Involving Your Family in Planning Inclusive Travel
With inclusive travel, it’s no longer difficult to take your entire family, including a special needs child, on vacation. All the details are thought out in advance and you can relax when you reach your destination, knowing that you and your child will receive the best services possible. Not only will this give you, as a parent, a well-deserved break, it will also help your child to explore new places and develop a spirit of adventure, whether or not s/he has a disability. Here’s how you go about planning an inclusive travel vacation:
Picking the Destination. Try to involve the whole family when you’re picking a destination. The first step should be to ask everyone where they want to go. If you find that you’re torn between a couple of different destinations, you can do a bit of research to find out where they have the best facilities for those with special needs and go with that. Of course, your budget will also be a consideration when you decide where you want to go. You don’t want to disappoint your child by involving him/her in the decision-making process but choosing a different destination. So it might be a good idea to present your child with a few choices which are possible for you and then ask for an opinion.
Preparation. It can also be fun to involve your entire family when it comes to preparation. Make a list of the things that you’ll need to take. How many pairs of clothes will everyone need? If you’re going somewhere cold, you’ll need woolens. But if you’re going somewhere warm, you’ll have to make sure you take your swimsuits. Let your child get involved in picking clothes and folding them. Then you can have a look and make sure that everything looks good before putting them in suitcases. As they say, half the pleasure lies in anticipation and no one knows this better than your child who will enjoy the preparation as much as the vacation itself. Don’t forget to pack any medication your child needs in your own bags so that it doesn’t get misplaced.
Having Fun. When you get to your destination, try not to be too attached to your itinerary. If your child is enjoying one of the sights, there’s no need to rush somewhere else immediately just because it’s on your itinerary. Being engaged in what you do is what makes something fun. So when you see that something has caught your child’s fancy, you want to do everything you can to make sure that s/he continues to enjoy it. If your child seems reluctant to try out new things, don’t push him/her to do so. A little bit of gentle nudging is fine but there’s no point in going on a vacation if it makes your child anxious all the time.
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