UK airports need to step up their assistance for those with autism

  • 13 Aug, 2015
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UK airports need to step up their assistance for those with autism

ASD & airports study

Over 80% of parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder responded that the airport experience is a particularly daunting one in a recent survey conducted by Airport Parking Shop. Children with autism are likely to find airports very problematic, which is unsurprising given that it is a scenario far removed from everyday life. Queuing, security, announcements, crowds and more can all combine to make it a pretty overwhelming experience for anyone with ASD, but in particular children.

We asked parents of children with ASD to give us some insights into the particular issues that they face when taking a child through the airport, some of their tips to get through it, and what they think airports should be doing to help make this journey easier for them. Read More

Trains, dinos, and ice cream! The best museums for children

  • 14 May, 2015
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Trains, dinos, and ice cream! The best museums for children


Children's Museums

There are two great events coming up – the International Day of Families on May 15th and International Museum Day is on May 18th, and so to celebrate these two worthy occasions we’ve put together our top 10 best museums for children, worldwide!

Museums might inspire a groan from the kids, but they really don’t have to be boring; in fact, at some of these museums you might have trouble getting them to leave!

Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg, Germany

Miniatur Wunderland

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Home of the largest model railway in the world, with 930 trains alone, this is a must-see for any train fan or indeed anyone who enjoys scale models in general. It is split into several areas, including Harz, Scandinavia, Hamburg, and the Knuffingen Airport. Read More

Destinations Travel and Holiday Show

  • 03 Feb, 2015
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Destinations Travel and Holiday Show

Destinations Show

On a bitterly cold Friday we headed up to the London Olympia to attend Destinations, a holiday and travel show in association with The Times. Unfortunately, I was not there to book a holiday, as exciting at that would be, but there on a press pass to get ideas about what’s happening in travel right now and thoughts for future content. We were also hoping to chat to some official tourist boards – they often have local people there representing the country which is alway fascinating.

We arrived pretty early and it was still quite empty with lots of people still setting up their stands, so we took advantage of this and scoped out the show. It was divided loosely by region and then a whole section was dedicated to adventure and outdoor travel, so there was a lot to take in. Read More

Have breasts, will travel – less than 40% of airports confirm breastfeeding facilities

  • 27 Jan, 2015
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Have breasts, will travel – less than 40% of airports confirm breastfeeding facilities

Young mother breast feeding her baby at home

It’s 2015. It’s the year that Back to the Future suggested we would have hoverboards and flying cars. This may not be the case, but it’s certainly about time airports came into the 21st century, and we headed to Twitter to find out if that was the case.

Firstly, we wanted to check out if UK and Ireland airports were loud and proud tweeters, or simply the begrudging “we tweet because we have to” kind of crowd. Secondly, we didn’t just want to ask them some benign question that no one cares about, we wanted to ask them something that really mattered. Something that is not obvious from a quick trip to their website.

So we asked 28 UK and Irish airports via Twitter:

“Do you have dedicated mother and baby rooms for nursing mums?”

The results, needless to say, were very interesting. Take a look at our summary of airport facilities according to their responses, and discover exactly what we found out. Read More