Margalit Sturm Francus, Autism TravelingMom

Margalit Sturm Francus, Autism TravelingMom

Margalit Sturm Francus has lived in five different countries on three continents, where she exposed and educated her own children about the world through. In 2009, she established a nonprofit website, Autistic Globetrotting, to inspire and encourage autistic families to explore the world. Her articles have appeared in many media publications, including The Friendship Circle, SATH, HuffPost and Blogher. By communicating with both the autistic and travel communities, she aims to raise autism awareness and facilitate the implementation of much-needed accommodations for special needs travelers.


LA’s Hottest Ticket: The Pop-Up Museum of Ice Cream

Have you ever wanted to swim in a pool of ice cream sprinkles? If so, you will definitely want to check out the Los Angeles’ hottest ticket: the new (and temporary) Museum of Ice Cream. The Story Behind the Museum of Ice Cream When Maryellis Bunn was a child, she had a dream. She wanted to swim in a pool of sprinkles that come with ice cream. In 2016, she made this dream come true when she opened her first Ice Cream Museum in New York City, complete with a pool of sprinkles. The pop-up museum turned out to...

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Which Walt Disney World Park is Best for Kids with Autism?

Although all Walt Disney World parks are geared towards families, some may suit kids with autism better than others. By reading this post and taking their child’s sensory challenges into account, parents can decide which park is best suited for their family needs. Just this month, several parents have approached me asking which of the four main theme parks in Walt Disney World is the best for kids with autism. The short answer is that they all are. Disney does an excellent job of accommodating all persons with disabilities, including children and adults with autism. With that said, some parks may...

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Disney Disability Pass Works for Autism. Mostly.

It takes careful planning, but with the Disney Parks Disability Pass, our son with autism was able to enjoy Walt Disney World. The Disney Disability Access Service Card meant that we were able to enjoy the Disney Parks rides with minimal waits. By the end of our Disney World vacation, we even got a bonus. Our son agreed to finally start wearing a watch. Disney Disability Pass Disney revamped its Disability Pass system to discourage misuse by unscrupulous visitors who wanted to cut long lines by feigning disabilities. The new system is aimed at stopping the abuse as well as...

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Why Families should Put Downtown Los Angeles on Their Travel Bucket List

Many visitors to the City of Angels don’t realize that its colorful downtown area is filled with history and spots to explore.With its museums and plentiful food venues, the revitalized neighborhoods should be on every traveler’s  bucket list. Read on for a sampling of the best things to do with kids in Los Angeles. Things to Do with Kids in Los Angeles – Downtown Downtown Los Angeles always has something happening. Although in the past it has been unsafe for families, Downtown Los Angeles is experiencing a revival. Places are cheaper to stay, and the new metro system allows...

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Exploring Long Beach California with Kids

The city of Long Beach, California is definitely one of those underrated spots, visitors in LA can enjoy and explore. For families seeking a destination to stay in close to  LAX ,the  city’s airport and port of Long Beach  the city is nothing short of a treasure trove! Read why you should explore Long Beach with kids.   Exploring Long Beach with Kids Travelers seeking to enjoy a relaxed weekend getaway outside of the busy Los Angeles area should consider visiting the city of Long Beach. The city features affordable hotels alongside great restaurants and beach proximity. Also, visitors...

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A Rainy Day at Disney – Tips for Visiting Disney Parks in the Rain

So you spent months planning the perfect summer Disney Parks vacation, flying or driving for hours to get there – only to be greeted by a rainy day. No need to be too disappointed. In central Florida, storms are part of the daily weather pattern during the summer months. Since even a little rainy weather can put a crimp in your vacation style, use these tips to plan ahead. Pack clothing that dries quickly. The best clothes for a rainy day in the parks in the summertime are those made of thin synthetic or cotton blend fabrics that dry quickly. This...

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Family Fun at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel

The Knott’s Berry Hotel is a great place to stay with your family while visiting the area of Buena Park. Visitors will find plenty of quality amenities, like free parking, a pool with a kids” splash zone, and delicious food just two minutes from Knott’s Berry Farm.   The Knott’s Berry Farm  Hotel, located at 7675 Crescent Ave in Buena Park, California, boasts 320 rooms, including 15 themed Snoopy suites that kids will enjoy. The hotel provides a convenient overnight stay for those wishing to visit Buena Park with its theme parks like Knott’s Berry Farm and Soak City as...

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Family Fun Day in Avalon Catalina

Known to the locals simply as Catalina, Santa Catalina sits southwest of Los Angeles and is one of the many islands bordering Southern California’s coastline. The island is famous for its outdoor activities and wildlife, attracting thousands of visitors, including families and outdoor adventure seekers, on a yearly basis. After over two decades of living in LA, we finally decided it was time to explore the island of Santa Catalina and find out first hand what the hype was about here. Since we were only visiting Catalina for the day and because our son with autism is somewhat temperature intolerant, we...

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What You Need to Know Before You Go to Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the venue for the Summer Olympic Games in August 2016, is an exciting, exotic destination. But it can be a challenge for tourists. Its well-deserved reputation as a dangerous spot and the difficulty finding locals who speak English are just two of the challenges. These travel tips from a European native who has visited can help smooth the rough spots. Rio de Janeiro, the shining star of Brazil, boasts some iconic attractions, chief among them the Christ the Redeemer statue and the world-famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Those sites, plus the chance to see the...

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Knotts Berry Farm Brings the Old West to Life for Families

Knotts Berry Farm is not only the first theme park built in Southern California, but a trailblazer when it comes to interactive entertainment and rides for families. The Buena Park park is an excellent choice for families aiming to introduce their kids to the Californian Old West in an enjoyable way.   As the brainchild of a struggling Buena Park farmer born and raised in California, Knotts Berry Farm owes its existence to Walter Knott, his wife and an act of brilliant entrepreneurship. In addition, it involves the last six experimental plants of Rudolph Boysen ,who thought of crossbreeding blackberries,...

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