Planning a trip isn’t easy and can be even more difficult if you are disabled.
Learn more about how to plan your next trip!
Travelling with a disability
For those with a disability, there are wider concerns to bear in mind which may require extra effort in the search for suitable accommodation and transportation. According to the Disabled Living Foundation (DFL), there are around 13.3 million disabled people in the United Kingdom. That equates to approximately 1 in 5 of the population. Having a disability has its challenges but should not be such a hindrance as to prevent you from traveling.
Getting into the mindset of being organized and positive is the first step. Nowadays, accessibility options abound for wheelchair users, and these options are constantly improving in many places. There are no issues that cannot be solved, but planning will reduce the likelihood of running into those problems in the first place.
Planning is the golden rule of most successful trips, with or without a disability. However, since traveling with a disability throws up many interesting challenges, planning thoroughly and in advance is all the more essential.
Once you have decided on a well-located place to stay, ensuring that you book in advance is important if getting an accessible room is a priority. When it comes to home exchanges, accessibility should not cause you to worry, as specific homes have been designed for people in wheelchairs, which means you’ll have no trouble getting around the house.
Travelling by air
When traveling long distances, taking a plane is the obvious choice but for some, it may be a daunting option since there are more considerations to take into account when you have a disability. Make sure that the airline is aware of what assistance you require at both the airport and on the plane so that they can arrange for suitably qualified staff to be in position and prepared to help. Booking an aisle seat is a smart choice, particularly if it is a long flight and you struggle walking to and from the toilet. Similarly to booking your accommodation in advance, the added benefit of booking your travel in advance is that it tends to cost less.
Remembering what to bring
Creating a checklist is the organized traveler’s first call to action. When traveling with a disability, there are a few extras that ought to be on the list aside from the inevitable suntan lotion and shampoo miniatures. Any medication that you require should be on the list and ensure that there is enough to last the duration of the trip away. Also, consider any necessary equipment you may need such as spare inner tubes and tools, a voltage converter and an adapter plug. These can be surprisingly easy things to overlook so making a checklist a few weeks in advance will allow time for inspiration and thoughts to occur to you of things you had better add to the list.
Having a disability should not restrict you from indulging in your wanderlust and enjoying the incredible experiences that traveling brings to people’s lives. However, taking the time to plan and be organized in the details, from making a checklist to arranging all elements of transportation to considering the itinerary of the trip will make the holiday go a lot smoother and help alleviate any of the worries. With the developments in accessibility that are continuously improving on an international level, the world is still your oyster.