10.   Always stop and take advantage of something touristy. The FAAN Walks brought us all across the United States. Allergic Traveler did five Walks in four different states. Not only did we have the opportunity to meet great people, but we got to see something unique to each state.

9.      Always fill your gas tank  before entering the big city. It is amazing the cost difference on the outskirts of town.

8.      Take as many free samples as possible. Whether it was at the hotels or at the Walks, there were always samples available. You never know when they will come in handy while on the road.

7.      Never take I-95 north on a Friday afternoon. Actually this probably goes for I-95 south as well. Getting stuck on the highway at midnight is never my idea of a good time.

6.      Whenever possible stay with friends or relative as they are happy to support you and your adventure. Plus it tends to be cheaper too!

5.       Be careful of credit card clones. While outside of NYC I thought it was weird how many gas pump attendants there were at the gas station. A few weeks later when I got my credit card bill, I had a whole list of charges that were not mine. With my allergies, I can promise you; I do not go to McDonald’s.

 4.      Always pack food. This is important for multiple reasons. First, you never know when you are going to get stuck in traffic. Second, you never know when you will be stuck in the middle of nowhere and you can’t find something allergen friendly.

3.       Always pack your meds. Enough said. You can never have too much Benadryl®

2.       Take everything in twice! My mother always told me to look at everything twice, once for her and once for me. No matter who you are doing this for, it’s a great way to hold onto your memories.

1.       Remember to always enjoy the journey, you never know when you will get back there again.

Author: Tarah Jakubiak

After working for 20 years in the corporate world, Tarah Jakubiak founded Allergic Traveler. Jakubiak, president of Allergic Traveler has traveled the world since the age of two. She has been to 25 countries and 34 states. Jakubiak has been to all inclusives, gone on cruises, gone camping; backpacking through Europe, gone to the big cities, and little hidden gems. She has multiple food allergies but it does not stop her from seeing the world. Jakubiak is allergic to eggs, nuts, mushroom, soy, garlic, corn, sesame, potatoes, celery, shellfish, chicken, pork, peanuts, and many fruits. She is originally from Montreal, Quebec and now lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband.