Happy Holidays

Podcast Episode 13. Holidays are a time to relax, rewind and recharge, but more often than not they end up being less about fun and more about stress.

Vicki, an experienced travel consultant, shares tips for making travel less stressful. She understands our perspective because she is also a mother to a daughter with additional needs.

Vicki says preparation is key. Have everything you may ever need to hand, and have a distraction for every occasion. She also says anticipation is part of any holiday, and to make this enjoyable for a child with additional needs it is essential to talk about every part of the trip.

Vicki shares her experiences as a parent and a professional. She explains how repetition is key, and that while holiday location variety can be great, sometimes for children with additional needs familiarity makes life easier. Going back to same place can also reduces concerns around safety as well.

Finally, Vicki talks about the need for time away from your children to recharge your batteries and to encourage their independence, and this time away should be guilt free, although she knows as well as anyone else this is easier said than done.

 

Show Notes

Show Notes
[.50]    –   All about Vicki her daughter and the challenges of travel as a family
[2.00]  –   The art of distraction when travelling
[3.10]  –   If you can bring/find a friend for support
[4.45]  –   Travelling when children are younger
[5.10]  –   How to get prepared for the trip
[6.00]  –   Talking to them about the journey
[6.40]  –   Packing for the holiday
[7.55]  –   Repetition is key
[8.55]  –   Navigating the airport
[10.20] –  Judging the dangers of new places
[12.40] –  Variety is nice but familiarity works
[14.00] –  Dealing with other holiday makers
[16.00] –  Consider holidays away from each other
[18.00] –  Recharge your own batteries
[19.15] –  Top tip – be prepared for everything including having a great time

Key Takeaways
Be prepared
Guilty pleasures take time for yourself

Links
Cherry Trees UK

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