If you’re looking for tips on travelling with children, or answers to some of our most frequently asked questions, then you’ve come to the right page!
I love travelling but as a lone parent to two neurodivergent kiddos, it can be sometimes be a stressful experience. I’ve gone through all the tears and tantrums (I’m talking about myself here) so that you don’t have to! I believe that travelling should be an enjoyable, eye-opening and sometimes life-changing experience for the entire family. You can find some of my favourite travel tips and answers to some frequently asked questions below:
Travelling children can be difficult. It’s a change of routine for them and trying to balance airport timings with their needs for you. That’s why I always pack a small backpack for my children whenever we travel. You can read more about it here.
Our favourite UK airport is Gatwick, it has family security lanes, play areas in both terminals and plenty of kid-friendly food options. [Blog Coming Soon]
I love sightseeing, but long walks and museum tours aren’t at the top of my children’s list of fun things to do.
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Travelling with a neurodivergent child?
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Q. Why do you travel and live abroad with neurodivergent children, surely it’s better for them to stay in their home country?
A. While we would undoubtedly have access to better services for neurodivergent children in our home country, the lifestyle change has actually improved our lives for the better. We are no longer bound by the societal pressures I grew up with, I’ve been able to relax and become a better parent as a result. I also don’t like the idea that neurodivergent people aren’t allowed/supposed to enjoy a similar quality of life as neurotypical people, experience new things or learn about other cultures.
Q. How do you afford to travel as a single parent?
A. Staying with family or friends, self-catering holidays, travelling during term-time and scouring the internet for flight deals!
Q. Have you ever been scared travelling alone with children in a foreign country?
A. Once! When we were in Barcelona, Spain I had booked a taxi to take us to the airport at 4am. I didn’t know there was a strike, the children were cold and tired. I didn’t know what to do or where to go. A very drunk man saw us and started shouting in Spanish, I didn’t know what he was saying and got scared. Once, he realised we spoke English, he told me he was worried about us. He managed to rally around a group of strangers who helped us get to the airport in time for our flight home!
Q. What is your parenting style?
A. I try to do autonomous-supportive parenting with a mix of intentional parenting and gentle/attachment parenting. It doesn’t always work, but I try my best and for the most part the children are very happy and confident.
Q. How do you make sure your children stay educated when you travel?
A. I currently home educate them, we were previously child-led/unschoolers but now follow a semi-structured approach. The beauty of home education is that we can learn wherever we are in the world! While I don’t feel that mainstream schools are the right fit for our family, I am open to small school set-ups, so if that was to ever be a part of our future then we would stick to travelling during the school holidays.
Q. Are you happy? Are your children happy?
A. Yes. They speak two languages confidently and are learning a third. Their world has expanded as a result and they feel a lot less restricted. I’ve been able to meet people I would never have had the pleasure to meet beforehand and have been able to realise the opportunities that are out there beyond the standard 9-5.