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World Travels with Diabetes On Board

3 savvy travelers share trip tips and adventure advice

Are you planning a trip and wondering about the basics of diabetes management while traveling or staying abroad? The experiences of these three savvy travelers, all of whom live with type 1 diabetes, may offer tips and inspiration for taking your own journey! (Check with your diabetes care team if you have questions or concerns about travel while living with diabetes.)

Globe-Trotting with Leighton Rockafellow, Jr.


Travel aficionado Leighton Rockafellow, Jr. was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 14. Today he is well versed in traveling to exotic destinations and has blogged in detail about many of these experiences at ¿HaBLOG Ingles?

As the husband of a professional photographer, Leighton frequently joins his wife on trips. Their longest was a seven-month tour of more than ten countries in South America, Asia and the Mediterranean.


Read and print out Leighton’s tips for traveling abroad for future reference. 

Jet-Setting with Stacey Divone

Air Travel with Diabetes

Lots of people love to travel – seeing new sights and trying new experiences can be both thrilling and rejuvenating. Stacey Divone, a.k.a. The Girl with the Portable Pancreas, shares this passion.

Stacey has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 30 years and takes at least one annual trip abroad. She is a strong advocate for traveling while living with diabetes.

“Try not to let packing and preparing for a vacation with diabetes stress you out,” she advises. “Don’t let it keep you from traveling if possible because if you are able, it’s so worth it.” Read more about Stacey’s suggestions for traveling with diabetes.


Read and print out Stacey’s flying tips for future reference.

Foreign Corresponding with Oren Liebermann

Oren Liebermann

“Adventurous” is a good word to describe broadcast journalist Oren Liebermann. In 2013 Oren and his wife, Cassie, decided to take time off work and explore the world. They traveled to remote places like the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland and the Masai Mara in Kenya.

The couple was having the time of their lives until Liebermann became very thirsty and started to lose weight. They were in Nepal when he received his diagnosis, and returned to the US to learn how to care for type 1 diabetes.

As soon as Oren had regained his strength and had the day-to-day management down, he and Cassie were back on the road.

“I won’t let diabetes limit me,” he says. “I’ve traveled around the world with diabetes, hiked the Inca Trail, spent a night on the Great Wall of China, and many more fun and amazing adventures. To me, diabetes is a nuisance. It is an ever-present nuisance with very serious consequences, but if I take care of my blood sugar levels, I may never have to worry about those consequences.”

Read more about Oren’s tips for life abroad with diabetes.

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Leighton Rockafellow Jr., Stacey Divone and Oren Liebermann received no compensation for this post. All opinions contained in this post reflect those of the interviewees and/or contributors, and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies, or affiliates.

© 2016 The DX: The Diabetes Experience

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  1. C.
    May 2nd, 2016, 2:35 PM

    How do you keep your insulin pen and pen needles with you on the plane when traveling in the U.S.

    1. The DX Editors
      May 3rd, 2016, 2:32 PM

      Thank you for your comment. Please see the DX story Air Travel with Diabetes (http://diabetes.sanofi.us/air-travel-with-diabetes/) which provides resources to the TSA’s procedures and regulations.