School holidays, in the UK, are nearly here! One more week and our children get a whole 6 weeks off. You know what that means? Rain! (you know it's true).
So what are our plans, what's our 'summer bucket list'?
In all honesty, we don't tend to make plans, usually. Ajax hates leaving the house, so days out are done on the spur of the moment, when he's having a good day. We can normally get him out, if his wheelchair can be used. He can 'hide' with a wheelchair, he doesn't have to interact with people and can zone out, or go on his phone, if it all gets too much. He doesn't have to worry about his legs/ankles giving him trouble.
Also, booking holidays is a bit of a chore. We are finding holiday parks far too overstimulating, and crowded, for him. Neither of my 2 youngest are particularly fans of the beach, they follow me there, they only really go for the Ice-Cream! In fact, my sons class is having a trip to the beach, he has zero interest in going.
So, I hear you ask, how do you plan a summer holiday?
Actually, we've decided, like everything else we plan: We shall do it our way...
This summer we have booked 5 days, 4 nights, in: A Travelodge in London!
To most people that probably doesn't sound like much of a holiday, to us it is absolutely perfect. Here's the reasons why:
1: We can drive there. I know you can do that with most holidays but, believe me, it makes a difference. Ajax loves a ride in the car, so he'll love this.
2. We can access most of the places we want to go with the chair. We don't want to go shopping and the attractions have to be accessible, so Ajax will be more relaxed. It also means RJ won't get bored.
3. Food isn't an issue. We will literally have a shopping centre on our doorstep, with a food court. Ajax is a particularly fussy eater, and the sensory issue of smells is hard to get around. This makes most food places off limits. Food courts tend to be in large centres, where the smells dissipate.
4. Peace and Quiet. Sounds odd, doesn't it, going to the biggest city in the UK for peace. Once you shut that door, in your hotel, it's peace, your own space, perfect.
5. It's cheap. Honestly! Four of us, one family room (which we've used before), £171. Add to that, we've ordered their oyster cards, which gives them half price travel on the tube, FREE travel on the London bus service. It honestly blows people away when we explain how inexpensive it can be, going to the big smoke.
6. The museums. Both boys are looking forward to the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. Both free days out, with donations requested, within your budget. We can grab sandwiches and snacks from a local supermarket, to eat in one of the parks, that is an extremely cheap and exciting day out.
Other than that little break, our days will be filled with lots of drives, Ajax's favourite thing to do. Hopefully RJ will get out with his friends, he's not going to spend the whole summer
shouting chatting to them, on his PS4!
Hopefully there will be a few Cardiff trips, I do love a day in Cardiff. Again, thanks to the museums and parks.........and coffee shops! There will also be some swimming trips and library trips, we do love a good library.
So, what are your summer plans?
Are you planning any exciting holidays, or days out?
I'd love to hear, I might get some ideas.