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Erin Smith was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 1981, so she has been eating gluten-free almost her entire life. Erin has a unique perspective of growing up in the gluten-free community. She is passionate about sharing her experiences and gluten-free expertise with others. Erin has embraced her Celiac Disease diagnosis and lives her gluten-free life to the fullest.
Through my two blogs Gluten-Free Fun and Gluten-Free Globetrotter, I have connected with thousands of individuals across the globe. My social media channels for both blogs are quite active, but Instagram and Facebook have the most engagement.
I'm declaring 🌊BLUE🌊 as the official color of Nice, France. Blue skies, blue sea, the most amazing colors you have ever seen. It's gorgeous here. 💙💙 #ilovenice #nicefrance #cotedazur #traveling #travel #glutenfreeglobetrotter #travelingwithceliac #50shadesofblue #blue #sky #blueskies #mediterraneansea #frenchriviera
Bonjour de Nice 🇫🇷 Hello from France! I still can't believe I am here. I had not been out of the country since November 2018 so it seems surreal for me to be in Europe right now. I've missed travel so much. This city is gorgeous and I think my eyes and my brain have been yearning for views like these. I felt so stuck in my Brooklyn bubble due to the pandemic so this is a very welcome refresh to my soul. I can't wait to explore the beautiful seaside and old village today. #glutenfreeglobetrotter #glutenfreetravel #travelingwithceliac #celiactravel #travelblogger #traveling #travel #cotedazur #nice #france #sansgluten
After dropping a ton of clues, a number of you figured out about my upcoming trip to France. Traveling internationally these days is quite different since COVID restrictions vary greatly from country to country. I have been getting a ton of questions of what is required to travel to France, so I put together a brief guide. (link in bio) ⠀ ⠀ Please note, this guide is updated as of September 15th and things are changing EVERY DAY so be sure to do your research. Also keep in mind that every country in the EU has different restrictions right now. Some are only letting in vaccinated tourists, some are letting in unvaccinated tourists who are required to a mandatory quarantine. Some are still under lockdown. It varies greatly as do fines for disobeying the country's COVID rules. Be sure to check on your destination location. It is your responsibility⠀ ⠀ You can read my whole post on my blog. Link in bio. Here are the highlights of how I am preparing to travel to France.⠀ ⠀ ❗️❗️❗️GET FULLY VACCINATED.❗️❗️❗️⠀ ❗️❗️❗️GET FULLY VACCINATED.❗️❗️❗️⠀ ❗️❗️❗️GET FULLY VACCINATED.❗️❗️❗️ (sorry, but I can't say this enough) ⠀ Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).⠀ Apply for the France COVID certificate.⠀ Complete the French Certificate of International Travel.⠀ Pack your documents in your carry-on bag.⠀ ⠀ Usually the gluten-free food planning is the more challenging part of my trip, but applying for and finally receiving my French Pass Sanitaire was a huge relief. ⠀ ⠀ Follow along here for updates from my travels coming soon.⠀ ⠀ --⠀ #glutenfreeglobetrotter #glutenfreetravel #travelingduringcovid #howtotravel #travelingglutenfree #gftravel #celiactravel #traveltips #travelblogger #travelingwithceliac #travelingwithatoddler #internationaltravel
9/11/2001. Twenty years later I have started and stopped this post so many times today. I really don't have the words to describe the emotions I'm feeling. 20 years ago today, I was super excited to go to work. It was my one year anniversary of my first job out of college. I caught the 7:29am train to Manhattan just like every day without knowing what was to come. I got my coffee and I settled into my work day. By 9:00 a.m., I had friends instant messaging me to ask me if I was okay. By 9:30, we knew something was seriously wrong. My co-workers and I gathered on the fire escape of our Union Square office and watched in horror as those towers burned. I went to my desk to try to call my family again. Making calls was nearly impossible and I was so thankful to have AIM and email. When I came back to the fire escape, one of the towers was gone. It was impossible to believe. I didn't understand how the building was gone. Just gone. To this day, it is difficult to make sense of what happened that day. Tonight, as I noticed the tribute of lights shining through the backyards on our street, I couldn't help but to get choked up. I honestly cannot believe it has been 20 years. Sometimes it feels like just yesterday, when I was standing and watching a terrible event unfold before my eyes. Sometimes I feel like kids today have no idea what a tragic event it was and how it impacted millions of people. From the outfit I was wearing, to the blisters on my feet from walking 50+ blocks, to the sounds of sirens all night long as I stayed at my aunt's apartment, to the burning smell that surrounded the city for weeks after, and to the 1000s of missing persons posters that were plastered across the street from my office in Union Square Park. I will never forget any of these things. To those who lost their lives and gave their lives that day, I promise to never let you be forgotten, at least not in my world. #september11 #911 #remember
T-SHIRT SALE!!!⠀ ⠀ I have been trying to declutter my home and I found a stash of my most popular GF Alphabet t-shirts. I have only 8 t-shirts left so I am selling these at the lowest price ever. $15 includes s/h to US customers.⠀ ⠀ 3 small⠀ 2 medium⠀ 3 XL⠀ ⠀ Without being too obvious, you can proudly display your gluten-freedom across your chest. These t-shirts are quite the conversation starter! Show off your gluten-freeness in a unique way. ⠀ ⠀ If you are interested in a shirt, please DM me with your email address and I will get back to you in the order I receive your messages.⠀ ⠀ #glutenfree #celiac #glutenfreesale #celiacadvocate #glutenfreetshirt #tshirtsale #glutenfreeliving #glutenfreelifestyle #celiacdisease #celiacwarrior #glutenfreelife #glutenfreefood
I was recently interviewed by Annika Dhariwal, founder of @glutenfreejio , for her webinar series featuring gluten-free and celiac experts from across the globe. I was very honored to share my experience of growing up with celiac disease with her audience and the history behind Gluten-Free Globetrotter. We talked about celiac disease as a child, traveling the world, and differences between India and the United States. It was a very interesting conversation. I would love for you to take a listen. Link in bio! #glutenfree #celiac #celiacdisease #celiacadvocate #coeliac #glutenfreeliving #glutenfreetravel #webinar #glutenfreeliving #travelingwithceliac#celiacstory #sharingmysyory
The world feels very heavy these days. Let's all share a little kindness with one another. I was so excited to discover this new @jasonnaylor mural on my street in Greenpoint today. The positive message and the bright colors are exactly what I need right now. #greenpointers #brooklyn #mural #kindness #greenpoint #streetart #murals #muralart #art #wallart#nyc #nycart #streetphotography #color
Hi. I'm Erin aka Gluten-Free Globetrotter. I am a lifelong celiac and world traveler that's been feeling a bit lost in this social media world lately. I started this account to share my passion for travel and experience of living with celiac disease for 40 years. With a pandemic, catastrophic weather events, humanitarian crises, and so much more looming over the entire world, it doesn't always feel right to share travel tips or my gluten-free food pictures. This account and my blogs have always been about helping people, plain and simple. I don't do it for the influencer "fame" or for monetization, although I might do it for the free GF cookies sometimes 😉. I realized that just because I am not posting regularly about GF travel doesn't mean that I am not helping someone in their celiac journey. You never know who is looking for that one connection with someone else living with this disease. I want to be there to help! So with that said, I am still here. I miss this community dearly and hope to do better at reconnecting. I know I am not alone in this lost, pandemic-fatigue feeling. If you want to chat, my DMs are always open. For those of you who are new, welcome. For those who have been here a while, hello friend! Be well and thanks for being here. #glutenfreeglobetrotter #realtalk #pandemicfatigue #glutenfreetravel #travelingwithceliac #celiactravel #celiacadvocate #celiac #travelblogger #glutenfreetraveler #celiacdisease #livingwithceliac #wegonominee #celiaclife
It's been just over a year since I moved back to Brooklyn... a bit spontaneously in the middle of the pandemic. I am thankful every day for our neighborhood, the friends we've made, and our little backyard oasis. It is weird to think that you can have a small town feeling in the middle of NYC, but we have found it here in Greenpoint. While I always considered myself a ride-or-die Astoria Queens girl, I really do love it here. #Brooklyn #spreadlove #greenpoint #community #nyc #NYCstrong #brooklynvibes #greenpointers
📣COUPON GIVEAWAY!📣 I did a major cleaning of my desk today and came across a ton of coupons for gluten-free items and I want to share with YOU!! We all know how expensive GF food can be, so I'm happy to share these discounts. The brands vary greatly and there are some big ticket coupons (FREE!) Super simple to enter⬇️ 1. Follow me @glutenfreeglobetrotter 2. Tag a friend, tag yourself. One tag per comment. 3. Two winners will be chosen on Aug 13, 10pm ET. This giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram. US entries only. #glutenfreefriends #glutenfree #glutenfreefood #celiac #celiacadvocate #giveaway #glutenfreegiveaway #glutenfreeliving
This view > my mood Today I'm having all the emotions about this pandemic. Anger, sadness, rage, jealousy, anxiety, sorrow, and basically just sick and damn tired of the spread of this disease. Anyone else feeling this extreme pandemic fatigue? At least I had this view on my walk tonight. #getvaccinated #getvaxxed #covid_19 #iwanttoseemyfamily #fuckcovid19 #nyc #skyline
Admiring my favorite city with my favorite boy. When my son sees a picture of a new place on tv, in a magazine, or even on a screensaver on my laptop, he has started saying "I want to go there, momma." Yes, little one, me too. And we will go everywhere! 💙🤍 -- #glutenfreeglobetrotter #glutenfreetravel #traveling #travelingwithtoddlers #wanderlust #manhattan #longislandcity #lic #nyc #skyline #clouds #nycphotographer #momandson #son #travelblogger #travelexperience #gooutside #travel #celiac
How is it three weeks already since I was eating this gluten-free burger and fries in Disney Springs?? Time is really flying by this summer. After arriving in FL with a killer headache (first flight in 17 months + lack of water = ouch), I headed directly to Disney Springs. My time in FL was super quick so I wanted to make sure I got out to see what every I could in a short time. I didn't have a car but there are overpasses that took me directly from my hotel to Disney Springs. Based on your recommendations, I went to @raglanroadpub for dinner. It was packed so I sat at the bar after only waiting about 5 minutes. I was really impressed with the table waiting system in Disney. You basically can walk up, give your name and number, and they will text you when your table is ready. You can also make reservations ahead of time using OpenTable. Thanks @chefaudreyb for the tip! Most of you recommended fish and chips but I was really craving a burger and fries. I was a bit nervous ordering gluten-free food from the bartender but she did an awesome job and even brought over her food manager to tell me what they could make gluten-free. I opted for no bun since I knew I would have fries. I did have to wait a bit for my food, but I didn't mind. The server reiterated "gluten allergy" when he brought my food. We know celiac is not an allergy, but I will take that language if they means they are taking my request seriously. I only dined out twice while in Disney Springs but both times the staff did an amazing job with accommodating gluten-free. I devoured the fries and burger almost immediately. I swear there is a burger under there somewhere! Another perk of Raglan Road was the live Irish music and step dancing. I didn't realize how much I missed live music during the pandemic until I saw the musicians on stage. It was so much fun. More Disney dinner posts to come! #glutenfreedisney #glutenfreeglobetrotter #glutenfreedisneysprings #glutenfreetravel #travelglutenfree #glutenfreetraveler #glutenfreetraveling #travelingwithceliac #celiactravel #celiac #glutenfree #celiacdisease #glutenfreeblogger #glutenfreefood #glutenfreeeating
Today was absolutely perfect! We took the ferry from Brooklyn to Governors Island. The weather was probably the best of the summer so far which made for a gorgeous day. Governors Island is a 172-acre island in New York Harbor, within the New York City borough of Manhattan. It is located approximately 800 yards south of Manhattan Island, and is separated from Brooklyn to the east by the 400-yard-wide Buttermilk Channel. The sweeping views of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, New Jersey, and Brooklyn are postcard perfect from just about every angle. There are a few food trucks on the island but I figured it was safest to pack a gluten-free sandwich in case I couldn't find anything to eat. We had a lovely picnic and listened to live music. If you are visiting NYC, add this island to your itinerary. It's just a super quick ferry ride from lower Manhattan. #glutenfreeglobetrotter #nyc #governorsisland #manhattan #touristinmyowncity #exploremore #traveling #travelexperience #traveler #travelblogger #glutenfreetravel #travelglutenfree #summer2021 #summerinthecity #summer #gooutside
I am beyond honored to announce I have been nominated for multiple awards in the 10th Annual WEGO Health Awards including “Advocating for Another,” “Lifetime Achievement Award” and “Best Team Performance.” This is an especially meaningful nomination since I have been involved with @wegohealth for more than 10 years now! WEGO Health is a patient advocate network that helps to connect the healthcare industry with patient influencers as well as the online patient community. I have been sharing my celiac disease experience and advocacy through the WEGO Health network through online posts, clinical trial recruitment, Twitter chats, and more for over a decade. I’ve connected with so many other patient advocates who are speaking out for a number of chronic illnesses. It has been especially interesting to see the parallels between our patient communities, even if our diseases are quite different. Now that I have been nominated, I need YOUR help with an endorsement. Your endorsement is a way to give nominees a visual show of support. Think of it as a way to give a shout-out or virtual hug. If my advocacy efforts for celiac disease have positively impacted you over the years, I kindly ask for your endorsement. It is all of you that keep me moving forward with my blog, social media, and community events. If I can help just one person, then it is totally worth it. I don’t want anyone in the celiac disease world to feel alone. Endorsements are only open for four more days! How to endorse: Visit my WEGO Health profile page: https://www.wegohealth.com/ErinSmith/awards (link in bio) Click on Endorse This Patient Leader. Tap on award you wish to endorse. THAT’S IT! Thank you all for your continued support, for reading my blog, for leaving me comments, and your overall encouragement over the years. It is all of YOU that keep me going. #glutenfreeglobetrotter #celiac #celiacadvocate #celiacdisease #patientleader #wegohealthawards #coeliac #celiaclife #glutenfree #glutenfreeliving #glutenfreeforlife #celiacaward #nominee