Autism can make the smallest things—like going to the shops, using a different perfume or trying out new foods—really hard. It can be so difficult making it through each day that it’s no surprise more ambitious goals, like travelling as a family, never happen.
However, as unlikely as it seems, it is possible to travel as an autism family. Even, if you find it impossible to coordinate a single meal for the whole family at dinner time. Sure, it takes more planning, preparation and perseverance to pull off, but it’s worth the extra effort to achieve your dream.
If you have let your fear of “what if…?” overrule your desire to travel and explore the world, it’s time to tackle your fears head on. If you’ve always longed to travel but you can't imagine risking money on a holiday that might result in disaster, it’s time to revisit your dreams.
Because, it IS possible to travel as an autism family.
Autism Family Travel is a real-life guide to travelling when you have family members on the autism spectrum. Written by Kirsty Russell, a writer, blogger, speaker and special needs parenting advocate, the guide has been written by a parent for other parents.
With her husband and three entertaining children in tow (two of whom are on the spectrum themselves), Kirsty shares the reality of taking the leap and travelling as an autism family. It can be scary, exciting, nerve wracking and euphoric (often all at once!) but the reward of exploring new places as a family is worth the emotional rollercoaster to get there.
Recounting the early days of staying with family and moving onto to family-friendly caravan parks, Kirsty shares what her family learned along the way. With growing confidence, they moved onto longer road trips before tackling the first of their overseas adventures, culminating with their dream holiday, travelling to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Based on first-hand experience, the guide is full of practical suggestions to make your dream holiday, whether big or small, a reality. Whether you are planning on an overnight stay with relatives, heading to the local caravan park or flying overseas, Autism Family Travel has the help you need to get started on your adventure.
Featuring checklists, planning tools, budgeting advice and practical resources, Autism Family Travel gives families a blueprint for making travel possible. Concentrating on planning, preparing, packing and persevering, the guide shows that it’s possible for autism families to head away on holidays and actually enjoy the experience too!
Peppered throughout with real-life case studies and anecdotes, Autism Family Travel shares the reality of travelling with autism in the mix. With a focus on sensory challenges, special interests and social stories, the guide aims to give families the advice, inspiration and confidence to finally take a trip, away from the security of home.
If you’re looking for inspiration, guidance and practical (real) advice, Autism Family Travel is the guide for you.