Sometimes, planning a gap year overseas is about more than just expense budgets, itineraries, and figuring out how to keep in touch with loved ones. For some, there are medical hurdles that prevent easy travel, and "backpacking" isn't as simple as it sounds. Luckily, it's still possible.
As someone living with an autoimmune disease, I can say firsthand that yes, you will have to consider other factors when choosing where to go; yes, you will have to make some sacrifices when it comes to "keeping up" with travel companions; and yes, you will have some bad days. But, there's hope -- it's just a matter of being informed and realistic about each day. To help you get on your way to seeing the world despite your pre-existing illness, here are six things to plan for and be aware of if you plan on living abroad with a medical condition.