Travelling should be something everyone can experience and enjoy, although if you have a disability this can affect your ability to do what other people take for granted. That said, it’s still possible to come up with a realistic and practical plan to help you achieve your dreams and travel the world even in the face of such an obstacle.
1) Firstly, you should consider looking for disabled holiday reviews on sites like Guide to Access, and finding information that’s specific to travellers looking for accessible destinations. Reading reviews written by other disabled tourists will tell you all you need to know about whether or not your destination will be suitable.
2) Remember that you know your own needs and limits better than anyone else. If you are honest and realistic about what you’re looking for, you will be more comfortable and find it easier to do what you want to do when you’re away.
3) Don’t leave it until the last minute if you have specific needs. Book in advance to secure the accommodation and travel arrangements you need, and you can also save money.
4) Discuss any travel plans with your doctor to make sure you are prepared for any eventuality. You may need to carry extra medication with you, and possibly information about what medication you need to take on a regular basis so as to inform anyone who has to assist you.
5) Travelling by plane can be particularly difficult for people with limited mobility or any kind of disability. You need to ensure your airline is informed about your needs so they can make appropriate arrangements, possibly with airport staff too.
6) Make a personal checklist of all the essential items you will need for travelling and when you arrive at your destination. You can also let your hotel or other accommodation management staff know what you need them to provide, if anything, and check this is all prepared in advance.