First Five Things To Do After You Enter Your Cruise Cabin

  After you board the cruise ship, your first instinct is to walk around and explore the different activities and ‘welcome aboard ‘giveaways. Not so fast! Before you relax and start having fun, you really should go to your assigned cabin and check five essential things that may help you enjoy your vacation better. The Five things… Read More

Scary Cab Drivers You Don’t Want To Meet

One of my biggest fears while traveling is being involved in a car accident and landing with my kid with autism in a foreign country hospital setting. However, both my husband and I don’t want to drive around much during our vacations, especially internationally where many times they drive on the “wrong” side of the street…. Read More

Four Fun concepts on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas

In an effort to retain a loyal fan base and gain some new followers, cruise lines often try to innovate and renovate continuously. During our cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas two months ago, we noticed four notable changes that grabbed our attention. Interactive  Artwork While every ship boasts millions of dollars of artwork,… Read More

Tips to Avoid Airport Meltdowns for Travelers with Autism

 Part of successfully traveling with autism is the ability of the caregivers to foresee and prepare for those scenarios that can trigger those dreaded meltdowns. Here are tips to avoid airport meltdowns that we have compiled over the years based on our past incidents. Meltdowns due to flight delays #Try to book direct early morning… Read More

Five Steps to Lose Weight on a Cruise

As many of you already know, I wholeheartedly recommend cruising as a vacation option for families with special needs children. However, I agree with some critics that the biggest drawback is, in fact, the accessibility and abundance of food on board. Even though for most of us putting on a pound or two probably won’t… Read More

Guide to Cruising with Allergies

One of my readers contacted me this week asking for my tips when traveling with children with autism that also have food allergies. As spring break and summer are fast approaching, I thought I’d share some tips to use for your next cruise or all-inclusive resort stay.    Planning stage Contact your company and ask the… 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

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

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

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