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I absolutely love the idea of loving travel. Yes, you read that right. I am a homebody through and through. I thrive on consistency and all things familiar. But, this is not to say that I allow myself to be tied down by this desire for stability. Some of the best memories I have to date were made far away from home. But having lived with an eating disorder and now living in recovery from one, traveling is one of the most stressful, yet rewarding, things I can do.

For as long as I can remember I was on the go. Weekends at the lake, trips to the city, annual vacations to Disney World… I did it all. And so even though as an adult I have become much more sensitive to my surroundings and my need to feel comfortable is at an all-time high, there is still that part of me that is fulfilled by exploring new places.

So how do I balance new food, new places, and new people, all while being painfully introverted and remaining in recovery? I wish I had a simple answer to that. But I don’t. I do though, have a few tips and tricks for enjoying your vacay, all while keeping your eating disorder at bay.

1. Get honest with yourself and stop comparing!

2. Support, support, support!

3. Always have a snack handy and schedule time to eat and hydrate!

Long story short, be prepared! Know your triggers, have a support plan in place, and stick to your meal plan. Don’t let a vacation be a chance for you to slip back into old behaviors or exasperate existing ones. Allow traveling to be a chance to use your coping skills and challenge your eating disorder. But most importantly, allow yourself to have fun and relax. Go see all the world has to offer, you’ll be amazed to learn how much there is to enjoy outside of your eating disorder.

Written and contributed by Megan Rose.