Wellness travel… a buzzword that has been floating around the internet and travel sphere this year, but what does it really mean? As I’ve struggled balancing my chronic illness with travel this year, I’ve been thinking a lot about what wellness travel means to me. So often you see wellness travel portrayed as exotic travel to fancy spas, couples massages on the beach, and other luxurious experiences that aren’t necessarily accessible to people like you and me. For me, wellness travel is less about these extravagant experiences, and more about being kind to myself.
Just over a month ago, I was waking up from laparoscopy surgery between the starchy sheets of a Michigan hospital bed. Above the overwhelming nausea and the muzzy anaesthesia brain, I was given my results: endometriosis. Specifically, adhesions and bowel endometriosis
Well, friends, long time no blog! In the grand scheme of things, a three week blogging hiatus is not much, but it felt like it after blogging twice weekly all summer. However this little break was much needed! I’ve got some exciting things planned for this space as we head into November, including a big road trip of Michigan. Over the last three weeks I’ve been recovering from my big (surprise) surgery at the start of the month, and focusing on other areas of my life.
Hey dudes! Can you believe September is gone? As this post is published, I am likely under general anaesthesia, away with the fairies in the hospital! I’ve had a rather last minute surgery scheduled to cap off a month of medical frustration (or maybe, to start a new month?). I chat a bit more about this in the ‘health’ section. But luckily, there were lots of fun things in September to complement my ongoing medical saga.
I realized this week that it has been one year since I graduated from my Master’s program in the UK. That also means it’s been one full year since I left formal education (for the first time since I first entered it 20 years ago). One year since I was set free on the world.
And what have I done in that year? Everything, and nothing, it seems.
August has flown by for me. I feel like I just got back from my trip to the UK and Portugal… but life goes on! I had one trip this month to Mackinac Island… a northern Michigan island I’ve been to four times and loved every time. I have also made some progress with my chronic health condition this month… both within the ‘alternative’ medicine sphere, and the very traditional Western medicine sphere.
When I was in college, one of my friends described my aesthetic as ‘just-finished-teaching-a-yoga-class-chic.’ Well, the ‘chic’ may have been debatable. But for as long as I’ve been dressing myself, I’ve focused on versatile clothes. Yes, something I can wear to teach a yoga class. But I want to also wear it to lunch afterwards, maybe a poetry reading, a flight across the country, a panel on women saving the world, and a buffet-style dinner date. Girl’s gotta eat…#notimefortightwaistbands. Does it sound like I’m describing the best travel pants ever?
For the past few months, those big brother Facebook ads have been serving me up with adverts for a company called ‘Sprinly.’ Curious, I looked them up. Well, props to big brother, Sprinly was right up my alley: A gluten free meal delivery service in the Midwest! (In addition, they are also 100% organic and plant based).
For a long time, I’ve been considering the pros and cons of a travel filter water bottle. Now, I’m not really a spontaneous person when it comes to spending my money on physical products… ask me to zipline across the alps or swim with manatees and I’m your person! But if I’m spending my hard-earned cash on an actual, physical item? I want to make sure it is worth it. A couple months ago I decided I’d done enough research, and bought a travel filter water bottle. After looking through lots of sites, weighing the benefits of each brand, I decided to test out Berkey Sport Water Bottle.