Post # 16
I honestly do not see how planning this exciting and exotic trip is for your husbands birthday. It is clearly something you want not him. Maybe you should rethink the gift altogether.
I am not saying don’t travel ever, but is this really the gift he wants at the time he wants? Especially with a new and difficult diagnosis. Maybe make some smaller trips more locally first and see how it goes. As the person who doesn’t have to suffer the consequences, unfortunately you may have to travel alone in the future.
Post # 17
This is totally do-able. In Europe (I don’t know where you are based) you will find that most places are as or more careful about these things than in the USA. In other countries that is not necessarily the case—but you can carry cards written in the local language with an explanation of your allergy, and you can carry some pre-packaged items with you for emergencies. Also, you can rent apartments or airbnbs and continue to do your own cooking, treating shopping in local markets as part of your traveling experience (my mother always did this when we were growing up as a cost-saving meaure traveling the world with young children.) This is especially do-able if the allergy ruins a few days, but is not life-threatening. Source — just finished some time traveling in China with a celiac and a person with a severe nut allergy.
Post # 18
aae37 : I would have consult with an allergist for immunotherapy/desensitization. I’m not sure how effective it is for gut-mediated intolerances but definitely worth looking into. It can be life changing for those it works for.
Post # 19
aae37 : Sorry to be snarky, OP, but you’re asking for advice about traveling to a “exotic” location with someone who has a “rare” food allergy to a common indgredient. It’s really hard to provide much constructive advice/tips with such vague information. I think you’d get more, and more specific, advice if you provided those two details. Just sayin’.