Travelling Despite Having Health Issues
Since my life is based around travelling to different places around the world in a wheelchair. I wanted to reach and out and get other people’s experiences travelling with a health condition. So in this blog post I have collaborated with a few fellow female travel bloggers, who are also travelling despite having health issues.
First up is ‘Alayna’ – Depression.
I, like so many of us nowadays, suffered from chronic depression and anxiety for the better part of a decade. My depression nearly took my life – but travelling gave it back to me.
My true passion is travel and I have wanted to explore the world for as long as I can remember. I decided to give up my miserable, mundane 9-5 existence to pursue a life teaching English in Thailand. Now this decision was not without hesitation. My crippling anxiety filled me with “what ifs and buts”; my low self-esteem said “you’ll never make it on your own”; and my depression was like “I’m tired, let’s go back to bed for a nap”. But my motto is ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ and despite all of this, I booked a one-way ticket to Thailand and have never looked back!
This past year and a half have been the best of my life. I have had the most amazing adventures, met incredible friends and became the person I was destined to be. Going somewhere new and different gave me a ‘new and different’ perspective on life. In fact, while I have been travelling, I have completely come off my anti-depressants and am proud to say that I have actually BEAT my depression…and if I can do it, you can too!
Depression held me back for so long; do NOT let it do the same to you! If you are thinking about travelling or moving abroad, do it – NOW!!! Stop thinking about it and go book that plane ticket! You ARE strong enough, you ARE brave enough and everything WILL work out, I promise! Travel changes your life and I would encourage anyone to experience all that this beautiful world has to offer.
The Lonely Traveller
Next up is ‘Jem’ – Depression.
Depression can be a curse, it can be an isolating and lonely illness. So when I decided to pack up and head across the world to the UK people were surprised. I think most of them thought that I wouldn’t board the plane. But I did and it is one of the things that I am most proud of. Sitting in the boarding lounge, waiting for the plane was one of the most terrifying moments I ever had.
Travelling with depression caused me to miss out on some opportunities that I would have otherwise taken up, but in saying that, I tried to make the most of my time overseas. I learned a lot about myself, my illness and the world around me. I came back to New Zealand with more confidence in myself and a stronger sense of self. Even if you live with depression, I would recommend boarding that plane, no matter how scary it feels. Be kind to yourself, if you need a breather, take it. If you need some time out, don’t be afraid to take time out. Some days I couldn’t get out of bed, I was lonely and wanted to come home. But I stuck it out and it got better, so much better that I didn’t want to come home again. Now I am itching to jump on another plane and explore more of this beautiful world we call home.
Lastly meet ‘Meldrumsonthemove’
When I was pregnant I was diagnosed with SPD. This is a pretty general term for pain in the pubic bone which usually disappears after pregnancy… mine did not. I was in constant pain which ended up with me seeing a whole lot of doctors on a regular basis. I was diagnosed with hyper-mobility by the physiotherapist and a year later x-rays confirmed I had arthritis in my pubic bone and both hips – ouch! This means I am usually in pain all day, and it is made worse by walking, exercising or doing simply things like holding my son. I have never let it stop my passion for travel and actually it has helped push me to do things I would not try at home. I walk more, see more and play with my son as much as possible because I know I will only get worse, so why not enjoy life right now before I really become restricted?!
Blog Post: https://www.meldrumsonthemove.com/travelling-with-hypermobility-bearable/
All of these inspiring stories are awesome to read and they remind us to never take our health for granted and to say yes (more) to new opportunities that get offered to us in life.
I hope you have enjoyed reading these stories! ~
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