Connecting diabetic travelers with local volunteers
I've been a local volunteer for the Diabetic Travelers Network for a while now and I'm helping out diabetic travelers who reach out to me and need information about managing diabetes while in New York City, where I live. I'm always happy to share my diabetes-friendly addresses with them, or to help foreigners with pharmacies or hospital information. Besides, it's a good way to meet people for different countries!
Mike, Sweet Trip local volunteerNew York City, USA
"I was scared to arrive alone in Hong Kong for my new job position. I found out about the Diabetic Travelers Network online and registered. They put me in touch with Charlotte, a diabetic Hong Kong resident. I met her on the first day I arrived. She has been extremely helpful and showed me all around town, taking me to her personal diabetes-friendly places and sharing her special tips to live in Hong Kong with diabetes. I don't know how I would have done it without her!"
Marie-Anne, Diabetic TravelerMarseille, France
"I am a local volunteer for the International Diabetic Travelers Network in Costa Rica. Myself type 1 diabetic, I found that community very useful and decided to join 2 years ago. So far, I've met 12 international diabetic travelers who came to my country. Some of them only needed information via email, others preferred to meet in person! I even accommodated Sarah from England for 2 weeks at my place! I think we, as diabetic, NEED to be united and help each other out as much as we can. Sweet Trip is a good way to do it"
Elena, Sweet Trip Local VolunteerSan José, Costa Rica
In 2018, I went on my first solo backpacking trip to Thailand. I was only 18, and quite scared about that adventure. I am a type 1 diabetic and needed to take my insulin for the whole length of my travel: 3 months! The thing I was most scared about was to loose all my insulin... I reached out to Sweet Trip's community and met with Hélène, a French woman living in Bangkok for 12 years. She suggested I leave my stocks of insulin at her place, safe in her fridge. Once a month, I got to Bangkok to get my insulin for the month from hers. That's been very helpful and allowed me to relax and enjoy my travel without worrying about keeping my insulin cold all the time or worst, loosing it!"