Today on the blog I have the pleasure of welcoming Lizzie from A Curious Journey. In the latest of my Best and Worst Holidays Series, Lizzie is going to share with us their worst and best holidays as a family.
Worst Holiday – A Curious Journey
We’d only been in Germany with our almost-two-year-old a couple of hours when we realised we’d made a terrible mistake.
My husband J and I have always loved travel holidays so when I came across a blog post about an amazing adventure to the Bavarian Forest by a family with two young boys, I copied the entire thing.
We flew into Munich and had to get a bus and two trains to our holiday apartment, near the Czech border. When we booked it, we thought our toddler, Big Bear, would love the adventure on public transport. We could get a free travel pass for buses and trains throughout the Bavarian Forest to cover our week’s stay. We were going to have a great time exploring all the free wildlife parks in the area, I thought.
What we hadn’t taken into account was the fact that Big Bear, who has additional needs, wasn’t walking yet and refused to stay still. Spending hours on buses and trains was far from ideal. He would get frustrated and start crawling up and down the train aisle, meaning J and I had to take it in turns to follow him. He hated being contained, so the walks with the buggy through the forest that I’d dreamed about were a no-no. We tried a couple of times and then gave up. Likewise, all he wanted to do at the wildlife parks we went to was crawl around, which was completely impractical. We had been overly ambitious. It was a brilliant place, and I’d love to go back, but it’s one for a few years down the line.
We learned our lesson and three-and-a-half years later we had our best family holiday.
Best Holiday – A Curious Journey
Last summer we took our two boys, age five and two-and-a-half, who both have additional needs, to Higher Lank Farm in Bodmin, Cornwall.
We’d left booking our summer holiday until quite late and it was whilst browsing another travel blog that I found Higher Lank Farm. I was blown away by its friendly, informative website and inclusive attitude.
It can be really difficult to find holidays that are suitable for a family like ours. Both our boys have global developmental delay and hypermobility. Big Bear is being assessed for autism. Higher Lank Farm ticked lots of boxes for us.
The farm had an available cottage in August with three bedrooms (essential for us with Big Bear’s early morning starts) and five star reviews on TripAdvisor. I booked it straight away and, hands down, it’s the most relaxing holiday we’ve had as a family.
It specialises in providing holidays exclusively for families with children under 12. It’s a great holiday for families with additional needs because the kids can help out with the animal feeding each morning. It creates a little routine for them and a sense of responsibility.
Other activities include a welcome tractor and trailer ride followed by a high tea. There is also a pony and trap ride and plenty of play areas to keep little ones entertained. The pièce de résistance is the indoor pool and hydrotherapy jacuzzi and sauna.
Whilst we would still dearly love to explore more of the world, for now we have found a holiday formula that works for us and we’ve booked another working farm for this summer.
Thanks so much to Lizzie for sharing their very different holidays. Lizzie, as mentioned, is a blogger from A Curious Journey. She writes about parenting, life, and travel for parents of young children with additional needs. Lizzie can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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