Hi everyone and welcome to Gluten-Free Globetrotter.
My name is Erin Smith and I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 1981, so I have been eating gluten-free almost my entire life. I have a unique perspective of growing up in the gluten-free community. I am passionate about sharing my experiences and gluten-free expertise with others. I have embraced my Celiac Disease diagnosis and live my gluten-free life to the fullest.
I wrote my first gluten-free website Gluten-Free Fun from 2007-2019. On my website, I take an upbeat approach to living gluten-free just as I do in my life. My website has honest product reviews, restaurant suggestions, general tips and more about not only living, but thriving with Celiac Disease. While I am not active on that blog anymore, you can find me on Twitter, Facebook, and most active on Instagram
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, 15 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.
As someone living with Celiac Disease for more than thirty years, all of my travels have always been gluten-free. I’ve been to 37 states, 23 countries, 3 continents, and always 100% gluten-free!
When I am not gluten-free globetrotting, I am a strong advocate for the celiac community. I was the lead organizer of the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup group, a social community of people with Celiac Disease and gluten intolerances, more than than ten years. Under my leadership, the group held more than 350 events and grew to more than 2,000 members. During this time, the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup group became the largest gluten-free Meetup group in the world! I moved to Santa Santa Cruz, California in 2016 where I started the Santa Cruz Celiacs. Upon moving back to NYC in 2018, I returned to organizing events for the Celiac Meetup group.
Thank you for reading Gluten-Free Globetrotter and enjoy. Please keep in touch and tell me about your travels.
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