What a great interview with Phoebe Howlett, a woman with a chronic illness who aims to travel to every country in the world. Inspiring!!
Four years ago I was told by doctors I would never be healthy to lead a normal life again. With all the luck in the world and a complete change in lifestyle at the time on my part, I am fully healthy. I’m now aiming to travel to every country in the world, telling my story to as many of the younger generation as possible. Yep, being a solo female traveller is a little scary, but zero of this challenge daunts when I compare it to the struggles with my health. To everyone lucky enough to have the choice: take the leap of faith and do what you really want as soon as it is feasible because the opportunity of that choice could be taken away from you in a second.
As someone with Chronic Disease (Panhypopituitarism) and physical disabilities, I have managed to travelled to New Caledonia, Mystery Island, Vanuatu, Fiji (all on a cruise), travelled by plane, train and bus to Kyoto, Japan (twice), via Singapore (airport), Thailand(airport and overnight stay) , travelled for two and a half weeks through Europe (England, Scotland, Ireland and Paris).
I love travelling but it isn’t easy on the body and I fall in a heap when I’m home. Sometimes when I am travelling I may have to cancel some plans so I can have time to rest. I get frustrated at first but realise I have to look after my health or there is no more travelling in my future. As Phoebe stated, hydrating is super important and I always travel with my face mask, head phones and several portable phone chargers. A flat battery means I can’t call an ambulance and get help!