Somehow, I missed my own blog anniversary. I had just gotten back from another trip to Portland, Oregon and was busy packing for Madison, Wisconsin. In the midst of Gluten-Free Globetrotting, I missed this major milestone!
On May 1, 2011, Gluten-Free Globetrotter was born shortly after I returned from Prague, Czech Republic. While I was in Prague, I was inspired to share my gluten-free travel stories with others. I was VERY far from home in a country where the language was about as different from English that I had ever experienced in my travels. Despite the distance and the language barriers, I navigated Prague and the Czech countryside with gluten-free ease. I was in my 33rd year of life with 30 years of living gluten-free under my belt. If I could travel with Celiac Disease anyone could!
In the past three years, this blog has grown into something I couldn’t have imagined three years ago. I have published 143 posts, have received hundreds of reader comments, have connected with so many of you via email, Twitter, Facebook, and even in person. I have joined an international traveling celiac/coeliac community that I could never have dreamed of when I first launched Gluten-Free Globetrotter. I was interviewed by publications in the United States, Spain and Argentina. I have featured guest blog posts from Beirut, Buenos Aires, Amsterdam, Japan, and many more exciting places I have not yet traveled myself. I have traveled to five additional countries and added two new continents (see all of my travels here) to my travelogue. I have met many of you at my speaking engagements across the Northeast United States, excited that so many of you share my passion for travel while living with Celiac Disease. I really cannot express my gratitude for your support, readership, and travel stories. They mean the world to me! 🙂
As I look ahead for Gluten-Free Globetrotter, there are a lot of exciting things in the works. A major redesign of the blog is coming! The content will continue to document my travels, gluten-free travel tips, and your guest blog posts, but will also include more resources to help you with your gluten-free travels. I am planning more gluten-free group trips such as my Gluten-Free Gourmet Retreat at Good Commons. I also have a big project I have been brainstorming for a while and I am moving forward with that as well. Details to come. I encourage you to stay tuned, continue leaving your awesome comments, and travel the world while thriving with Celiac.
Thank you for all of your support of Gluten-Free Globetrotter over the past few years. Here’s to many more gluten-free travel years ahead for all of us!