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Everyone deserves some time off to relax, unwind and enjoy a holiday. That’s why we run Afford Getaways, bringing supported, accessible holiday options for people of all abilities.

Mark has been an Afford member since he joined our Ingleburn ADE where he performs tasks like quality control and packing. He loves his job and he saves up his money to go on some of our amazing Afford Getaways.

Since joining the Afford community, Mark has taken an avid interest in trying new activities and joined in many of our getaways. He travelled to Disneyland in August 2017 and a Tasmania Cruise in November 2017. He loved Disneyland so much that he went back again this year in August.

His positive and energetic personality means that with the support of Afford’s Lifestyle Assistants, Mark has the confidence to try new things and take on new experiences in his travels.

The holidays were an eye-opener for Mark and it’s expanded his knowledge of the world around him. The first time he travelled to Disneyland was an unforgettable experience for him. It was his first time travelling overseas. The excitement of his first overseas flight, looking around and realising he is in America was such a thrilling experience, it’s still palpable to him.

“I loved travelling to Disneyland. It was a ten year dream that I had and I had such a great time going on the rides, seeing the movie characters and having fun with my friends. This year, when I went back for the second time, it was still just as awesome.”

The holidays were a learning experience for Mark. He learnt so much about travel, how to unpack and pack his suitcase, remembering to take all essentials with him. He learnt about currencies and time zones. After seeing the homelessness in the U.S he says that he feels very fortunate to have food, to have a home and to have a job where he can earn money.

It’s astounding to see how much his confidence has grown. Mark has become so much more independent since he began travelling with Afford Getaways.

The life skills he is learning will help him in every facet of life.

Mark gave a wonderful piece of advice for any other first time overseas travellers “Just do it, take a step and believe in yourself and follow your dreams and enjoy it”