My name is Erin Smith and I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 1981 so I grew up on a gluten-free diet in a gluten-filled world. As an adult, I have become extremely involved with the Celiac community, both online and in person. I started the blog Gluten-Free Fun in 2007 as a way to show the world that being gluten-free has not stopped me from living my life. In addition to my blog, I run the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup group. This is a social group where members can get together to enjoy gluten-free meals, share food recommendations and recipes, as well as learn from one another. Through both my blog, my leadership of the Meetup group, and my community advocacy, I encourage others to not allow their lives to be limited by Celiac Disease but to thrive as both a Celiac and as an individual.
In 2005, I was itching to move beyond my cubicle at a publishing company in New York City. I wanted to travel and started reaching out to friends and family to join me. I quickly realized that all of my friends were either getting married or having babies or were just plain broke from their partying lifestyles in The Big Apple. I was financially set to take a vacation but was struggling with the daunting prospect of traveling alone. After thinking it over for a couple of weeks, many late nights in the office, and encouragement from my mother, I took the plunge and booked my first solo vacation to Arizona to see the Grand Canyon, one of my dream locations. I was scared, excited, nervous, and thinking I was just plain stupid for going on vacation alone. In reality, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Now, 9 years later with many solo vacations under my belt I am excited to continue sharing Gluten-Free Globetrotter with the world. I hope this website is both a guide to traveling on a gluten-free diet as well as motivation for those with Celiac Disease to get up and live their lives and not be scared of anything. Yes, being gluten-free can be a very daunting life experience but I encourage you to embrace your gluten-freeness and not limit yourself. If only one person is inspired by this website to step outside of their comfort zone and to do something as simple as try a new restaurant or something as radical as backpacking through Asia, then I will have completed my task.
Thank you for reading Gluten-Free Globetrotter and enjoy. Please keep in touch and tell me about your travels.
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