We have traveled with Mitra to more than 8 countries – from Spain to Thailand and from Russia to India. There have been a lot of challenges during many of these trips when we had no idea how a trip with a challenging child would be different. There was a lot of stress, crying, screaming and exhaustion.
We tried to analyze each trip to understand what we could do different and to be honest, we almost gave up traveling together with her. That’s the time when they planed a trip to Lanzarote in her kindergarten (Mølleplassen spesialbarnehage). We were very unsure if we would let Mitra travel together with them. After conversation with the wonderful people there we made the decision that Mitra could travel with them. We were so nervous and had very strange feeling. To our big surprise, we got messages that she was very happy and relaxed and the whole trip went amazingly well. We talked to these wonderful people who were together with her and they explained us what they did and how the situation was.
We started to understand that we should concentrate more on planning and facilitation. We were so happy that we could again travel with our princess. We learnt our lesson: planing, planing and planing! We started searching for information but it was not that easy. A huge amount of information is available on Internet but much of that was not relevant or not up to date. That’s why I started writing myself. I would like to make the situation much easier for many other people in the same situation. This is how the idea for writing a short book (Air Travel Guide for Children with Intellectual Disability).
It is not my intention to become a millionaire by selling this book but I really want to share my experience with the others. Everybody should get the chance to travel; no matter if they have some disabilities or challenges.
I really hope that the others can take advantage of the information provided there. I know that the book is not perfect and I am dependent on comments and feedback to make it even better and more relevant.