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Visually Impaired Mom Gets Travel Tips From Those That Have Been There Done That

Picture of Vivian and kids with Olaf from the movie FrozenOK. Here it goes. I am a client at CVI in the New View Adult Rehab Program who has just finished Orientation and Mobility training and wanted to share a little of what I've learned. The most important, is to ask those who have "Been there, done that”. If you will be patient with me I will explain. Let me start by giving my reasons for taking O&M training. I moved to Georgia from New Jersey in 2013 because I wanted a better life for my three beautiful, energetic boys. I was lucky enough to have the support of my family and have a friend who moved here for the same reasons. She is also visually impaired so understood my concerns. However, her children are older and therefore share different interests. I wanted to know how to get to the Georgia Aquarium; The Museum of Puppetry Arts; The Georgia Zoo; Lego Land Discovery Center etc...

The first place I learned was how to get to the Georgia Aquarium. "There are several ways to get to the aquarium," my friend said. However as a mother, herself, she knew safety was my top concern. She asked when I would be going and what time I would most likely leave. I explained how we like to “close a Place down.” She went on to say that it would be best to walk to Baker and take an immediate left without crossing Baker at that point because the streets on the opposite side are broken and not well lit. I was to cross Baker when I reached Olympic Park and then cross Olympic Park. The Aquarium would be on my right. I was to take the same route to go back home. Since then I have learned other ways to get to the aquarium but my friend was right. This is the best way for me to go and also the safest.

Picture of Vivian and her 3 young boysJust because this works for me, does not mean it will be the same for you. There is a lot of walking involved in using this rout which is why I encourage all to ask a few people who have "been there, done that". Tell them what you are looking for when you travel. Also, it is beneficial to seek out one who will understand your situation. I asked a fellow mother who knew my concerns. Safety is the most important when traveling with children. Another point is to decide if it’s even worth taking the trip yourself. Is it better to take MARTA Mobility or Uber? Sometimes this may be a better solution. There are many ways to get where you want to go. Remember, as long as you are honest with yourself, you are your greatest and most reliable traveling companion. Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts with you and as always, Happy Trails to all.

So, how do you travel? There are always multiple ways to get around and which ways do you find the best? If traveling with children how do you travel? Do you walk; use public transportation, cab, Uber, friends or family? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below.