About this group
One of the distressing aspects of IBS can be its unpredictability. Many people with the condition report going days, weeks and even months without feeling any real symptoms – then, out of the blue, they flare up again. This can be frustrating enough in day-to-day life; for those considering a holiday or travel abroad, it can start to seem like a real challenge.
But the good news is, thousands of people with IBS do travel, every day. There are a number of internet forums where travellers and holiday-makers with IBS are happy to share their happy experiences, along with their hints and tips. Trip Advisor has a number of message boards (for different locations) that discuss IBS, and younger backpackers may also want to take a look at Gap Year. For general advice on travelling with IBS, a great place to start is the Living with IBS section of the IFFGD website (IFFGD is the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders).
Of course, it’s important to consult your doctor before travelling, and to ensure that you take all of your medication and essentials with you. That way, you can help to free your mind from worry and get busy enjoying yourself. After all, that’s the reason you planned this trip in the first place…
One final thing you can do to put your mind at ease is to take out good travel insurance. You might be asking yourself - 'will my IBS increase my travel insurance cost?' Often the answer is yes - travel insurance for IBS sufferers can be more expensive, as insurers consider people with existing medical conditions to be a 'greater risk' than healthy people.
That is why we started this group - by joining our group you use the collective buying power you share with others who suffer from IBS – to get a better, fairer deal on insurance.