Traveling tips after having a stroke

Traveling as a Stroke Survivor may seem overwhelming, but here are some traveling tips to make it all less stressful and more fun. I’ve compiled these from my own experiences. I hope you find these traveling tips after having a stroke to be helpful.

Talk to your doctor

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This is a first for everything for us Stroke Survivors. But it’s true for most others as well. Make sure you’re healthy for travel and have all the required/recommended vaccines for your destination. Or, if you have significant anxiety about the flight, your doctor may be able to prescribe something to help. Keep in mind, however, getting up to walk around will help your circulation, so you don’t want to be passed out the entire flight.

Wear compression Socks

Compressions socks are essentially knee high socks with varied level of tightness. They help to increase the blood flow in your lower legs, ultimately reducing the risk of blood clots and swollen feet from flying. These bad boys are helpful for anyone on a long haul flight, but particularly important for Stroke Survivors.

Try a hooded neck pillow

hooded neck pillow

This gem was the direct result of a Buzzfeed list, and I have zero regrets. I got one for both myself and my fiance. The neck pillow part is inflatable, so while you’re not on the plane it doesn’t take up too much space in your luggage (like a memory foam version would). International flights are ALWAYS cold, so the hood really helps with that. And it also helps with blocking out light. Plus, the extra layer to help block out sound all make for a good snooze. text amazon link

Communicate with whoever you’re traveling with

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Let everyone you’re traveling with know your limits. Can you only walk a certain amount before needing breaks? Do you generally hit full fatigue by 5pm and need to settle in for the night? Do stairs need to be limited? Can you not horseback ride or ride rollercoasters? All of these things are perfectly fine to voice, and if you voice them ahead of the trip everyone will *hopefully* be aligned to avoid any tension and frustration.

Make a Plan


We all hope you don’t need one. But you do need a plan no matter what.

Educate EVERYONE you’re traveling with on the signs to watch for that would indicate they need to call for help. Also, have a plan ahead of time for how that should be executed. Make sure everyone has that plan. Include phone numbers and ways to contact key people.

Buy Travel Insurance

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All booked? Congrats! Now make sure to research and purchase travel insurance if you’re planning a trip that if you had to miss wouldn’t throw thousands of dollars out the window.

Travel insurance definitely put my mind at ease for my first international trip post stroke. I still had a daily fear that I could experience another stroke.

Travel insurance is good for all sorts of reasons beyond the biggest and scariest. My sister sprained her ankle very badly just days before her honeymoon, but didn’t have trip insurance! Incase something comes up where you can’t travel at all, you’ll be able to cancel and not have wasted all that money.

Review your medical coverage

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Be prepared should you need to see a doctor or go to hospital. Know how your medical coverage works when you travel. The phone call is well worth it!

Pack a Pill Box

Have your pills in a daily pill box so that you’re sure to take the medicine you need, even though your schedule may have shifted with time zone changes. The visual answer of “did I take my meds?” is very helpful.

Walk around

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Airplane seats can keep you very still and crammed. Get up and walk around! I typically add to this and walk back towards the bathrooms when it’s not crowded and do some stretching. This will help with circulation and nerves.

I hope you found these traveling tips after having a stroke to be helpful. Now go out and book! Considering a stay at an AirBnb? Check out my thoughts on having the best AirBnb experience.

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Tips for Staying at AirBnbs in a Foreign Country

My coworker is taking his family to Poland this summer and asked me about staying at AirBnbs in a foreign country. I almost exclusively stay at AirBnbs while traveling overseas, so I had a lot to say! I realized I should write it down to share with everyone!

New to AirBnb? Use my link to sign up for Airbnb and get $40 off your first home booking. Plus you’ll get $15 to use toward an experience worth $50 or more. While I’m not sponsored by Airbnb for this post, after you complete your first stay I may get up to a $30 travel credit if you’ve used my link. But overall, I generally believe its one of the best ways to travel abroad.

Why stay at an AirBnb abroad

First, why even consider staying at an AirBnb while you’re abroad? Here’s why I love to book a local’s space.


When traveling abroad you typically go on longer trips with big adventurous days! At some point you need downtime, and its so nice to have a proper living room to sprawl out in to do just that.


italian market. pasta and tomatoes.
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I love shopping local markets and cooking a meal “at home”. I really feel like a local. Plus, its typically cheaper and makes for a significant memory. Even if you just grab breakfast items from the local grocery, its so nice to have that time saved.


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If you’re able to do laundry you can pack much lighter! When traveling abroad you’re typically gone quite awhile, and renting a place with laundry means you can lug a lot less around – but not smell!

Live like a local

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It’s likely you’ll be more of a neighborhood spot instead of a hotel & shopping center. This enriches the experience for me to step into a part of the city that locals spend their time, and not just where tourists are corralled.

Get local tips

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If you rent an entire place, or stay with a host you’re likely to get better advice on what to see than any travel guide.

Unique design

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The space you rent will likely have unique design that tells a lot about the local culture.

Tips for Staying in an AirBnb Abroad

Staying at AirBnbs in a Foreign Country can produce a multitude of issues and anxieties. Here are some tips to make sure your stay at an AirBnb isn’t one.

Coordinated check in

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  • My first time abroad I didn’t have any cell service except wifi. I thought I had all my check in info figured out until I actually went to find the place. Now I either make sure I know EVERYTHING about getting to and into the unit, and if possible I pick hosts that offer entry with a digital key lock.

Tell your host a window for your arrival time

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It’s okay to give a window for your arrival time. This gives you time tp explore a bit and pop into a shop or cafe on your way without too much worry.

Bring small change for local hospitality taxes

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When a home or flat is rented out for short term rental they still pay hospitality taxes that are collected on top of your Booking (or sometimes its included). Don’t worry, this request is likely legitimate. Read more about how Airbnb handles hospitality taxes here.

Book with a Superhost


Superhosts are experienced hosts who provide a shining example for other hosts, and extraordinary experiences for their guests. Once a host reaches Superhost status, a badge  will automatically appear on their listing and profile to help you identify them.”

Airbnb checks Superhosts’ activity four times a year, to ensure that the program highlights the people who are most dedicated to providing outstanding hospitality.

Search for English-Speaking Hosts

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Search by English-Speaking Hosts – (or whatever your preferred language is). This is super helpful if you don’t speak the native language. This is under “more filters” and then “host language.” This helps with not just with communication while there, but also with questions ahead of time and coordinating your arrival.

Read the reviews!

This one should go without saying. Its internet purchasing 101. But the details reviews offer PLUS the response that hosts have are extremely informative. For one stay I recently had in Carmel I found out that our host was being dinged for road noise. I live in a big city so I knew this wouldn’t bother me, and it clarified why the place was such an amazing deal!

Download the area to use offline

Having data and cell service abroad can be very expensive, and also unreliable. Make sure to have the area downloaded so you don’t need to use any service to see where you are or which direction is “home.” Here’s how to download areas to use offline. Pro tip, save the address of your stay as a starred item. 🙂

Check out the the Luxe options

Luxe Airbnb home

Some homes are so gorgeous and unique that they’ve been titled as Luxe! See some Luxe homes. In certain areas Luxe homes are surprisingly affordable if you can rally a group!

Save Money on your first booking!

Use my link to sign up for Airbnb and get $40 off your first home booking. Plus you’ll get $15 to use toward an experience worth $50 or more. While I’m not sponsored by Airbnb for this post, after you complete your first stay I may get up to a $30 travel credit if you’ve used my link. But overall, I generally believe its one of the best ways to travel abroad. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed these tips and will have a great time staying at AirBnbs in a Foreign Country.

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