Our Updated Travel Plans for 2020


When January arrived this year I was so excited for the months ahead. We had so much to look forward to, including a few holidays, special days out and time as a family. If you read my blog regularly then you would have seen the blogpost sharing all our plans for our summer holiday to Turkey. But of course, with the current circumstances and everything happening all over the world, it's looking likely that most of these plans are going to be cancelled. Of course we completely understand why it's going to happen, but that doesn't stop us feeling devastated!

I am sure there are many thousands out there who are in the same position as us though - especially with it currently being the Easter holidays when lots do travel. But what can be done in regards to these flight cancellations? Whether you spent years saving for that trip, or booked it at the last minute, you should of course be entitled to a refund, right? This is usually sorted through the company you booked your holiday with, but if you're unsure whether you're entitled to anything more Flightright can help. Their free compensation calculator can help you to find out whether you are entitled to compensation (and will then help you claim it with the help of their team of legal experts).

We currently haven't heard from our holiday company as our trip isn't until the very end of May, but I will definitely be checking back with Flightright regularly, as we're sure it isn't going to be happening. I understand we may be able to move our holiday to later in the year if this is the case, but I think we've decided now that if we can't go this year we're going to be asking for a full refund (we chose those dates specifically for the price, so can't travel any other time!).

As I said at the beginning of this post, we are absolutely gutted to not be going on this holiday, especially as it was going to be our first proper holiday in the sun as a family of five. But we have been looking into alternatives for later in the year. Possibly to somewhere a little closer to home and sprinkled with a little bit of magic and a mouse... Disneyland Paris of course! Not only would it bring some much needed joy after such a rollercoaster of a year, but it will definitely make up for not getting our big family holiday.

We aren't going to be booking anything just yet, but have everything crossed that the world becomes a little bit more normal as quickly as possible. I know a holiday being cancelled isn't the end of the world (especially with everything else going on), but when you've saved hard and have three excited children to let down, it is a bit rubbish isn't it?

Have you had to update your travel plans for 2020?
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Help your Child Recover from a Broken Bone


No matter how much you can protect your children and tell them not to do something, accidents can always happen. As a child myself I was happily playing on a slide with my siblings one minute and then one unfortunate movement later, I had fractured a bone in my leg! You shouldn't feel like a failure if this happens to you as a parent - most children are resilient enough to bounce straight back. But there are a few things you can do to help your child to recover quicker if a fracture or break does happen. In this post I am going to share a few of these, to hopefully give you some ideas and reassurance.

What to do after the Injury?
If your child required surgery or to be in a cast for a long time, then it's essential that you compete physiotherapy after. Physiotherapy is a vital stage because it ensures that there are no complications, by helping to restore function, increase strength, improve mobility, of course reduce any pain they might experience. It is advised to begin physiotherapy as soon as possible after the immobilisation period, as this will give the greatest chance of preventing complications. Timescales for this will differ depending on the injury, so it's best to seek medical advice on this.

Choose a physiotherapist that boasts all of the necessary qualifications and are exceptionally experienced, especially in post-fracture rehab. They are a whole host of different treatments available to help aid recovery, including strengthening exercises, flexibility exercises, massages, and gripping exercises. If you’re worried about the cost, it is worth looking into personal injury lawyers who offer top-notch legal solutions if the accident was not your fault.

What Can you do from Home?
After a big accident like this, then it is important to rest and relax as much as possible. Don't add any extra strain on the affected area (although this can difficult with very young children). Self-care is one of the most vital components when it comes to post-fracture rehab and plays an important role in recovery. Your child can of course take any needed pain medications if needed, but try not to rely on these too much. 

It might be that you need to adapt your home, and family routine, during this time too. Create a comfortable area for your child to relax in, and don't be afraid to provide more screen time than usual - it may stop them moving about too much! And definitely make sure you have in their favourite snacks, this will undoubtedly cheer anyone up during this difficult time.

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