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Author: Kirsty Russell

Family Travel A to Z: The Complete Guide to Family Travel

As part of the April 2018 A to Z Blogging Challenge, we put together 26 posts concentrating on family travel, based on a different letter of the alphabet. It was a real challenge at times (particularly when we got closer to the end of the alphabet!) but, it was a fun way to share our knowledge about family travel and how we successfully travel as an autism family.     To make it easier for you to find each post in the series, you’ll find a complete listing of each post below. Feel free to share any of these...

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Family Travel A to Z: Zero Excuses!

I’ve just spent 25 posts discussing different aspects of family travel. We’ve tackled big and small issues, looked at broad and specific challenges and have covered pretty much the whole spectrum when it comes to family travel. I hope you now realise family travel is possible, even if you are an autism family, like us.   Complete list of posts – Family Travel A to Z series   It can be daunting to put so much on the line to go travelling. It can seem like a risk that’s too much to take, particularly when there’s no guarantee of...

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Family Travel A to Z: You Only Live Once (YOLO!)

Like most autism families we were held back from travel by our fears for a long time. There are many barriers to overcome when autism is in the mix. You’ve got to deal with change, sensory threats, social interaction and communication, obsessive special interests, anxiety, financial stress, lack of support, problematic behaviours and your own mental wellbeing. For most families, it can seem too much of a challenge. With two of our kids diagnosed with autism, anxiety and sensory processing disorder, we couldn’t see how we could travel while managing their very different needs, sensory preferences, triggers, information requirements...

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Family Travel A to Z: eXtra Travel Tips

We’ve touched on so many tips already in this series, but it’s time to look at some autism specific tips for family travel. Travelling as a family poses a lot of challenges. However, travelling as an autism family present many more and they can seem insurmountable at times. The biggest challenge for autism families who want to travel, is getting up the courage to give travel a try. I know that was our biggest challenge. We could not see how we could make travel work, with kids who needed consistency, routine and familiarity. Travel is none of those things....

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Family Travel A to Z: Wellbeing

Preparing for a holiday usually involves a whole lot of busyness. It’s easy to forget your own needs and wellbeing in the midst of the planning and preparation process. However, our own wellbeing should be at the top of the list of priorities for travelling families. It’s not uncommon to push yourself so hard in those last weeks before a holiday, that you find you fall ill just as you’re ready to take off. The pressures of finishing tasks at work, the strain of getting your kids ready for the trip, the stress of making sure you don’t forget...

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