I have a lot going on, a lot I’d like to do. So we are going to return to our general travel tips.
The people who are writing this article are saying that you should get travel insurance. Personally I’m rather skeptical of travel insurance. I think they have a lot of fine print.
They say that they get most of their foreign currency from ATMs. They don’t say anything about how much they are charged for that. I’m embarrassed to say that I am not sure where the best exchange rates would be. I’m pretty sure that my brother, when he was dating his now wife in Guatemala, would go to their bank. But obviously he was close to some of the locals.
I’m going to be honest and say that I was not feeling well yesterday and that is why I worked with little enthusiasm. I just wanted to get something done. Hopefully today will be better.
When you travel, you really want to adjust to their time as quickly as you can. You are there either for work, which means you don’t want to be late for meetings, or for pleasure, which means you want to make the most of your time.
Are you wondering about the cheapest way to get around a city? It’s usually by bus. Check the specific place you are going just to make sure, but a bus is usually your best bet.
However, buses usually take a while to get you where you want to go. You want to weigh out your options
And now for the fun. This time is for you to do whatever you want whenever you feel like it. So do you want to sleep in? Go for it? Do you want to eat the junk you never allow yourself or your family? Do it.
They may be doing a little indulging themselves. I know that when Mom left, we were more likely to eat junk food and watch movies.
Another major decision you will have to make concerning your trip is where you will stay on your trip. Do you want to stay at a nice resort where you will be pampered at every turn? Are you looking to pinch pennies wherever you can? Or do you want to stay where no one can ask anything from you?
A huge question to think through is how everything will be managed while you are away? Who is going to keep your kids? How are they going to eat? Who will get them from here to there?
I know that this was a huge consideration whenever Mom got to take a break. I was, I am, someone who basically needs 24/7 care. I mean, I can do what I want on my computer. Someone does not have to be right there with me, and I’m very grateful for tha, but someone does have to be in the house. Who can lift me? Who can feed me? Sometimes just one person did the majority of the work. Sometimes it was a group
It is rare that moms get to go away. It’s probably even rarer than special needs moms to get away. But let’s say that you are given this opportunity to go away, how do you plan? That’s what we are going to talk about today and probably tomorrow as well.
The goal of most vacations is to make everyone else happy. But when you get to go away by yourself, you kinda want to get an idea of what you would like to do. Do you want to just sleep and binge your favorite shows? Do you want to eat great food?
How long do you have? That’s always the question? I’m sure you have been a set time that you will be gone. So are you going to drive somewhere or do you want to fly? Are you going to have just two or three days? Personally I would think you would want to drive for something that short.
I said that when you are planning a trip that you want to consider your special needs child’s interests. That does not mean that EVERYTHING has to be about that child. You will want to consider your own interests as well. You may want to consider taking a friend that will help with the special needs child.
You want to take some time to relax yourself. I know you don’t get enough rest in your normal life. Take time to do things that you enjoy, that refresh you.
You also want to take time to be with your other children. Give them time to enjoy you. And try to enjoy a date or two with your husband.
A lot of our vacations have to do with water, don’t theyI? We often go to the beach or to the lake or on a cruise. You might be surprised at just how refreshing it is for someone who doesn’t get to move around much to get in the water. Please make sure that your special needs child can get in the water. I use one of those old orange life jackets that has something that goes behind your neck and over your chest. That’s how I float on my back. But my favorite way to swim is to stand in an innertube and actually feel like I am walking. It is great fun and also makes it so that I can hear the conversations happening.
Unless you’re going to deepest darkest Africa or somewhere like that, you are going to have access to stores and such. You probably won’t want to forget any prescriptions. Other than that, it’s pretty easy to get anything that you need at the store.
A lot of cruises have kids’ clubs. And many of them will allow special needs kids in. It will depend on your child’s needs whether an adult will have to accompany them. I have seen a lot of cruises do not want their staff changing diapers of kids over three or feeding them.
You want to bring their favorite toys. Bring snacks that they enjoy that are also not a big mess.