I just saw on the news today that cruise ships have very poor air quality, and can especially cause problems for people with heart or lung condition such as asthma:
I personally won't go on airplanes with their current pet policies, since both my son and I have dander allergies snd my dander allergies are so severe they cause life-threatening asthma attacks and the worsening of a severe chronic allergic disease that affects all my organs (lungs, heart, intestines, as well as blood vessels). Taking medications to try and pretreat is not a viable option for me as they may cover up symptoms but do not stop inflammatory blood cells from causing long-term inflammation and damage, which would require very harsh medications with bad side effects to get the disease under control again. Dander is difficult to get rid of and travels widely in the air, on clothing, and on upholstery inside places– so any enclosed space animals regularly reside or visit is not a safe place for me.
Hotels can be pet-friendly, and ones that asvertise as such, I avoid. I understand some are required by law to allow service animals– that is a problem for me. I have heard of calling ahead to "No pets allowed" hotels to make sure you are not kept near a service animal or in a room a service snimal was previously in. I also try to go only to places without carpet, or that are not really old (reduces chances of mold and dust irritants). I have had good experiences at
-Farfield Inns: they were Service Animals only,( I did not see any on my 4 day stay), and I did not have any irritating scents. It was clean. I did bring my air purifier, own comforter and pillows.
Thank goodness I have a car for transportation!!!
I drive to travel. It is the best mode of transportation for my son and I.
For leisure activities, I have fun browsing bookstores. Older libraries can harbor lots of dust and scents that librarians spray on them bother me. Plus I have seen dogs in my libraries. Our bookstore of choice is
-No pets allowed. Service Animals Only. And I don't typically see people trying to abuse the policy inside. Barnes and Nobles are Pet-friendly now, so those with dander allergies/allergic asthma could get flared up from going inside them.
Our Grocery of Choice is
-does not allow animals in carts, has signage and enforces its No Pets or ESE animals, Service Animals Only. Very clean inside without major smells or irritating fragrances.
-CVS, (at least the ones Ive been to) No pets, Service Aninals Only. I did see a person with a new puppy and informed the manager and they were very kind in responding right away and informing the person the puppy could not be there, it is store policy, and that dander can irritate people with serious health conditions.
I decided to create this topic as a place people can discuss ways they travel safely, as well as leisure activities that they are able to do safely, and shopping places as well. Also, to note activities or places that are not asthma or allergy friendly.
I know we all have different triggers, so each person might have a different safe place, which is totally fine! Just note whatever you like, don't like, and if you notice something about a place that might bother others, you can add that in, but mostly it is just a place for us to reflect on activities and places in our communities.