney. Last reply by Qayoom Dec 17, 2010. 25 Replies

Are there any cruisers out there?

Started by Mike Ratrie. Last reply by thomas Dec 6, 2010. 6 Replies

Backpacking for 1 yr - 6 months SE Asia, 6 months South America!

Started by Kristin Johnson. Last reply by Kristin Johnson Sep 24, 2010. 4 Replies

Anyone do a gap year with D?

Started by Dman. Last reply by Dman Sep 27, 2009. 5 Replies

Backpacking with Type 1

Started by Elizabeth. Last reply by Cash Reynolds Sep 18, 2009. 9 Replies

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Comment by Janice on December 4, 2012 at 3:56pm

Drugs can be hard to come by when you're a t1 diabetic working or travelling through Southeast Asia. I had the opportunity to teach 20 minutes from North Korea and did so for two years. After finishing work, I travelled through Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Japan.

Prior to leaving the country, I first had to get a doctor's note not only listing the prescriptions I was bringing with me, but letting them know that I would be getting renewals for my prescriptions from my parents in Canada. The only thing I didn't bring was insulin and test strips. I immediately went to the pharmacy when I reached Korea for the first time, and luckily, the guy spoke English. He was one of the only English-speaking Koreans I met there. I was able to get my diabetic supplies with him for the duration of my stay.

I think the biggest danger for me was making sure I had sugar on me when I travelled. I encountered a few sugar lows, and unfortunately there were no hospitals, ambulances or anyone who understood what I was going through. I was also in the midst of developing chronic kidney failure, which I found out when I returned to Canada.

When I went to Korea, I had been through alot of trauma in Canada, so I was trying to improve my mental health prior to improving my physical health. I came back a much stronger person mentally, but it take a toll on my physical health. All in all, I thought it was an adventure worth taking.

Comment by Qayoom on October 6, 2012 at 11:16pm

Drugs are not always necessary. Belief in recovery always is. ~Norman Cousins

Comment by Natalie ._c- on September 30, 2012 at 4:25pm

You didn't say whether you are on a pump or shots. On a pump, I would say lower the basal 20%, and check frequently and correct as necessary. And don't set your basals for the new time zone for at least 3 days to give your body time to adjust. But for shots, I don't know.

Comment by Ncraig on September 30, 2012 at 4:02pm

Hi All! Question: I am traveling back to the USA from living in Madrid, Spain. I am recently diagnosed and last time I flew to Madrid, I kept going low. Can anyone off any tips/suggestions for preventing lows while flying on long distance flights? Thanks! : )

Comment by Qayoom on February 4, 2012 at 9:10pm

We are travelers on a Cosmic Journey- stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpool of Infinity. –Buddha

Comment by jrtpup on February 4, 2012 at 4:54pm

Great photo Didi!

Comment by Didi on February 4, 2012 at 4:44pm

The most recent trip I took was in 2010 when I went to Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, and Cancun Mexico. I enjoyed the trip a lot but it was difficult keeping my bg down. The heat kept raising my blood sugar making want to use the restroom a lot. Here is a photo from my trip to Chichen Itza (one of the world wonders). Hope you like it!Chichen Itza

Comment by Natalie ._c- on October 15, 2011 at 7:07pm
Figures you'd have started this group, Danny. I'll post some of my Nepal pictures soon. I don't have as many of the other countries, and they're all old, hard copy. Plus I lost my pictures of Korea, but you know what a blabbermouth I am, so I'll describe stuff too.
Comment by MaiaJane on September 20, 2011 at 12:34am
HELP! I'm leaving for Europe in a couple of weeks, and wanted to check and see if I'd be able to get Freestyle test strips there!!!
My supplier refuses to provide me with a long-term RX (even though I have the prescription from my Endo!) and my reimbursement-style insurance will have a heyday if I order them online....
Any advice?
Comment by Ant97gtr on April 6, 2011 at 8:06pm
Hi all *waves*

After reading the comments below, I can add my experience. I have been lucky enough to travel the world with my diabetes since my diagnosis at age 6. Up until about 7 years ago I never carried a note and never had any problems. That was until I had a stop over in Singapore. As usual I always carry my insulin, pens and testers with me on board. During the baggage screening, before re-boarding the plane, I was pulled up by airport staff, given a grilling and then told that the pilot of the plane would have to 'interview' me and give the ok. I was escorted onto the plane first and the pilot took one look at my D supplies, had a bit of a chuckle and told me to take my seat - hey at least I got first dibs on the over head luggage space :-)

Since then I have carried the letter my endo writes for my racing licence, which has all the info someone would ever need but have never had to use it. With all the other paperwork you normally have to carry I figure its no big deal.
 

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