You should know that by law, hotels are required to accommodate you. Is your child in a wheelchair? Are they going to need wider doors and accessible bathrooms? Might you need higher locks to make you feel better knowing that your child is less likely to escape? Call the hotel and let them know what you need.
If you are flying, you are also going to want to get in touch with the airline ahead of time to figure out what you may need as far as accommodations. Are you going to need one of those transport chairs?
I know I’ve kind of taken a break from talking about special needs travel. Let’s get back to that today. Travel can be a lot of fun, it can also be stressful. It can be especially stressful when you are traveling with a special needs child.
The first thing you’ll want to know is that when you’re traveling with a special needs child, you probably don’t want to decide to take off one Friday afternoon and go wherever you feel like it. Traveling with a special needs child is going to take time to plan, especially at first.
You will want to figure out where you should go, which places should work best for your special needs child? The good news for you is that a lot of places, at least most places in the States, are going to be accessible..
Do you want to do an amusement park? Again, you are going to be surprised by how many places are going to be accessible. But Disney might be your best bet.
We are going to get back to our discussion about the Norwegian Prima.. Are you always going on cruises and are getting tired of the same food? You will be pleased to know that they have nine new restaurants on board this ship. They will have things like a Mediterranean seafood restaurant, a grill where you serve yourself, and even one of your main dining rooms is going to have some spectacular views. Of course, I didn’t name all of the new restaurants that they have.
So besides eating, what can you do? Well, they have a racetrack. The one on this ship is the largest of their fleet. They also have a great water park. This will be fun for the whole family.
Are you dreaming of going on a big cruise this coming summer?? Maybe your family has decided that it is time for a big family gathering, and you want to do something where EVERYONE can relax. A cruise is perfect for this because you will have everything you’ll need on the ship… Everyone will be able to choose their room, that’s how they figure out how much to charge. Everyone will be able to eat on the ship. They also have all kinds of fun things that you can do.
Today we are going to look at Norwegian’s Prima. This is the first of a new class of ships for Norwegian, and there are going to be five more ships that will be built in this class.
On this ship, even the interior rooms, which are the least expensive, are going to be roomy and luxurious. Your family might be able to book rooms all together which will give you one place to gather..
A lot of hotels will give you free breakfasts. You may have to pay a little more to get this.. However, it may be worth it to be able to know that breakfast is there. You won’t have to figure out what to do each morning. You might want to go take a cooking class.
Learn to cook the foods that you’ve fallen in love with. When is the best time to visit the attractions that you want to see?? It is either right when they open or right before they close.
You want to bring a first aid kit. Bring band-aids. Bring some simple medicines.
People do not do everything the same way. And this is especially true when you’re talking about people in different countries. Learn to appreciate the differences.
People used to to buy all of these expensive guidebooks when they were planning to travel. There’s no need to do that anymore. Just look up all of your questions online.
If you are going to be in a country for more than ten days, you may want to get into getting a SIM card.. This is something you put into your phone so you can make calls. I know you will be able to buy these in the airport. You may also want to look into international plans for your phone to figure out which is the least expensive way to go.
Live in the moment when you are traveling. You want to make the most of your time while you are wherever you are. You don’t want to waste your trip thinking about your past or your future.
It is always good to check on whether you can drink the water in the country you are visiting. Often you will find that it is not. Don’t worry, you will find bottled water pretty much anywhere you want to go.
We are going to get into more traveling tips. I know that we’ve been over this before, but you do not want to plan every minute of the trips you take. You don’t know what you might find as you’re exploring. Take time to get to know the people. They may be able to give you some excellent recommendations, better than any websites.
You probably want to wear sunscreen whenever you leave your hotel or whatever. When you’re traveling, life can get busy and unpredictable. You don’t know what might happen.
Traveling on your own, hostels might be the best way to go. But when you are traveling as a family, hostels might not be any less expensive because they charge by the person.
Our family had a wonderful trip. My brother is happily married now. Let’s get into some more travel tips.
You do not want to eat at restaurants that are near the tourist sites.. Everything is going to be expensive, and the food isn’t going to be that good. Get out of the area before looking for food. W
e’ve just gotten home from Guatamala, which is considered a third world country. I heard that “third world country” has something to do with the Cold War. They had running water. They had toilets. They don’t have air conditioning in a lot of their residences. They don’t need it because the weather stays pretty nice.
Just to remind you, once I finish up today, I am going to take a little over a week off. Yesterday we were talking about how you want to keep your purse on your body at all times. But the world is not as dangerous as you may think. Most people want to be kind and help you.
You may or may want to visit the tourist sites. But you do not want to eat around there. The food there is going to be expensive and usually not great anyway. You want to eat where the locals do.
Sometimes you learn more from wandering around than anything else. But when you get lost, go to any of the hotels that you see around you. They will be able to tell you where to go.