Packing in advance when you are well enough reduces the pressure. Make sure the accommodation is suitable, for example you may need adequate heating, nearby parking, wheelchair access or a lift. You may feel worse than usual after a journey and so be less able to tackle stairs, walking and general activity. Travel at off-peak times to avoid predictable traffic jams. Self-catering accommodation or a camper vehicle enables you to rest and get up when you like. Enlist help so that you can take most of your food with you to avoid using up energy shopping. Your holiday destination may be quieter if you go at an off-peak time of year.

If travelling is difficult, stay somewhere close to home or have a virtual holiday at home. You might like to base your virtual holiday in a particular place. Look at pictures of that place and eat appropriate foods (such as croissants, baguettes, garlic and cheese if you ‘go’ to France). Having decorations or pictures put up in your room changes the scene if you are up to the stimulation. Another possibility is to have a project holiday where you could spend a week at home learning about a particular topic, or doing something you enjoy. Short ‘holidays’ of a day or two may be easier to arrange and can be spread throughout the year. It is harder to switch off if you are still at home, but treat it as you would any other holiday. Although you can’t get away from your symptoms and limitations, you may be able to have a break from other difficult things.

Carers : Celebrations : Games : Parking Concessions : Quality of Life : Toilet : Travelling : Wheelchairs

YAO How To: Go Places and Meet People; InterAction 33; 2000; pages 28-30 Holidays – M.E. friendly ideas; Virtual Holidays; Travel and Severe M.E.