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Ansley Bentley

Miami, Florida Travel Agent

Traveling with Autism

As parents, we want to travel with our children to open their eyes to the world and give them experiences and memories they will carry with them throughout life. For families who have children on the Autism spectrum, travel can be a challenge but is absolutely doable.

My 7-year-old son is on the Autism spectrum, so I know well the challenges and can offer clients advice based on my experience and research. The key is to strike just the right balance between fun kid's activities and destinations that are too crowded or over-stimulating. Protravel's power in the industry allows me to work closely with our supplier partners to create the most positive experiences for my clients. A lot of this involves preparing ahead to avoid awkward situations, inappropriate accommodations or activities and choosing the right destinations. 

Expert tips

Above all, always use a travel agent with experience with Autism travel, because they will have the specific destination knowledge and industry connections to anticipate and avoid problems that can derail a happy vacation.

  • Go somewhere with lots of activities for kids or a kid's club, but one that is not too big or crowded. Sea Island and Fairmont Mayakoba are both places we have gone with our son and were a good choice.
  • If your child enjoys the water, then pools and water slides are a lot of fun
  • Discuss with your travel agent your concern about bedding, meltdowns, dietary concerns (dairy, gluten, etc.) and other issues that can be hard to talk about. Let your agent work with the airlines, cruise lines and hotels to address these concerns before you even leave home to minimize any unexpected stress while on vacation

 Contact me to help plan your next family trip!

 

 

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