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Author: Kirsty Russell

9 Surefire Road Trip Tips for Autism Families

Embarking on a road trip with kids can be tricky for any family but it can be even trickier for autism families. There are so many factors to consider and so many potential sources of upset with long car trips. Your kids could have vestibular sensitivity and may be prone to motion sickness when in the car for long periods. They may struggle to sit still for hours on end. They may not be able to cope with the lack of space in the back seat. They might become overwhelmed by smells, noise, light and heat/cold due to sensory sensitivities. They...

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Wonderful Wellington NZ

When we first planned on travelling to New Zealand, Wellington was not high on our list of must-do locations. It doesn’t have the cosmopolitan vibe of Auckland or the historic pull of Napier or the geothermal wonders of Rotorua. Apart from being the capital city of New Zealand, I really did not know much about Wellington at all. A chance conversation with friends in the initial planning stages convinced us to give Wellington a go. But we were still far from convinced it was going to be a highlight of our trip to the North Island. We could not have...

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Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Taronga Western Plains Zoo is located 4 kilometres south of Dubbo NSW. It’s one of the biggest drawcards in central west NSW and is home to hundreds of animals, spread out over 300 hectares of bush and open plains. The zoo is home to lions, tigers, hippos, gibbons, water buffalo, zebras, giraffes, meerkats, rhinos and cheetahs, as well as Australian marsupials and birds. It’s a top tourist destination for many families and we think it’s a great destination for autism families too. For those with a strong interest in animals, nature, science and the outdoors, the zoo will more...

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Reflecting on Our Holiday Planning and Preparation

Hi there! After a hiatus due to #ourUSAadventure, we are back home and ready to get back into blogging and writing and working again. Our trip was wonderful – it went better than we could have ever expected. It’s rare that something you build up in your mind lives up to your expectations. In this case, my expectations were exceeded by the reality of our adventure. It really was a holiday of a lifetime and I’m so pleased we took the plunge and did it, even though we did not have any guarantee of success. The key, as we knew...

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10 Strategies for Planning a Family Holiday

Recently we shared our plans (and our fears!) for our upcoming family odyssey to the USA. Last year I wrote about our tips for taking kids overseas based on our experiences in New Zealand and I wanted to expand on those strategies as well as share some additional tips with you today. 1. Develop an itinerary for the kids We have put together yet another awesome itinerary for the kids for the US. We are still putting the finishing touches on it but if you are interested in finding out what we mean by developing an itinerary just for...

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