Travel with Fibromyalgia: Tips to Make Your Vacation a Pleasure Instead of a Pain
Vacations are the time when we are all supposed to relax- but traveling with Fibromyalgia can bring about pain, exhaustion, irritability and so much stress that when you get home you need a vacation to recover from your vacation! What can you do to minimize the impact of your impending trip? People with fibromyalgia don’t have to deny themselves the pleasures of travel. With careful planning and preparation, you can craft a vacation that takes into account fibromyalgia fatigue and pain, rather than become a prisoner of it.
Use these guidelines to help you plan wisely:
- Avoid tour groups. You want to be able to travel at your own pace in case fibromyalgia fatigue strikes. Don’t choose a vacation that will force you to try and keep up with a group of people.
- Consider your physical limitations. Avoid destinations that will require more walking or hiking than you are able to do because of fibromyalgia fatigue. When staying at a hotel, make sure to get a ground-floor room and ask if there is concierge service to get your bags to the room.
- Think local. If this is your first trip after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you might want to visit someplace near home to cut down on exhausting travel time.
- Just relax. You might find a trip to a hot spring or spa resort the ideal destination. You can relax at the resort, soaking in a hot tub, while your traveling companions can sightsee as they like.
For 5 simple ideas for travel with Fibromyalgia well in spite of pain, watch “Fibromyalgia: 5 Tips for Traveling Like a Pro in Spite of Pain” featuring Jenni Prokopy, a woman living with the pain and exhaustion of fibromyalgia. Despite her condition, Jenni needs to travel many times throughout the year and, in this video, shares her favorite tips for traveling well.