Hi Pat! Sounds like a great vacation! I am a lot like Rosie when it comes to the sun and I hope you can recover quickly from the traveling and the sun. It is very easy to misjudge these things but I am finding that I get better and better at protecting myself the longer I am sick. This whole thing ends up being trial and error. We just need to learn from our mistakes.
Since my diagnosis, I try to buy everything with SPF (moisturizer, make-up, powder, AND suntan lotion - if they would add SPF to perfume I'd probably buy it, too!) and just layer it on each morning no matter what my plans for the day. That way I can do whatever comes up. Hats, umbrellas, long sleeve blouses or jackets or coats, no shorts for me anymore (capris are the shortest pant I wear now), or the longer dresses or skirts are now my preferred way of dressing and accessorizing. It took awhile for all this to evovle but it has all come together for me now and it seems to work. I rarely get that flu-like feeling or general "sick" feeling from the sun. I used to end up with incredible fatigue for the next few days, too, so it is definitely worth it to modify my "style" to avoid that yucky feeling.
Then, after you get it all reorganized, you can go on vacation and not have to think about
all the details of avoiding the sun and have fun! I still haven't solved all the other "crappy" stuff, though! I suppose if someone ever does they will become famous and, maybe, very wealthy! Anyway, I hope you can rest and feel better very, very soon!
Lupus and RA and LOTS of Medications!