Diabetic Backpacking

Koh Rong Salmon | Cambodia

So, you are a Diabetic and thinking of going away for an extended amount of time backpacking in parts of the world where the medical advice is - get out asap. Are you crazy!?

Yes? Good, then you are about to have an adventure of a life time and your medical condition is no excuses not to enjoy it to the fullest.

And so it begins

In Dec 2012 Kinga my now wife to be and I decided we had enough of the London grind, to quit our reasonably paid jobs, leave our lovely house, ditch all of our western comforts and stick a finger up to society and travel around Asia for a year.

But, one thing I could not ditch was my Type 1 Diabetes.

How I can help?

Well, I would never call myself an expert in anything, but after travelling for a year you can say I know more than most about the planning needed, the challenges and experiences of backpacking with Type 1 Diabetes.

Quick advice:

Do you reasonably manage your condition now?

Yes: Go | No: Don't go

More advice:

As I travelled I posted articles on this site that I thought would be helpful for other would be Diabetic Backpackers, you can read them all under the tag type1traveller, to get you started here are some posts I recommend:

There are more articles that cover the ups and downs (pun intended) of our trip and the challenges with backpacking with Type 1 Diabetes, you can see them all here: type1traveller

Also I have created documents that can help you calculate how long your medication will last, travel letter translated into mutiple languages, our costs as we travelled and anything else I can think of that will help you plan your trip. You can get access to these by signing up to my . No more than two posts a week, who has time to write more!?

Get in contact

This site was designed to share my experiences with travelling with Type 1 Diabetes to help and inform others. If you have any comments or questions please feel free to contact me using the comment form below on all posts.


Happy travels, Tim & Kinga