Getting to Know Gluten-Free Globetrotter in 2020

Hello and welcome to Gluten-Free Globetrotter!

I know I have a bunch of new readers and subscribers, so I thought the new year would be a great time to (re)introduce myself to you all.

Baby Gluten-Free Globetrotter

Baby Gluten-Free Globetrotter around my time of diagnosis

My name is Erin Smith and I am a lifelong celiac. I was diagnosed with celiac disease in the 1980s way before “gluten-free” was a trend so I have a unique perspective of growing up gluten-free. I was in the trenches searching for gluten-free food long before it was available on supermarket shelves, before the Internet was invented (yes, I was alive then!), and before many of the national celiac associations even existed. Next year is my 40th anniversary of my celiac diagnosis but until then I am 39 and holding! 🙂

In 2011, I started Gluten-Free Globetrotter after a wonderful solo trip to the Czech Republic. I had my first gluten-free beer on tap at a 100% gluten-free restaurant in Prague and I wanted to shout this news from the rooftops. I knew I wasn’t the only person with celiac disease that wanted to travel the world and so this blog was born.

Gluten-Free Globetrotter 2019

Gluten-Free Globetrotter in the Berkshires 2019

Nine years later, this blog has brought me so much more than I could have ever imagined. I have met wonderful gluten-free travelers from across the globe. I’ve made gluten-free dumplings with the Singapore Celiac group, had gluten-free pastries with fellow celiac travel bloggers in Paris, planned gluten-free vacations for more than twenty families, and spoken at numerous events about how to be a Gluten-Free Globetrotter. The opportunity to connect with and inspire so many others living with celiac disease has been the most rewarding part of this journey.

Five Facts About Gluten-Free Globetrotter

  1. I have been to 3 continents, 23 countries, and 37 states all while being 100% gluten-free and living with celiac disease. You can see a list of my travels with links to posts here.
  2. I drove cross-country twice, once on a southern route and once on a northern route. I have so much sympathy for those with celiac living in the middle of nowhere! I realized on my trips how living in New York City I was spoiled with gluten-free options.
  3. I have shared my Gluten-Free Globetrotter travel tips with over 1,000 people at gluten-free expos and celiac disease national conferences in two countries.
  4. I am a lifelong New Yorker, except for a three year stint living in California. I keep the most updated list of dedicated gluten-free restaurants in NYC on my website.
  5. I am one of the original organizers of the NYC Celiac Meetup group (2005-2015) and hope to get some new events on the calendar soon. I am also the founder of the Santa Cruz (CA) Celiac group.

While 2019 was a slow year for travel but busy in other ways, 2020 promises to get me back into the travel groove. I have a bunch of upcoming blog posts planned for this year as well as some city guides and exciting events in New York City.

What do you want to see from Gluten-Free Globetrotter in 2020?

Never Stop Exploring

My motto for 2020 and always!

 

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2019 Gluten-Free Globetrotter Year in Review

I had this crazy realization over the weekend.

2019 is the first year in my adult life that I did not go on an airplane.

WHAT??? Gluten-Free Globetrotter did not globetrot at all this year? Now, before you go thinking that I lost my travel mojo, I think I have a good excuse.

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It’s About Time…

Gluten-Free Globetrotter Under Construction

Notice anything different?

My blog was looking how I feel most days… OLD.

I worked with a designer on my new logo over a year ago but totally slacked on the website redesign. First, came the second cross-country move in 2.5 years. Then, came the pregnancy and baby. If those aren’t some major changes, I don’t know what is! Life happens, as we know, and this blog slipped.

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Gluten-Free Globetrotter at Nourished Festival New Jersey

Join me on Saturday, October 5th at the Meadowlands Exposition Center for the 2019 Nourished Festival (Formerly the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo). I will be walking the Festival floor all day Saturday looking for delicious gluten-free treats. This year, The Nourished Festival is also adding a paleo and keto section as well as a nut-free section for those with allergies. There should be something yummy for everyone!

Come find me in my Gluten-Free Globetrotter t-shirt on the festival floor or at my talk at 1:30pm on Saturday where I will be sharing my top tips on how to plan your gluten-free vacation.

Nourished Festival

Sat, Oct 5, 2019, 10:00 AM –  3:00 PM
Sun, Oct 6, 2019, 10:00 AM –  3:00 PM

Meadowlands Exposition Center
355 Plaza Drive
Secaucus, NJ 07094

Buy your tickets today! (affiliate link)

 

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Gluten Free Awards Top 30 Gluten Free Influencers of 2019

Gluten-Free Awards Winner

 

I am honored to be named one of the top 30 Gluten Free Influencers in the 10th Annual Gluten Free Awards. These awards are nominated and chosen by readers like you! It is always such a delight to be recognized for my blog and social media. I am in great company with some of my favorite gluten-free bloggers. Thank you to all of you who nominated and voted for me this year and in years past. I appreciate all of you!

Click here to see the complete list of top 30 Gluten Free Influencers.

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