Travel can be incredibly challenging when you have a disability, but with some careful planning and considerations, you’ll be able to enjoy a stress-free trip. Below you’ll find some handy tips about preparing for your travels, including booking accommodation and organising transport:
When booking accommodation for your trip, it’s a good idea to find out what types of access are offered for disabled people. This is especially true if you’re travelling abroad, as foreign countries might not have the same rules and regulations in place as the UK. Therefore, find out whether there’s disabled access to the ship, resort or hotel, and whether you’ll be able to move freely around the area, gaining easy access to restaurants, bars, beaches, swimming pools and so on.
You’ll also want to discuss the location of your bedroom with the travel agent too, asking to be located on the ground floor or near to a lift so you can access other floors. You’ll also need to query whether the bedroom will accommodate your wheelchair and whether the bathroom is designed for disabled people, e.g. does it have grab bars?
Equally, if you’re not taking your wheelchair with you, you may want to find out whether or not there are hiring facilities available at your destination.
Consider what your needs are going to be throughout your trip. For example, are you going to need help getting to the airport, how are you going to get from the airport to your accommodation and are there any stopovers you need to be prepared for? If you have an assistance dog, you’ll also need to find out what identification you may require and whether there are any quarantine regulations.
Knowing this in advance will enable you to make the right provisions so you don’t have to worry about them when you arrive at certain destinations. Some travel companies may offer assistance throughout your journey, or, if you’re travelling by road, you may want to look at wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) from companies such as Allied Vehicles Limited.
Booking Your Holiday
Once you’ve done all of the necessary research for your trip, you’ll be ready to book your holiday. But don’t forget to make sure you’ve got the right travel insurance, you’ve checked out the travel advice for the country you are going to and you’ve double checked that the people you are travelling and staying with are aware of your disability, so they can make all of the necessary arrangements for you.