How Packing by Color can Make Family Travel Easier

Like many parents, one of the tasks I dreaded the most when going on vacation was packing and unpacking my family’s suitcases.For years, I’ve looked for a solution to make the process easier and shorter. I tried many recommended methods till I finally devised a system of my own which I fondly nicknamed the ‘Packing by Color’  System that works well for my family (including my son with autism)  and hopefully will work for your family too.

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Reasons to use  the ‘Packing by Color’  system

  • You can carry fewer and or smaller suitcases as you can mix belongings in the same bag and quickly find what item belongs to whom by the color of the tape on the bag.
  • Clothes are well protected from spills, dirt, and you won’t even have to worry about bringing bed bugs or fleas home if you keep them in the Hefty bags while traveling.
  • If you are tired of hearing ” Mom, where are my shorts/ socks/ t- shirt?” this system is for you. It will promote independence with kids of all ages; teaching them to find their clothes in a hotel room quickly by identifying their personal bags and get ready for the daily activities on their own.
  • Unpacking at the hotel becomes a breeze since each family member can grab their marked Hefty bags out of the suitcases and place them in their own designated drawer or shelf. The ‘packing by color’  system is especially useful if your vacation includes multiple stops that involve several rounds of packing and unpacking.
  • It provides parents with an efficient way to sort laundry items when they return home after vacation so they can wash dirty clothes in an organized manner and get back to their daily routine as soon and seamlessly as possible.
  • Moreover, each family member can do their separate wash and deal with his/her clothes again promoting life skills and independence especially in teens and young adults.How Packing by Color can Make Family Travel Easier bottles

How the system works

  • Designate a color

Start by allocating a travel color for each member of your family. In our case my older son is yellow, my younger son blue, my husband green and orange for myself. (Make sure it is a primary and easy-to-find color since you will have to shop for items in that color at places like the local dollar store and Target)

From this point on any item for that person will be in that color whether it is a travel toothbrush, a water bottle, swim trunks, beach flip flops or even suitcase tag.

  • Get colored duct tape in the chosen colors

Buy a roll of duct tape in your chosen color/s to mark any personal items you won’t find to buy in the color you need.

  • Use Hefty bags

After initially starting with space bags we soon came to realize they were pricey, and you couldn’t actually use them for more than a few times.So we have begun using the large  2.5 gallons Hefty bags that are a fraction of the cost and can be utilized on most trips at least twice in a row.
After we roll our clothes and put them in the bag, we can save precious space by squeezing the air out before putting them in the suitcase. The bag does a good job of keeping the clothes fresh and dry should any mishap happen to your bag like sitting out in the pouring rain or getting dropped into the ocean while boarding a cruise ship.

  • Label bags/items appropriately

We mark each person’s Hefty bags with the appropriate color tape.
So, my clothes would be in the orange labeled bags; my husband‘s in the green bags and so on. The duct tape ensures quick identification of items and whom they belong to when we arrive at the hotel.
It is convenient to write on the duct tape what things you put in each bag so you can make sure you don’t switch around and use a  bag that housed your shoes for clean items like underwear for example.
Furthermore,  you can distinguish between dirty and clean things by writing on the tape too–which is helpful on the way back home from your vacation.
Special Tip: Make sure you pack a couple of extra bags in case they tear, or the zipper breaks down.
Do you have a unique method to pack and unpack when traveling with your kids? Share your tips with us.

 

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Must Have Items when flying with Autism

This month’s question comes from a Facebook follower, a parent, who is wondering what items are essential to pack when flying with a kid on the autism spectrum. Of course, each kid has his or hers favorite things so my tips will solely focus on the ‘essential items’ in all categories, that should be packed with all possible necessities.

Dear Margalit,
I’m taking my daughter on her first flight to Europe and want to make sure I don’t forget anything.
What are your “must have” items when flying with autism?

Looking forward to your tips,
Morgan

Hi Morgan,
Thank you for the question. It is a topic close to my heart, and I always ask this of others.
I love learning about new, interesting and useful items to pack to make the journey less stressful.
As you might know by now from reading my posts, I’m a huge under-packer, and I prefer everything in mini size if possible.
Based on previous travel experiences, you will know to bring items you are sure you will need. If this is something new to you or your child, the trick will be to think ahead like a girl scout; envision what can happen, and anticipate all eventualities.

In my family’s case, our staple flight items are based on things like temperature changes, and OCD, for example, and what we pack falls into the following groupings: sensory, behavioral, personal hygiene and small emergency needs.
Underlined are my must-have items for flying.

Temperature Control

My son is somewhat temperature intolerant and likes to cover his head when napping. Airlines don’t necessarily supply bedding items, so I carry a compact, lightweight blanket.
There are times we get stuck sitting in an aircraft on the tarmac waiting to clear for takeoff. With the engines and A/C off, the temperature rises, and the air can be stifling, so I pack a mini fan.

Comfort and Cleanliness

Not so long ago, when our son suffered from acute OCD, we ended up carrying plane seat covers and pillowcases as well as shoe covers to go through security.
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Noise

Planes tend to be noisy; whether it is the screaming baby in the row behind you, the rowdy drunk traveler next to you or the engine noise in smaller aircraft, most of us want to tune all of that out.
Noise-canceling headphones were a great investment for my family, not just for those with special needs. Something you need to keep in mind when you buy them is to make sure they fold and aren’t too bulky since you want to take that in your bag or carry-on. Also, since different aircraft use different systems make sure you carry several mini adaptors. Look for the ones that adapt a one prong system to a two and vice versa, so you can use the headphones onboard.

Small Emergencies

Small mishaps happen; especially on flights so you might want to be equipped with a mini flashlight to search for things that fall on the plane’s poorly lit floor.
These days, mobile phones can have a flashlight capability. I also recommend a small carabiner to link items like small bags or clothing items together, a small roll of duct tape to stick any broken or torn items and my favorite soda can cover to prevent spills on clothes.

Medical

I used to carry big bulky holders till I realized all I needed were small plastic pouches. They are so convenient; I can write the name of medicines on them, and I also love them for jewelry and any other trinkets that weigh next to nothing.

Besides that, I ‘schlep’ around a collapsible cup for my son to drink out of when he takes his meds since he doesn’t know how to use a water fountain and the crew doesn’t necessarily come as soon as we when page them.Flying with Autism? Pack these Must -Have Items safety

Hygiene

You just cannot ever take enough wipes and tissues when you are traveling with young kids or kids with autism who touch everything and put their hands in their mouths.
For the children are unable to stand while using the restroom or put the paper on the seat. I suggest then that you carry a mini Lysol spray to sterilize the seat and bring a mini toilet paper in case the paper runs out and isn’t replenished. Yes, unfortunately, I have seen that happen!

Positive Attitude

When traveling with children, especially those with special needs, it’s important to communicate and prepare in a positive way; explaining the process to your child, so it is enjoyable and pleasant for them and fellow travelers. In the words of the famous Annie, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile!” so make sure you wear your smile and have a great attitude at all times.

 

 

 

Cruise Cabin Comfort for Kids with Autism

As a parent to special-needs kids, I’ve found cruising to be one of the more enjoyable ways to enjoy a vacation.However, sharing a relatively small cabin can prove stressful for some kids on the spectrum, in particular for the younger ones.
Here are some tips to help you, the parent, create a more ‘autism-friendly’  environment so that your family can relax and enjoy their cruising experience.

 

Make your Kid with Autism Comfortable in a Cruise Cabin

Heating and Air Conditioning

Check the location of the cabin’s air vent and make sure your kid’s bed is not directly under it, especially if he or she suffers from sensory issues.
Try to do that with the other members of your family chose their own beds and started bickering over the different locations.
Furthermore, test the cabin’s air conditioning and heating systems to make sure they work adequately and alert your room steward if you discover any problems.

Bedding

Contact your room attendant if you require a mattress padding for comfort or a mattress shield for bed wetting.
You should prepare and print a list of items your family needs daily such as the number of towels, pillows and sheets ahead of time and hand it to him/her when you see them.
Keep an extra copy for yourself in case the initial list goes missing and your attendant needs another.

Pay per view

Check your TV programming when you first enter the cabin since some cruise lines offer a pay per view option where all you need to do is punch in the room number.
Although this may seem like a fun feature to have, you need to be aware it may enable your kid to ratchet up an impressive bill by pressing a  few buttons, not to mention the early education she or he might get on the porn channels.
Contact guest relations and ask how to block the feature before your kid discovers the ‘fun’ in ordering the same movie repeatedly (fifty-one times to be exact!) as mine did.

Unpacking

Involve all your family members ( including your child with autism) in the process of unpacking.
Our packing system consists of putting everyone’s clothing in 2.5-gallon Ziploc bags and labeling each person’s bag with a colored piece of duct tape.
In our family of four; my son’s bags are always tagged yellow; his brother’s blue, my husband’s bags green and mine are orange.
When we unpack at a hotel or cruise cabin, all I have to do is give every family member a designated area (shelf or drawer)  to put all their labeled Ziploc bags with their clothes in.
This system is useful to keep track of everything, lessening the chance of something left behind in the cabin when we leave.
This method has also helped our son become more independent since he can identify his color coded clothes bags and get dressed on his own, every morning!

Cabin Cooler

Ask the steward to empty the cabin cooler so you can store your drinks and food items.
Cruise companies usually stock these coolers with sodas and alcoholic beverages you will be charged extra for if you consume anything!
The cooler can be a life savior for that middle of the night scenarios when your kid wants to eat or drink something, and you need fast access to individual items instead of calling room service or getting up and heading out to an open food venue.

Nightlights

Bring two nightlights or flashlights combo to help you navigate the dark cabins at night when everyone’s asleep.
Some passengers leave the bathroom light on, with the door cracked slightly open, but the noise of the door banging open and shut when the ship sails into rough waters might prove problematic to many noises conscious travelers.

Memories of home

Bring your kid’s favorite toy along with one or two family and home photo to decorate your cabin and combat any homesick feelings your child might feel.
In today’s digital age, a space saving alternative to packing the actual photographs is to download the pictures on an I -pad or I-phone for them so your kid can look at them.

Door Ornament

Finding your cabin door among thousands of similar ones can be daunting for your child with autism!
To help them identify their cabin, consider bringing a picture of a familiar character or object, that your child can easily recognize to stick on your cabin door.You can either print the picture and bring it in your luggage or ask guest relations to print it off your cell after you board.

Do you have a tip for helping kids with autism feel comfortable in a cruise cabin -if so, share it with us.

Happy Mother’s Day

Last week, my blog Autistic Globetrotting celebrated its two-year anniversary. Many things have changed during this past year: it expanded, joined Google+ and Twitter, made new friends, and even developed a brand-new look.Happy Mother's Day profile pic
Even through all this change, one thing has remained constant: the idea to inspire autistic families to go out and explore the world. After sharing my family’s stories, pictures, and tips with all of you these past years, I thought it was wonderful for you all to share your stories in celebration of not only my blog’s anniversary but of Mother’s Day as well. Whether a short day outing to the zoo, ocean, or a transatlantic journey, I wanted to read how other mothers go about their routines. My guidelines were simple: describe your family, your educational philosophy towards your children, what you carry along on outings, and your enjoyment of the process.The responses were amazing; over forty mothers took time from their busy, hectic schedules to write down their posts and send in their answers fast so we could meet the Mother’s Day set deadline.
Though the diagnoses and needs of their children varied substantially, all the moms’ stories were incredibly similar. Of course, the tips mostly revolved around what electronic devices to bring along with special diet snacks and sensory toys.
Many admitted to preferring car trips over flying that involve the much-dreaded TSA.Yet, there so many commonalities between parents that had never even met. Every post I read was filled with tremendous love, patience, wisdom, and incredible optimism that I for one found inspiring. And the best part was they unanimously hoped to expand their travel horizons in the future which was precisely what I encouraged my readers to do!
I would like to extend a big thank you to all of you who have read this post, and an even greater thank you to the mothers who participated. This was by far the best Mother’s Day gift I could ever have received.Happy Mother’s Day,
MargalitGuest posts by:

Simone Balestrin

Esther Fillon Baker

Pam Blackburn

Jennifer Brook

Alysia Butler

Irma Canfield

Heather Ann Dymock

Mara Fritts

Elizabeth Gorski

Kelly Green

Jennifer Faust Hartsuff

Jenny Herman

Debra Hosseini

Gretchen Mansfield

Cathy Beukuma McNulty

Araceli Verduzco Meza

Katrina Moody

Jennifer Byde Myers

Mieko Hester -Perez

Jennifer Perry

Laurie Robinson

Shannon Des Roches Rosa

Jackie Martin-Sebell

Zoe Sandell

Lorrie Servati

Kim Stagliano

Jeannette V. Suarez

Jane Tipton

Kristy Warkentin

Tania Weissberg

Jenny Wendling

Annette White

Jean Winegardner

Q&A with Simone Balestrin Autism Mom

“I love that we can now go to cafes together and order a meal. Places with booth seats are the best because I can sit on the outside and block off most of the other customers and stop him running around.”

Q&A with Simone Balestrin Autism Mom

submitted by Simone Balestrin

Hi everyone,
My name is Simone, I live in Australia, and I have a seven-year-old son, Josh, who has severe autism and an eleven-year-old neurotypical daughter.

When I plan any outings with my kids, I have several things I always make sure are done before going. I pack a small bag with Josh’s food and juice and make sure my i-Phone is fully charged, in case I need to call anyone quickly.
If we are going somewhere new, I might source some visuals beforehand of the internet to prepare him so he can see what to expect which lessens his anxiety.
I try my best to make it as stress-free as possible though communication with him is complex and requires a lot of skill and patience, both of which I have acquired over the years.I use a combination of spoken words and pictures to get my ideas through which mostly works though not all the time.

I love the fact that we can now go to cafes together and order a meal, something that I have waited for several years to be able to do.  I tend to pick food venues with booth seats because then I can sit relaxed on the outside and block off most of the other customers and stop my son from running around or darting out into the street. He seems to be happy to eat his packed foods and play on my I-Phone, for now, and I hope it stays this way for a while.

I remember years ago when this was so hard, and he wouldn’t sit at all.
I promised myself I would change that so I started by just ordering a coffee and trying to get him to stay for a short visit. Baby steps! I can’t even remember the number of times when I didn’t get to finish it; there were quite a few. And it wasn’t easy to find places that were accepting of his behaviors and didn’t judge us. But I didn’t give up and kept trying every week. I’m so proud of how far he has come.

I guess I’ll be trying to plan a short day trip next!

 

Q&A with Jackie Martin-Sebell Autism Mom

” Zachary has several food and environmental allergies, so the epi-pen and allergy medicines go wherever he goes. We also always have some of his ‘safe’ foods. In the case of over-stimulation or stress; the sensory bag comes which includes weighted blankets for the boys, sensory brush, and sensory necklace .”

Q&A with Jackie Martin-Sebell Autism Mom

photo credit Jackie Martin Sebell

Hello,
My name is Jackie Martin-Sebell. I am a student studying psychology, an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple, a parent mentor, autism advocate, a wife to my husband Michael, and most importantly the mom to three and stepmom to two.
Our kids range from sixteen and seven years old. Our youngest two; Zachary and Michael, have autism as well as many other medical needs.

We try to use every moment possible as a teaching moment; whether it be visiting the local nature center and learning about animals, or using flashcards in the form of a game.
We love to travel and try not to let our individual needs deter or stop us.
 I grew up in a military family who traveled a lot, and as much as possible, I would like to give my kids the same.

Because of my boys’ needs, we always go on outings prepared for anything; whether it’s a day trip two miles away to nana and papa’s house, the local park, or a mini-vacation (which are usually for doctor appointments) twelve hours away.
If I’ve learned anything over the years; it’s that I’d rather take something and not need it, than be somewhere needing it, and not be able to get it.

Zachary has several food and environmental allergies, so the epi-pen and allergy medicines are life-saving necessities and go wherever he goes.To be on the safe side, we also pack some of his special foods since there have been instances that we couldn’t find any foods to suit his restricted diet in local food venues.

For those cases of over-stimulation or stress; we always bring a sensory bag along that includes weighted blankets for the boys, sensory brushes, and even sensory necklaces.
Because our son, Michael gets frequent energy crashes, leg pains, and has recently suffered an ischemic stroke, we always have his heated blanket and stroller, handy for times we will be gone longer than a couple of hours.

One tip we swear by is that we should always have plenty of stuff for the kids to do in the car, depending on the length of the drive (books and pen/paper for the shorter rides and a movie and toys for longer trips.) Although it may seem like a lot to bring; believe me, it is totally worth it.
And if all else fails we can always play the license plate game.
We also try to drive during ‘good times’ which means that if the drive is a long one we’ll drive during the night while the kids are asleep and take a few breaks along the way. 

For the most part, it works out well for everyone, and so far our children still enjoy outings as a family!

 

Q&A with Gretchen Mansfield Wilson of Sean House

 

“When Sean and I travel, I take a plastic bed cover (he still wets the bed sometimes), his medication box along with a change of clothes and his cane. That’s it. Sean travels light.”

 

Q&A with Gretchen Mansfield Wilson of Sean House

photo credit Gretchen Mansfield Wilson

Hi everyone,
My name is Gretchen  Mansfield Wilson, and I am the mother of four adult kids and eight grandkids, with another on the way!
All of my grandkids are wonderful.
Sean is my second grandchild and is thirty-two years old.I’ve raised him, and am his legal guardian since he was born blind with no optic nerves and has also been diagnosed as autistic.
My philosophy for educating autistic kids is that everything is not for everyone.
I have never wanted to mainstream Sean in the public education system since he needed way too much assistance and functioned at the lower end of the autism spectrum. Inclusion might work better for others, especially if the child can learn and not disrupt the classroom but like I said before, it isn’t for everyone.With Sean, I chose to work on his blindness rather than his autism since I considered that the larger challenge to overcome.When he grew older, and I realized that he ould need to live independently, I started Sean’s House in Houston, Texas, a nonprofit organization that provides housing and services to individuals with disabilities.He attended the Texas School for the Blind for three years and came home every weekend.The school is one of the top three in the nation and the teachers there worked with Sean on developing life skills as there were many other kids there with autism. After that, he was transitioned back to our local school and was very fortunate in that he always had good teachers!

When Sean and I travel, I pack a plastic bed cover along (he still wets the bed sometimes), his medication box along with changes of clothes and his cane.That’s it. Sean travels quite light!

There had been only one time when we had to make a packing exception which was when we had to evacuate for a hurricane coming our way, and we were most fortunate to find any place to stay, but it was an outdoors camp.
Despite his physical challenges, Sean has successfully, traveled by boat, airplane and car. He is excellent in the car except when he keeps saying “hamburger “over and over, throwing his hand over my mouth to feel my lips saying it.I taught him that at a very young age and he still does that at thirty-two!

I can always tell if he is apprehensive on a boat or plane since he sits upright and holds on to the seat.However, that has never become an issue or hindrance of any kind for us not to go anywhere.

I love traveling with Sean to expose him new experiences.
We went to Mexico back in 2009 and visited Tulum and Chankanaab Eco-Park.
His favorite experience so far has been going to the beach or just being in the water.
Taking him on a cruise with ‘Autism on the Seas’ has long been on my bucket list, and I hope to cross it off soon.

 

 

Q&A with Katrina Moody Autism Blogger

“The kind of jump in development that our youngest, Logan, especially enjoyed after that major trip has encouraged us to break out of the trap of staying home too much.”

Q&A with Katrina Moody Autism Blogger

photo credit Katrina Moody


Hello there. I’m Katrina Moody, and I’m wife and mother to some pretty incredible men as well as a family blogger.
My husband and three boys all have the same rare disorder, which adds additional diagnoses of Autism, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, and Vision Loss, among other things.
Our home has always been an open environment as we have utilized techniques learned in “The Special Needs Child” by Stanley Greenspan.

Our lives are one large circle waiting to be closed. Sights, sounds, experiences are all ways to help close one, create others. Each circle closed is another step forward in helping our children meet their potential.

Going out with three boys on the spectrum (not to mention seizures) is a difficult proposition. We’ve had to cancel plans at the last minute so many times that we aren’t invited to many events any longer.Our close circle of friends and family know by now that if we don’t show up it is nothing personal.


We have a packing ritual to make sure we don’t forget anything important at home.We pack both daily and emergency medicines, diapers, wipes, changes of clothes, and just about every other thing we can think of.We were able, however, to make a magical trip to Florida last year to visit relatives and
Disney, of course.

It was an incredible experience for the entire family, with only a couple breakthrough seizures.We experienced, for the first time, an extraordinary closing and creating of multiple circles in development as the experiences helped to challenge our boys.The best part was the fact that the kids were able to deal (mostly) with the experience with few meltdowns and much excitement.The experience was so enjoyable for each boy in their own way so much so that we have already made plans to go back as a family, hopefully, next year

The kind of jump in development that our youngest, Logan, especially enjoyed after that major trip has encouraged and inspired us to break out of the trap of staying home too much and we are a lot more open to the idea of taking vacations than we’ve been in years. The boys are now actively planning our next adventure, and I can’t wait to see those family circles closing and forming all over again.

 

 

     

Q&A with Tania Weissberg – Apert Syndrome Activist

  

 

  “We travel light, even though that requires a stroller, medication, diapers, food and   beverages, I don’t make myself crazy.”  

Q&A with Tania Weissberg Apert Syndrome Activist

photo credit Tania Weissberg

Please introduce yourself and your child
Hi, my name is Tania Weissberg, and I am live with my child in California.My son who just turned six years has been diagnosed with Apert Syndrome since birth and is unequivocally the guiding light in my life.

Describe your philosophy to educating him
My gestalt is that education is entirely different than child rearing.Imparting knowledge upon someone can be done by taking trips and marveling at the scenery, whereas “bringing up babyrequires an open mind and the ability to make choices, define goals and set limits.And that philosophy distinguishes us parents, from teachers or care providers.I have tried to teach my son life coping skills and promote his independence alongside helping him reach his full potential in our society.

Describe your preparations and items you bring with you  on a typical outing or trip
My son loves going places, so it is never that hard to get him excited about going anywhere.He enjoys short and long outings equally and has never given me much grief.
I usually break the news about our upcoming trip a few days before hand, and it works fine for us.

I make a point of traveling light, even though that still requires a stroller, medication, diapers, food, and special beverages. I try to remember everything, but I don’t make myself stir crazy over it.If I forget anything on my list, so be it! If my son doesn’t have his i-Pad, then he doesn’t have it -that’s real life, and he will learn to deal with it!
Giving children what I call “crutches,”  makes them dependent, needy and ultimately not the best travelers! Parents need to teach and foster flexibility in their kids as part of preparing them to adulthood.

Why you still enjoy it?
We enjoy travel because I regard it as the privilege of sharing other cultures and different places with my son.It also expands both horizons and enriches our souls, maybe in different ways which are all fine with me.I know he learns a lot in his way, so I’m not concerned about his level of undertanding everything that goes around him.And the silver lining is that it starts the conversation about Apert’s so in a way we are raising much-needed awareness everywhere we go.

 

Q&A with Heather Dymock-Autism Mom

“Everyone  carries their own backpacks with the appropriate  medications, snacks and so on…”

 

Q&A with Heather Ann Dymock-Autism Mom

photo credit Heather Ann Dymock

 

Hi there,
My name is Heather Dymock, and I am a single and a stay at home parent to four kids from Glasgow, Scotland.
My oldest son, Scott is fourteen1 and has been diagnosed with learning difficulties, incontinence and autism.
My other son, Sean is now ten, was diagnosed with Asperger’s or the high-functioning form of autism.
My daughter, Sara, who just turned thirteen, has some learning challenges but has managed to cope with her studies with 
no official diagnosis and helps me out tremendously. And my youngest, Drew is a rambunctious two-year-old toddler who isn’t speaking yet, which is of concern for me.

Living in a big city like Glasgow, I’m happy to report that my family benefits from many educational opportunities since art galleries, museums, theatres are all a subway ride away, and some even offer family discounts and free entry on selected days!
Our location is also convenient for short trips by train to the famous Scottish Highlands, Edinburgh and Blackpool.

My system is to make a home chart in which we detail all the trips before hand to help the kids understand the plan better especially if we travel on public transport.
My kids are expected to follow instructions and rules before we even leave the house! That part is not negotiable!
Since I am a single mum, and can’t possibly carry all the supplies necessary on my own; everyone (except the little one)  needs to carry their individual backpacks with the appropriate medications, snacks and so on.This rule mainly applies to my ten-year-old Sean since he has a very restricted diet and needs to carry his special snacks around.
Despite the challenges our family faces and a tight budget, we still enjoy taking day excursions, overnight trips and even brief hops abroad within the continent to places like Belgium and Spain.
Every year or so, we get to cross ‘the pond ‘ and visit family and friends in the U.S.
Furthermore, we are always on the lookout for coupons, discounts and special offers to major attractions in the UK that we can use during school holidays.
We have a ‘bucket list’ a mile long and are busy crossing destinations off our list each with every year that passes.
As the slogan goes ‘the Dymock five ‘are always ready for a new adventure!

 

 

 

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