Unraveling the Secrets of a Well Packed Handbag

   As a young traveler, I thought that lugging that incredibly cumbersome and expensive designer half open bag around the airport made me look sexy until I got pick pocketed, that is. Then came that period in my life when I somehow developed extra limbs to carry the overloaded diaper bag, baby one, toddler two and stroller, as well as what resembled… Read More

Which Cruise to Book when Traveling with Autism

  The New Year has finally arrived, and it is time to start planning your family’s travel for the coming spring and summer. You’ve heard all about them and have finally decided to take the proverbial plunge and go on that first family cruise.With so many choices out there: how do you choose a cruise that… Read More

Q&A with Rose Niehaus Morris of the ‘Safety Sleeper Bed’

    How you came up with the idea of the Safe Sleeper?. We first thought of the concept during a visit to a friend’s house in Dallas (we live in Pa)  when we were experiencing sleeping issues with my youngest at the time, Abram. He had autism and didn’t sleep a lot, but getting him… Read More

Testing the new TSA ‘Opt Out’ Program

    We flew out of Los Angeles International Airport last week, for our weekend in New Orleans.My husband and two sons, all decided to pass through the scanning machine and were cleared quite fast and efficiently.I decided to try the much talked about ‘OPT OUT’ TSA concept that had caused such a news commotion in the… Read More

Meltdown In The Sky: A Personal Story of Flying with Autism

“An old Romanian joke speaks of a dad sitting on a bench in the park with a unrelentingly screaming baby in his arms whispering, “Ferdinand be calm, Ferdinand be calm.” A well-meaning bystander who witnesses the situation approaches the dad and asks, “Shouldn’t you be trying something different since it’s obvious that whispering is not calming the child?”. “Oh, no,’”… Read More

Q&A with John Brown of Camping with Autism across America

What inspired you to travel with Devyn across the 50 states? It was in response to a promise I had made before he was born.I knew he would be a teenager when I retired, and I planned to spend our summers touring our great country.When he was diagnosed with autism, I thought “Well, there go those… Read More

Occupying the Kids when Stranded at the Airport

When faced with a long-scheduled layover or an unexpected flight delay, travelers with autism, more than any other category of travelers can become increasingly agitated and apprehensive, requiring a plethora of activities to keep them busy and entertained. Parents wishing to avoid the extra stress and occupy their kids if stranded at an airport should… Read More

The Holiday Travel With Autism Survival Guide

 The winter holidays according to most popular songs and stories are meant to be ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, yet many families with autistic kids dread their yearly arrival. Some families opt to stay home and celebrate away from their loved ones just to avoid the hassles of traveling with autistic children.The ones… Read More

Creating the Ideal Autistic Friendly Hotel Room

  As Autism Awareness grows around the world and within the travel industry, many hotel managers have asked me for advice on how to make their establishment more autism-friendly. Although there is no exact formula to fit all families with autism, I’ve come up with some useful guidelines hotels can adopt to accommodate patrons with… Read More

Q&A with Peter Shears-British Special Needs Activist

    As you well know by now, this blog deals with the different aspects of blending travel and autism. In the last few years, a new trend has emerged in the travel industry known as Volunteer Travel, which successfully combines the exploring of countries while helping the local population in their fight against poverty, diseases and other socio-economical problems…. Read More

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