Planning a vacation for any family is a large undertaking especially when there are several people of varying ages, interests and abilities. By the time the vacation actually comes, you are exhausted after making all of the travel arrangements, packing suitcases and making sure Fido is taken care of while you are gone. However, once vacation finally starts the chores of planning fade and enjoyment sets in. While travel should be an enjoyable experience for people of all ages and abilities, unfortunately, the travel industry as a whole is not designed for all abilities in mind.
While planning for any family can be difficult, planning vacations for families with children or adults with disabilities is more challenging. For families with loved ones with physical disabilities there is often concern about finding transportation to the desired destination and distress about whether all locations and activities will be ADA accessible. For families with loved ones with developmental disabilities, there is often anxiety of the unknown in all aspects of travel; for those with sensory issues a quiet room may be necessary for relaxation so not to overwhelm the individual or a balcony with door that locks may be necessary for an individual who wonders.
Have you ever wondered if there are companies that understand and share your travel concerns? There are several companies that specialize in assisting families plan vacations designed for specifically for families with a loved one with special needs. You and your family can get assistance with travel plans from airlines to cruises to destinations with activities for people of all abilities. TSA even has valuable tips to help prepare your loved one so they know exactly what to expect and how to travel safely. There are many useful resources taking the worry out of travel!
For more information and valuable resources, see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/us-news-travel/3-tips-for-traveling-with_b_7866850.html.