I receive a multitude of email travel newsletters. Some people may consider it spam but I love to read them. For me it is like buying a lottery ticket - it's all about the dream.
Smarter Travel website recently sent me an article on adventure trips under $1000. Of course the price tag caught my eye but I had to laugh at the category of adventure travel. When you live with a child with ASD, everyday is an adventure. I wasn't ready to spend up to $1000 for more adventure.
Amusingly, I glanced through the article with its listing of the ten adventure trips. I admit several really got to me. Machu Picchu, Mt. Kilamenjaro, Alaska, San Francisco Bay, Quebrc. All of those locations were appealling. Each appealled to my adventurous spirit and my wallet. I have long dreamed of hiking Machu Picchu and Alaska; sailing the San Francisco Bay or kayaking with the whales. While I can't climb Mt. Everest, perhaps Mt. Kilamenjaro would do.
In reality, none of these options are likely to come true. I have a child with ASD and serious health concerns of my own. Though the descriptions read like a novel. Perhaps if I keep reading, I can make some of those dreams come true.
Just like a lottery ticket.
Even though we have family and children with ASD, we don't have to stop dreaming.