A Guide To Disabled Travel, What You Need To Know

Disabled travel also known as accessible travel is the traveling by people who have disabilities. With this travel being on the rise, the industries involved with transportation are waking up to the special needs of travelers who are disabled by making the availability of accommodation and services more readily available.

At the same time, the information that is available on disabled travel is more readily available than it was in the past with most of this information made available by disabled travelers.

Disabled travelers are protected by the law in ensuring that they receive the same treatment as everyone else. This seems to be true on paper but in the real world, and especially in some foreign nations where regulations varies from place to place, this is far from the truth.

Accessible travelers more often than not face several challenges such as higher fares, prejudice, misinformation, inadequate facilities as compared to the rest. Below are some of tips that would prove to be quite useful for travelers

Health and Safety Tips For Disabled Travelers

  1. Be Clear and Specific On the Severity of Your Disability
    Always be clear and specific while giving details on your disability since not every service provider understands the medical terms or jargon of disabled travel. Be sure to inform the service providers of exactly what you can and cannot do so as to avoid a scenario whereby you downplaying the needs of your disability. This will also go a long way in ensuring that your accommodation is going to be smooth.
  2. Do Call Ahead
    Make sure to call ahead so as to allow your service providers make necessary arrangements, and also don’t forget to mention your needs while making your reservation. It is prudent to call a day or two prior to date of your arrival so as to confirm that the necessary arrangements for your accommodation have been or will be met during your arrival.
  3. Give Your Doctor a Detailed Description of Your Trip
    Your doctor will always give you proper ways of handling and dealing with the pitfalls of long flights and advise you on how to get the best medical care in the places that you will be visiting. On rare occasions, your doctor may even advice you to cancel your trip if he/ she is of the opinion that it would be unsafe for you to travel to your preferred destination.
  4. Try As Much As You Can To Avoid Connecting Flights
    Flying on a direct flight will definitely save you the hustle and time that it takes with connecting flights, but in the case where using airline toilets prove to be a bit difficult for you, then you might want to consider connecting flights to your destination.
  5. Don’t Forget To Have Your Doctors Phone Number and Details With YouIt is advisable to have with you a letter from your doctor that clearly explains your condition, special needs, likely complications and other relevant information. Also, ensure that you have a doctor’s number that can be reached any time of the day in the case of an emergency.

If you happen to follow these tips while traveling, then disabled travel need not be a hassle.

Limited Mobility Vacations – So Many Choices

Planning a limited mobility vacation has historically presented a unique set of challenges. There are many factors that need to be thought of even before looking at suitable holiday destinations. The requirements of people who can walk but only short distances will have to think about a different set of vacation requirements from someone in a wheelchair.

Limited Mobility Differences

People who can only walk a short distance need to make sure that there are no long or extended walks that have to be made as part of their vacation, or if there is an unavoidable walk then they need to check that there is limited mobility transportation available such as a wheelchair or scooter. Wheelchair users themselves have to consider the width of doors, barrier free doors and manoeuvring space both at their vacation destination as well as their mode of transportation, whether that is an aircraft, ship, train or car etc. A powered wheelchair doesn’t really have to worry about distances so much but both sets of limited mobility travellers will have to consider staircases when they look at vacation destinations.

Limited Mobility Vacations

Budget is another influential factor when considering limited mobility vacations. There are a number of companies that specialize in catering for limited mobility clients. Travel can be arranged from the holidaymaker’s home to the airport, docks or direct to the destination depending on the location. These types of holidays usually carry around a 50% premium over a standard vacation booking.

For the more budget conscious there are an ever increasing number of options available today, largely thanks to the Internet and being able to research and communicate particular requirements prior to booking the vacation.

There are beach front condo’s available in California that are equipped with lifts, where it is very normal to see people using electric scooters to travel around. There are numerous places advertised on the East Coast, an example is a waterfront home in Connecticut which boasts peace and tranquillity as well as having an elevator to make it easy to get around the house. Even popular holiday destinations such as Disneyworld in Florida are suitable for people with limited mobility. There is a hotel within the amusement park itself which is very accessible as well as numerous modes of transport that can be hired to make moving around no problem.

People who are looking to go further afield still have a huge amount of choice in limited mobility vacations. Websites such as VillaRental.com have Villa’s for rent in the U.S, Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii. Each Villa will differ, although many of them are single level villas with elevators, some also having large shower rooms with benches and handrails etc.

American and European airlines are able to fly people with limited mobility without a problem these days, so really anywhere in the world is an option as long as the proper research and communication is carried out prior to booking. Most 4 or 5 star hotels anywhere in the world have limited mobility access but there are some places around the world where a vacation could be problematic, especially parts of Asia and Africa.

Limited mobility vacations are available all across the globe and having so much choice the only difficult decision is choosing where to go first.