being on benefits and travelling abroad.

williewonder
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edited 12 January at 2:36PM in Benefits & tax credits
Let's say I spend 26 days in Sri Lanka, I've not overstepped the 28 day threshold. How long should I be back in the UK before I travel abroad again? Could it be a couple of days in the UK or should I wait a month then travel again for 26 days? My affordability isn't that much, probably 4 holidays a year if I don't go with my support staff and I travel independently. Or two holidays a year if I go with my support staff and I'm only limited to 10 days. I prefer to travel over the winter months. 26 days in Sri Lanka isn't that expensive. I wish I could go for more.

I want to get as much traveling in as possible as my MH will deteriorate in the future according to my psychiatrist with these ongoing manic and psychotic episodes I keep having, but at the moment it is under control but he says each one damages the brain. 
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  • HillStreetBlues
    HillStreetBlues Posts: 3,079
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    edited 10 January at 10:52PM
    As you will have returned to GB, you can get the next flight back out again. (if claiming HB you might have to return to property for a day to show that you are still living there, but unsure of this)
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  • williewonder
    williewonder Posts: 344
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    My deputy wouldn't know. 

    I thought this group was to be nonjudgemental.
  • elsien
    elsien Posts: 32,260
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    I am not being judgemental. It’s your money to do what you want with, but it does help if you also consider how posts can look to other people. 
    You’ve had answers on here before with people not believing your situation. I’m just suggesting that maybe you give more information sometimes than you need to and that can trigger the replies that do start to judge or put you down as someone who is exaggerating. 

    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
  • williewonder
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    I'm not good at reading emotion.
  • williewonder
    williewonder Posts: 344
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    yes I'm still on a CTO. Yes I tell my psychiatrist without the CTO framework I will refuse to take the medication. That doesn't stop me going on holiday if I'm well. They wouldn't let me go if I was unwell. They can stop the funding anytime.
  • williewonder
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    I do think I come across as insensitive but I have no platform to discuss my holidays outside of forums. Even on forums I can't talk about my holidays. I can't go on too much about holidays to my support workers, unless one of them is accompanying me. My holidays is the only thing I have in life and it's hardheardly agreed by my support team they keep me well and out of hospital so my holidays are supported by my community nurse and social worker and supported living manager.

    The care staff are not supportive. I can't post all my holidays on my fb page. If Ii talk about holidays I get asked how do I afford them and then I'm accused of bragging. I'm sure many people on benefits go on holidays. I'm lucky as there is only me and I like budget holidays.
  • Jyana
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    Finding ways to discuss any holidays in a more healthy environment is sound advice, and as other posters say, certainly more productive and more personally beneficial to you than rehashing ways to phrase more or less the same questions you have brought up dozens of times now across the net.

    I do understand the extreme swings life has dealt you, as I'm sure many others do too due to your open and frank postings over the years, and you do have a lot to cope with at times. But as Muttley says above, it's only your support system that can really inform you whether this plan is possible, so you need to work, and budget, with them if you want this to happen.
  • sammyjammy
    sammyjammy Posts: 7,291
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    I think 26 days in Sri Lanka with presumably huge insurance costs is hardly a budget holiday.

    Your circumstances mean you have a large income with few outgoings, there will always be "winners and losers" in the benefit system, I think the best thing you could do on benefits and tax credits bard is keep your question simple and about the specific benefit question, anything else is for another board/forum.
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