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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Traveling with Gifted Friends

Traveling with Gifted Kids. Traveling with kids is always interesting.  Traveling with gifted and intense kids can be even more... interesting. Where to go? How to integrate with other families? How to deal with OverExcitabilities while traveling, theirs and yours? 

Don't miss our previous Blog Hops on related topics, including The Gift of Free Time and Gifted @Play.

If you'd like to read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for all our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Traveling the World with Intense Children Just Make It Happen by Kathleen Casper in One World Gifted
Our family used to not travel much at all. We had four kids under 12 years of age, and just enough income to manage to stay afloat without adding the extra costs of travel. But then one of my friends took me by the hand and made me stare into his eyes, as he told me to travel as often as possible, and to just make it happen. That no matter what sacrifices I had to make with the budget, I would regret not traveling while I was young enough to enjoy it, and while the kids were home and able to come too...
Helpful Tips for Successful Trips with Your Gifted Child by Matt Zakreski, School Counselor, The Grayson School
Traveling with a gifted child can be an exciting, immersive learning experience that stimulates new passions and areas of interest. If your child exhibits anxiety or excitability over the being in the car for a long time, or with plane travel, or just not being in their comfort zone of a familiar environment, it can be a challenge...
Traveling with Intense Kids by Catie, My Little Poppies
Traveling with intense kids is no small feat. One must tackle the planning, and the packing, and the travel itself. Then, there is the question of how to keep those intense children occupied and engaged while on your trip. Of course, you'd also like for those children to sleep. And then there is the aftermath. All good things must come to an end, and getting back into the swing of things after a fun vacation can be a bit of a challenge!...
Road Trip! by Heather, The Fringy Bit
Having 2 therapists in the family, we tend to communicate with all of Team Boorman above and beyond what is probably necessary. But, I do think this is the NUMBER ONE TIP for traveling with your gifted kids: ASK THEM WHAT THEY NEED AND WANT. Both in terms of the activities they want, and in terms of the things they need to keep travel successful.

In an effort to demonstrate the efficacy of this, Iíve picked my kidsí brains to help with this post. So, from the mouths of a few fringy babes . . . hereís what will help your next roadtrip with a gifted/2e kiddo be as successful as possible...
Travelling with gifted kids by Life at Tiffany's
Know when to walk away, and when to stick it out

I know, you paid all that money and came all this way. But sometimes, that thing you thought would be oh so fun is really just too overstimulating and loud and crowded. Sometimes, all of the preparations in the world can't overcome those overexcitabilities. If at all possible, leave and come back. Get some air, let little ears readjust, and take a deep breath. Take a minute to talk it out logically...
The Coming of Age of an Overexcitable Globetrotter by Jessie in CounterNarration
Travel isn't easy for the overexcitable -- not when we're kids, and not once we grow up. But the challenges my parents faced as they shepherded two intense children through Europe would transform in later travels into the type of dynamic energy that Kazimierz Dabrowski called the key to personality development. There's nothing like the expat life to channel overexcitability into growth!...
Traveling with Intense Children - It Can Be Done! by Heather in Wonder Schooling
We have 3 kids, two of whom have significant sensory sensitivities. We also have family scattered across about 20,000 miles, so we end up traveling. Long distances. With multiple children.

And it works. Some days are rougher than others. International flights with nursing, stranger-anxious twins comes to mind. Being stuck in traffic going through Staten Island with an inconsolable 8 month old also comes to mind -- as well as moments like when the contents of the sweet potato pouch squirted all over the stranger next to us on the plane. (Sorry!)....
How to have your best family vacation ever by Jen Campbell, repurposed genealogy
Put your own oxygen mask on first

It doesn't matter what it takes to help you have a better day, but it's important that you, as a parent start your day right on a family vacation. It is especially important if you aren't a morning person. (I'm not either, so I feel ya.) Last summer, to put on my oxygen mask first, I was done running by 6:30 am to shower, and get ready during our California vacation...

Traveling With The Quirky by Adventures of Hahn Academy
Traveling is a necessity since we live in TX and our immediate family lives in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Hawaii with friends and extended family living in many other states and countries. Despite having food allergies and sensitivities in the family combined with 2 family members being overthinkers, we still travel. In fact, traveling is part of our homeschooling and road schooling philosophy.

Roadschooling is literally homeschooling or learning on the road. And, we are notorious for doing that...

If you'd like to read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Updated December 01, 2020

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