Holidays with autism: The ultimate guide to preparing for Lapland

So you want to go to Lapland, you don’t know where to start and you’re completely overwhelmed with all the things you need to think about. Fear not! I’ve put together a complete guide to preparing for a Lapland holiday. Plus packing lists you can customise so you don’t forget anything. So get a highlighter and start crossing things off. …

Holidays with autism: Lapland on a budget

There’s no getting around the fact that holidays to Lapland are not cheap. You are looking at more than £2,0000 for a three-night stay including flights, accommodation and activities for a family of four. This can rise to £7,000-plus for a nice hotel in a remote location. It’s easy to get carried away when booking a trip to Lapland and …

Holidays with autism: 11 essential items to pack for a winter holiday

It was whilst zipping across a frozen lake at 20mph that I realised I’d forgotten a vital item of clothing on our husky trip in Lapland. I’d only brought one pair of gloves and every time I took them off to take a picture of the breathtaking views, my hands felt like they were going to fall off. In temperatures …

10 essential secrets to flying with an autistic child

It’s less than a week until we go on holiday and our thoughts are turning to the flights. We’re going on four aeroplanes in four days, which is a challenge with two boys who have global developmental delay, hypermobility and autism thrown into the mix. The airport is going to be a big deal. We’ve not been abroad on a …

How to prepare your autistic child for a holiday to Lapland

When we booked our holiday to Lapland in February, one of the biggest questions to consider was when to tell The Bears. Telling them too early could make them anxious and our daily lives a nightmare “Are we going yet” “When are we going?” “Are we going today?” “Can we go today?” “Why aren’t we going today?” “I want to …

Autism family travel: fun or flippin’ hard work?

Let’s face it, holidays can be a bit tricky when you’ve got children on the autistic spectrum. Working out where to go, worrying about how suitable it will be, as well as how to get there and how to prepare the kids, can all seem a bit daunting. However, everyone needs a holiday from time to time and families of …

30 Hot Weather Hacks You Need To Know This Summer

30 hot weather hacks you NEED to know this summer

I’m not usually a fan of hot weather – being pale and freckly means I need factor 50 and shade. However, I’ve actually quite enjoyed the last few weeks of sunshine and I’ve learned a few tricks to help keep both myself and the kids cool along the way. During this hottest time of the year, it’s important to learn ways …

How To Be A Super-Organised Camper

How to be a super-organised camper

If you want to know when the heatwave is going to end, I can tell you with confidence it will be on Friday. I know this for a fact because we’re going on our annual camping trip this weekend and I’ve never camped in anything less than torrential rain. I’m not a natural camper but once the tent’s up and …

How to pack like a pro

About two years ago we went away for a few days to the Yorkshire Coast. I was really tired and disorganised and consequently left packing until the morning we were going away. “It’ll be fine,” I thought. “We’ll just get up early, pack and go.” Which would have been fine in our old life with just the two of us. …