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. …

Holiday With An Autistic Child

Planning a family holiday with additional needs

Until this year, when it came to planning holidays, J and I always had the same approach. We left it to the last minute, booked a few weeks before and never went to the same place twice. Sometimes we booked accommodation, often we didn’t. When the Bears came along, little changed except we organised where we were staying. It wasn’t …

9 tips for long car journeys with kids who have additional needs

I love going away. Travelling was a big part of my life pre-kids and I still enjoy discovering new places. However, like most parents, those long car journeys spent listening to some favourite music or a great audio book have been replaced by whining and shouting from the back seat. It’s hard enough travelling with kids at the best of …