Something that you don’t often see on travel blogs is talk about disabled travel. It’s usually not a topic that is covered and most people don’t give it a second thought. However, if you’ve ever travelled with a disability and something as simple as stair-free access isn’t available, then it can be quite problematic and even put you off travelling. So in this article, we’re going to offer some useful advice to travellers with disabilities so that they can enjoy travelling the world.
Funding your travels
As a disabled person, you may be eligible for certain types of benefits and funding such as wheelchairs or cheaper travel passes. It’s a good idea to see if any of the services you plan to use offer discounts or offers on travel-related amenities and services. To actually fund your travels, you may want to consider disability employment services to help you find suitable work for your needs. You may even be able to find remote work that you can do at home without the need to commute. This also allows you to work during your travels if you plan to stay out of the country for a long period of time. Since the majority of remote and freelance work can be done at home, your disabilities will likely have less of an impact while also opening up new opportunities.
Don’t be afraid to contact services
Something you’ll have to get used to when travelling with a disability is contact services, hotels, restaurants and even airports in advance to make sure that they’re capable of supporting you and your conditions. For instance, the most typical one to think about is stair-free access. You want to ensure that the locations you visit have stair-free access if you’re in a wheelchair or that they have a solution for your issues. While information can be found online, it’s often better to ask for support from the business directly.
Speak to your doctor before travelling
“Disability” is a wide umbrella term that can be used to describe a lot of things. One disability could be completely different from another and the support that you need may change completely. As a result, you’ll want to speak with your doctor before you travel to see if there will be any complications or issues that you’ll need to deal with before you leave. You should also consider any medication that you might need to take and also ask for advance prescriptions if you plan to be out of the country for a long period of time. Certain conditions may also require you to have a statement or document from your doctor which describes your disability and also lists important information regarding your situation.
Reduce the amount of travelling you might need to do
This means that you should try to avoid things like connecting flights and multi-stop or multi-vehicle travel routes. This is because the process of getting on and off different forms of transportation can be time-consuming and stressful if you’re in a wheelchair or have mobility issues. In some cases, simply taking a direct flight or route to your destination can be a lot easier to manage despite the extra cost. You may want to try and contact a specialist travel agent that is experienced in working with impaired travellers so that they can offer you real advice and assistance to ensure your holiday goes smoothly. Whether it’s pickling a unique location that is easily accessible for disabled travellers or helping to contact different airlines about their disability access options, it’s often the smartest choice when booking your travels.
Pack extra medication, spares and documents
We’ve already mentioned the importance of bringing a doctor’s statement with you, but it’s also vital to take extra medication, spares and documents. There have been some stories about wheelchairs being damaged during flights or while on holiday and it’s important that you have spares to repair it or even some kind of insurance to help you out. The last thing you want is to be immobilized because your wheelchair has broken or needs replacement parts. If you notice anything strange about your wheelchair then it’s vital that you speak to an attendant, authorities or your travel companions to ensure that you can get it fixed as soon as possible before any more damage comes to it. Just make sure that you plan for every possible scenario and don’t hesitate to bring extras to help you keep your disability aids in good shape.