Traveling with autistic children

Everything is more difficult when you or someone you love has special needs. Trust me, I know. A family has to consider the needs of the disabled person all the time. We don’t get to take breaks from this. I would love it if we could. Sadly a lot of families who have a disabled person do not feel like they can take trips. And while part of me can understand that feeling, these families need breaks too, maybe even moreso than other families.. On Wednesday we were talking mostly about mobility issues, today we are going to focus on the Autism Spectrum.

  • My first tip is to be wise where you go on vacation and how you get there. For one thing, a lot of autistic people have sensory issue. A lot of people who have no issues can get overwhelmed at airports or those amusement parks. Those are probably places you will want to avoid. Do your research.
  • You do not want to book your hotel, only to find out you have gotten the noisiest room at hotel. Talk to the hotel people about what you are going to need. Better yet, talk to me about what you will need, and I can do the research for you.
  • If you do feel like your child can handle an amusement park, talk to them about it. Tell them what you will be doing. You might want to do things like practicing standing in line and waiting on your turn.
  • And be sure to let them know what your schedule is going to be. Write it down and explain each part to them. Or if they are really little, draw pictures so they will understand.
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Summer cruises

Are people starting to think about their summer vacations? Part of me kind of doubts that considering how many people do not really take vacations anymore. But maybe you are thinking about planning a summer vacation while you take your spring break. If that is you, I would love to help you plan something. Please let me know at familytripsinc1@gmail.com. Today we are going to take a look at some cruises you might want to consider.

  • Some of the most popular cruises are to the Caribbean. With these you are going to find your typical fun in the sun vacation. Norwegian Cruise Line does an excellent job with these. You are going to get to see several different destinations, including Norwegian’s own Harvest Caye. You will be gone a week on this cruise.
  • Is that too long a cruise for you? Norwegian also does a four day cruise which will take you to Cuba and the Bahamas. There are quite a few of these sailings will take place this summer.
  • Have you always dreamed of touring Alaska? Consider going on a Holland America cruise. And yes, this is one of the nicer cruise lines. But you are going to still be able to get a cruise for one person for under a thousand dollars. And remember, nicer cruises are going to get you more for your money.

About traveling with a disability

A study was done that shows that one in four American adults have some sort of disability, be it physical or mental. And yes, I said disabled, and not differently abled. I am disabled, trust me, there is plenty that I can’t do day to day. There is no way I can hide my disability., I’m basically unable to do anything for myself. Please let me know about your disability up front, this is only going to help me be more of a help you better. I’m not going to talk about it to everyone I know. I just want to help you better. How is knowing you are disabled going to enable me to help you better? Let’s look some examples.

First, how are you going to get from the airport to your hotel? A lot of people take a taxi or bus. Could you get your wheelchair in one of those? A lot of hotels have vans that will transport their guests. But what if yours doesn’t? I can help you arrange for the transportation that you need.

I have flown, and have had no problems. The airlines that I have traveled with have been amazing. But I know that other disabled people have gone through nightmares. They’ve had medical equipment lost or damaged. And some people just do not want to mess with flying at all.

The good news is that traveling with a disability is getting easier. Hotels have more accessible rooms. More of the sites most of us want to visit are becoming more accessible to all of us.

Romantic getaways #2

Let’s get back to discussing how to plan a great romantic getaway for you and your spouse. I think we should start by discussing some things you two should discuss before you actually take your is trip.

No, I don’t think you should spring a trip on your husband. Too many things could go wrong.

  • You do not want to plan a is trip right before he has an an important project coming up at work. Plan something when you know you both can relax and concentrate on each other.
  • Make sure this is a trip that you are both looking forward to and will both enjoy. You don’t want to go somewhere only to find that he’s totally uninterested in doing anything in that place. Go somewhere you know you both want to explore.
  • And you want to make sure you are both on the same page when it comes to how much your trip is going to cost. Couples tend to fight about money more than anything. And you do not want to be fighting on your romantic getaway, do you?
  • If you’re thinking about doing a longer getaway, you might want to consider doing a cruise. Cruises can be all inclusive, which means you will pay one price, and then you can forget about money.
  • Do you and your husband love eating out together? Go online and research some restaurants you might like to try on your trip. Restaurants are going to have a lot of reviews online.

Planning a romantic getaway #1

 

Marriage is a lot like any other thing that is worth having, it takes time. And I’m not talking about the time it takes to get you to the altar. You need to work on your marriage throughout the years of your marriage in order to keep your marriage healthy and strong. And one of the ways to do that is to take regular trips together. Today let’s look at some of the first steps you should take to planning one of these romantic adventures.

  • First you need where you are going to go. Is there a place that is special to the two of you as a couple. It could be the place where you first met. Or it might be the place where he proposed marriage to you. Maybe it is that place where you took your moon? Or maybe it’s that place you’ve been talking about wanting to go together for years.
  • What kind of place do you want to stay in? Do you want to go to a hotel, maybe a nicer one, where you will be catered to hand and foot. Or does renting a cabin appeal to you more? You may have to do some more work, but this is going to give you some more privacy.
  • If you are just planning a long weekend getaway, you are going to want to find somewhere a couple of hours away from you. Unless you just love driving together. You will want to do your research to find the perfect place for the two of you. Or you might want my help planning your getaway. Please let me know if you do.

More on luxury cruises

I must confess that I was rushing through everything forward. We had been gone most of the day, and I was just trying to get something posted. But anyway, let’s get back to our discussion about luxury cruises.

  • Like I was saying earlier, you are going to find many fewer people. Instead of being on a ship with thousands of people, most of these ships will sail with fewer than five hundred guests. That makes for a much more peaceful time when you are on the ship’s deck. Sometimes soft music will playing. Sometimes there will be a deck party in the evenings. But one thing they will always be sure to have on deck is someone who will see to your every need.
  • Luxury lines will leave you feeling spoiled. They will have robes and slippers for you, and all the toiletries that you will need. And yes, you will also get sunscreen. You just need to bring your clothes.
  • And with so many fewer guests, you are going to get a much higher level of service you will find on the ships. You will have a lower crew to guest ratio. And so these servers will get to know your preferences.

Luxury cruises

I’ve had a different kind of day. Let’s see if I can do this.

Have you ever wondering what the advantages of taking a luxury cruise are. Let’s take a look.

  • You may be thinking that there is absolutely no way that you can afford to take a luxury cruise. You could be quite surprised. Luxury cruises are going to include a whole lot more than your average cruise. You are going to get all your food and drink. You are likely going to get to go on your excursions at no extra cost. In essence you will pay one time and get everything that you need.
  • Cruise ships can take six thousand people. That is like a small city. You are not going to have that on a luxury cruise though. I think fifteen hundred is huge on these ships.

Women’s tours

I’ve read somewhere this past week that you need to take three vacations, and I’m hoping they mean take these three vacations each year, or at least every other year. But anyway, what they were saying is that you should take one vacation just for yourself, one vacation with your husband, and one vacation as a family. It is that first type of vacation that we are going to discuss today..

A lot of women who are traveling by themselves still want to be in a group of some kind. As women are growing more interested in traveling by themselves, companies are putting more of these type trips together.

  • Are you looking to put some adventure into your life? Maybe your family just isn’t into that kind of thing. You might want to try Wild Women Expeditions. They have a wide variety of trips you can take pretty much anywhere in the world. Women ofall backgrounds are welcomed. I
  • f you have always wanted to go to to the Middle East, you should look into Intrrepid Women’s Expeditions. Your guides will all be women on these tours. And you will be going to places like India, Nepal, and Turkey.

Travel advice

Are you thinking about taking a vacation with your children, but aren’t quite sure how your children will handle it? Read on for some tips.

  • If you have never taken your children on a long car drive, you might want to do a few day trips before your actual vacation starts. Make it a funny outing, like going for a picnic at a park. Doing this kind of thing will help them get they used to longer drives.
  • You do not need to bring every single thing you think you might need. They will have stores where you are going. As kids get older, let them pack for themselves. Letting them bring their own bag will make them feel more grown up.
  • Staying in a city is usually a good idea. You will have access to a lot of different things to do, you will be close to restaurants, stores, parks, museums. This will help ensure that no one gets bored or too hungry.
  • You will be wise to make identification cards for each of your children, and make sure they have the cards on them each time they leave your hotel. Put your name and telephone number on these cards.

More cruise tips

 

For those who might be considering taking a cruise for the first time, keep on reading.

  • A lot of people wonder if they will get bored if they were to go on a cruise. Cruises usually have something for every type of traveler. Is your ideal vacation to sit by the pool and devour several novels? You can certainly do that on cruise. Are you someone who likes to constantly be learning? What do you like to learn about? Or do you like to come by playing sports? Cruises are going to have all kinds of sports you can play.
  • Now about tap water, should you drink it? Most ships do have some kind of filtering system. However, most people try to avoid drinking the water. With that being the case, a lot of ships do allow you to bring your own bottled water.
  • You will want to check to see if your cruise allows you to bring your own water.