Travel is an incredible experience.
But it comes with many challenges, which can be compounded when you’ve got a disability.
Don’t let this deter you from travelling – our 10 terrific travel tips will set you on the right path.
You should research your destination in advance, in particular what the accessibility will be like. This way, you’ll know what to expect and can plan ahead in order to ensure that getting around is as smooth an experience as possible.
Talk to your doctor
You should go and see your doctor before your trip, so that they can carry out a medical check-up. They’ll also be able to give you some sound health advice to help you overcome the practical problems posed by particular destinations.
Find accessible accommodation
Accessible holiday accommodation is designed with disabilities in mind – it has the features and facilities you need to enjoy a comfortable and convenient stay. You can find accessible accommodation on Holiday cottages.
As with any other holiday, things can go wrong on a carefully planned accessible trip. However, you can minimise the disruption by preparing for the unexpected and being flexible. For example, selecting back-up activities in case favourites fall through for any reason.
Google Street View is a godsend when you’re assessing the accessibility of a destination and planning your route. You can use it to locate any menacing cobblestone paths, bothersome hills and steep staircases, and plan your perfect detour.
Explain your needs
In an ideal world, you’d be able to tell a tour company or hotel what your disability is and be sure that they’ve understood and can cater for your needs. But we’re not there just yet, so it’s therefore a good idea to clearly spell out your requirements in advance to avoid disappointment.
Uber is an excellent transport option that gets you from A to B with ease. Simply use the app to find your current location, type in your destination and let the app and your driver do the rest. You can download the Uber app on the official website.
Learn the lingo
If you’re travelling to a country where English is not the native language, you should try to learn some basic lingo – even knowing enough to be able to ask for help and assistance is a bonus.
Travelling with friends is great, but travelling with apps is fantastic! There are so many apps out there with fabulous features that will help you combat both common and obscure travel challenges. Head online, check out the reviews and make your selection.
Drive to the airport
When you’ve got a disability, the last thing you want is to use crowded public transport where there’s no guarantee that you’ll get a seat – you’re much better off driving. SkyParkSecure.com has airport parking deals for Birmingham and other British hubs – book before you leave.
Follow these 10 tips and you’ll be able to enjoy an awesome and accessible trip.
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