Simple Steps for Finding Courage in Traveling
The art of traveling can seem overwhelming, especially when there are special needs to consider, but finding the courage to do it doesn't have to be an obstacle. Before you throw out the possibility of a dream trip, check out some ways to overcome your fear.
"All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them."--Walt Disney.
Realize the source of fear
One simple exercise is perfect for getting past the overwhelming feeling of traveling with special needs family members. Make a list of all the fears you have about traveling. Then break down each fear by writing out all of the traveling concerns you have around that issue. Once you have identified the anticipated problems, write possible solutions for each one. This method will help you and your family realize that there are workable solutions for the challenges facing families that are traveling with special needs.
Devise an action plan with doctors
Doctors are one of the best resources for traveling with special needs family members. Advice from a trusted medical professional can be the trick to finding the courage to travel. Before you plan your trip, talk to your doctor about what distances you should consider for travel, what type of equipment you will need, and ask about what challenges the doctor thinks you will face.
Once you have established a destination, ask your medical adviser to give you some recommendations for doctors in the area you are visiting in case a medical emergency arises. This will ease some anxiety knowing that you have a trusted contact in close proximity to your vacation destination.
Besides courage, it will take a leap of faith to get your special needs family on a trip of a lifetime. Taking that leap will be very rewarding for your entire family, but you will also be surprised at how easy traveling can be with special needs. Most places are handicap accessible, and if you have concerns about a particular place not being accessible, you can call and ask.
Navigating airports is also surprisingly easy with special needs because there are employees that will give you the extra hand you need to make it as convenient as possible. Courage will come after you realize that help is only a question away. Don't be afraid to ask!
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