Travel Tips & Tricks
Whether it is your 1st or 100th family adventure, here are some tips and tricks to help make travel easier. Picking a destination, packing or navigating the airport, we hope these tips and tricks get you going!
Prepare Well, Be Democratic and Soothe Anxieties
Some of the worst travel experiences include family vacations when everyone seems to fight and skiing vacations that turn to mush because of rain. If you’re traveling with a special needs child, you can run into very specific problems such as the inability to find your child’s medication or the lack of facilities for those with physical challenges. Your vacation is meant to be a fun time for you and your family. So avoid those worst travel experiences by considering the following tips:
Medication. If you or any member of your family is taking medication on a regular basis, then you need to make sure that you carry more than enough of it with you on vacation. It’s not a good idea to pack medication with your luggage because luggage can get lost. Instead, make sure that you keep it with you in the plane. It’s also a good idea to divide it into two halves and give half to your spouse. That way, if either of you happens to misplace your half, the other will always have theirs. Another thing you could do to make sure that things go smoothly is consult your doctor before leaving. Find out if they recommend that you take some different meds with you to deal with whatever might come up during travel.
Getting Along. Why is that you look forward to vacations with such a feeling of delight but when you’re cramped up in close quarters with your family, you just can’t seem to get along? It always seems like the people who are the most similar fight the most. Let’s say your family has two very talkative members and two quiet ones. It’s always the talkative ones who will fight with each other or the quiet ones. Does this mean that they have to be kept apart? Not necessarily. You need to realize that when you go on vacation, everyone’s needs have to be considered. One person might want to do one thing and another might want to do another. You might not necessarily take a child’s needs seriously but it might seem unfair to the child that the adults get to do exactly what they want while kids don’t. So try to be democratic without being impractical.
Unexpected Situations. Going on vacation can reveal great things--things that will make you happy in the long run. For example, you might find that your child who has ADHD loves art and can focus very well on creating artwork. At the same time, you may find that your child or even some other member of your family has fears or anxieties that you hadn’t expected. For example, when you’re trying to feed the pigeons at Trafalgar Square in London, you might find that one of your children has a fear of birds. Adults sometimes tend to ridicule these unexpected fears but this can lead to a lot of resentment on the part of the child. So in case you come across unexpected situations like this--and you should assume that you will--try to address them calmly without any hint of judgment. After all, it’s not entirely necessary that your child should love birds unless s/he intends to make a care er out of studying them!
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