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Travel with any family can be hectic, and when you add the special needs of a child with autism, there are some additional factors to consider. If you keep an open mind and pre-plan to meet the needs of all of your family members (autistic or not), a family trip with your child with autism can be both rewarding and fun! Here are my top 10 tips for having a successful travel experience:
If you’ve booked a flight online you may have noticed a check box for "Special Services" and wondered what that meant. I found out on a recent trip that it represents an invaluable, FREE service for passengers flying with medical challenges and special needs. It makes the logistics of TSA security lines, luggage, boarding and deplaning manageable for families traveling with a special needs child.
We were all ready to go on a ten day trip through Germany and Switzerland. I had created packing lists and checklists and researched and purchased the best stroller for international travel as well as many other items that would make the trip easier. A question suddenly dawned on me, “Will our driver’s licenses be recognized in Europe?”
I asked the question over dinner and my husband put down his fork and looked at me, incredulous that we hadn’t thought of this before. “I honestly don’t know. Let’s ask Google.” as he picked up his Droid phone to find out.
Do you need an International Driver’s License or using its proper term, an International Driving Permit when renting a car abroad? The short answer is “No,” but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get one.
Many parents look at museum memberships near home as a cost-effective way to provide hours of entertainment for their family. By purchasing a membership you're helping the museum with funding and you get annual tickets in return. But have you ever considered purchasing membership for a museum you may only visit once on vacation? In many cases it can be the cheapest option. In November, I attended a press trip to Texas. It included a whirlwind day and a half in Ft. Worth. The trip made such an impression that we're planning a trip back with the whole family. In researching prices I realized buying a membership would wind up being cheaper in the long run AND would be tax deductible.