Hello beautiful world!
We are Eric and Emily (Ene) and we would like to welcome you to Living Leashless!
Together, we want to help you achieve your travel goals, whether you are someone with diabetes looking for information about buying supplies in a different country, or how to pack insulin for backpacking through the desert, we will provide you real life experiences of what works best. Or if you are someone who is passionate about travel with some questions, we want to help you break free from the leashes that are holding you back from your dreams!
I am Eric, the large E and diabetic half of the E&e duo. By trade, I am a registered dietitian which was developed from my love for food and health. By life I am a professional diabetic. I’ve heard that it takes 15 years of consistent practice to be a professional at something, and if this is the case then I’ve been a professional diabetic for 4 years. All my life I would hear doubting remarks like “is it possible for you to backpack in the woods for a week?”, or “ you can’t eat that cake!”. These were mostly out of loving concern and curiosity, but instead listening to these doubts and giving up on myself before I even started you know what I did? ATE THAT CAKE! Because I carb counted, gave myself the correct amount of insulin, and used portion control, I have been able to maintain great control throughout my cake eating years. I don’t regularly pound down cake all the time, but it goes to show that I do not let diabetes stop me from doing anything.
People would react similarly when I would tell them my dreams of long term travel, with much support but also a lot of doubt. This is entirely understandable because traveling consecutively for an entire year is a daunting and what I wanted to do. Along with much support, I was met with a lot of doubt. Understandably, traveling for an entire year around the world with type 1 diabetes is a daunting and seemingly impossibly goal. But just like eating cake, with a LOT of planning, preparation, and help from others, I can travel and eat my cake too! (To see how we have planned and packed for this year, check out the type 1 travel tab, not necessarily how much cake I eat.)
I believe that my passion for travel was born from my inherently restless nature. To the dismay of my poor parents and sister I was a kid of constant movement who never sat down or stopped moving, and this has carried into my adult life where I constantly seek change and new environments. But the best part about moving to new places, is opening up the possibly of learning and experiencing new cultures, tasting new food, and stepping outside of my cultural comfort zone. My goal is to gain a deeper appreciation for life different from my own and understand the beauty of diversity.
Follow along this journey with us as we learn, grow, and share our experiences of traveling with type 1 diabetes on a budget!
Emily – aka Emy
Im pretty sure every single person who will initially come across this post already knows me, but to all my new friends – Hello!! I’m Emily, the little “e” of the two of us. I am a lover of life and greatly prefer to be called Emy. Im here because I passionately love this world and meeting as much of it as I can, and I genuinely want to help others do the same! So we created this space for sharing and helping, and since I’m not always the best at replying to messages, I can answer questions even when I’m sleeping 😉
So lets just start now why don’t we! One of the questions I get the most are directed toward – Why??
Well, the seed was always there, I was born with a curious heart and an insatiable since of wander. But it wasn’t until later in my life that that seed really took root. And then I ran with it.
I didn’t want to wait. It wasn’t necessarily because of my impatience, although I have to admit I can be impatient sometimes, it was the place my life had took me two and the people I was surrounded with that fueled my fire. My profession is in the medical field, and I mainly work with the geriatric population which surrounded me by people who had pretty much written story. These people we’re coming to the end of their lifetime and had to experienced pretty much everything that they would be able to. These people were wise, and full of advice and life lessons for people my age. I loved working with this population because of what they taught me, I always thought they helped me way more than I could ever imagine helping them. In the years that I worked with these people in their “golden years “there was one thing they always said, don’t wait.
Countless times I have been told to just go, do, see the world, or whatever you love! These people told me their stories about how they worked so hard while they were young to save their money; to travel the world and live their dreams after they retire, only to find out they are bound to their location because of medical issues, health issues, or possibly financial issues. I have heard “I wish I would’ve” and “if I could go back in time” so many times it was ingrained in me to jump on every opportunity possible. These people were happy people, some of them wouldn’t of changed one thing in their life, but they still had wish list that would probably never be filled because they are now traveling in a wheelchair with dialysis three days a week, A life they had never dreamt for their 60s, A life they didn’t have control over just like the rest of us.
These stories were fuel to my fire! I had a burning desire to experience every culture I could. I wanted my eyes to be opened to other beliefs, spices, landscapes and people. I have never owned a TV and will always choose experiences and being present as my classroom. I truly believe emerging yourself into other cultures is the best way to learn and come away with an increased ability to relate to others.
Just think if we all put an effort into meeting people from other cultures and learning why they are the way they are, there would be no war, no racism and no hate. This is the greatest perspective to have, to look at people for more than you see on the news and rumors you hear. I wanted this. So I Started putting away all of my fears and excuses and started figuring out how to make it happen. I started putting on my free time into doing what I love and living a life that I love and it is one of the best decisions I have made! And now, I want to pass it on, and help everyone live a life they love as well! So let’s go! And don’t let your dreams stay dreams.