Traveling already comes with its own challenges, but if you are the parent of a child with autism, it can make traveling even tougher. After all, not all children with autism like change. Instead, they prefer the comforts of home, their own favorite items and a structured schedule. All of that typically puts the kibosh on any travel plans, but it doesn’t have to.
For some, it’s hard to fathom why someone would want to travel solo. After all, isn’t it more fun to share the experience with someone else? Of course traveling with a partner has its own rewards, but hitting the open road or exploring a new destination all by yourself has its benefits too!
Travel is fun and exciting and definitely can be educational, but can it improve your life? Of course it can. Here are 5 ways that travel makes your life better:
You experience new cultures. Often times, people are raised in one culture and stick with it for the rest of their lives, rarely venturing out to new places. Taking the time to travel to new countries and experience someone else’s culture can be an eye-opening experience. It can help to broaden your perspective sand realize that there are so many different cultures and worlds and people out there and, although they are different, they are all good people. It can also be a refreshing getaway from the everyday life you are used to, and help get you out of a rut.
If you are a slow walker, use a walker or a wheelchair or have some other form of a disability, do not think that you cannot travel. Millions of travelers have some sort of disability and the hospitality industry works hard at making their destinations accessible. Here are 7 things you should know about traveling with a disability:
There’s a passport to get you out of the country to travel the world, but did you know that there’s a National Parks passport too? Granted, you don’t exactly need it to go see any one of this country’s amazingly beautiful national parks, but The Passport to Your National Parks is a 104-page spiral notebook that gives information on the parks including maps, photographs and other illustrations. It will inspire you to get out, travel and fill it up!
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! That’s probably what most ski enthusiasts say this time of year. It’s winter and that time to strap on your skis and tackle the slopes. Whether you’re an advanced skier or you prefer to just glide down the bunny trail, Lake Placid, an area steeped in winter Olympic history, is a perfect skiing destination.
The most important safety advice for anyone when traveling is to use common sense. Whatever you do, don’t put yourself in situations where you increase your risk of getting lost, injured, attacked or killed. Go with your gut too – if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. You want to decrease your chances of jeopardizing your safety and well-being, especially if you are traveling with your family.