Travel has been a huge part of my life. As a child, Saturday car rides were a tradition with my family. When I had my son I wanted to show him the world. After being diagnosed in 1995 with MS I thought my days of traveling were long gone. However, through the years, I have learned a trick or two to help me travel anywhere I want to go. Now with the world beginning to reopen travel is something I am slowly beginning to think about again.
Whether you are traveling with a visible or invisible disability it doesn’t have to be difficult. A few simple tips can go a long way.
Best Tips For Traveling With A Disability
Planning is key when you are traveling with a disability. Whether it’s renting a car, flying or staying in a hotel. Planning is a must. Call ahead to airlines to make sure they have someone available to help you get from gate to gate if you have to transfer. Check with hotels to see if they have accessible rooms with walk-in showers. Find out if car rental services offer cars with the necessary equipment to carry wheelchairs and/or scooters. Make sure if you are visiting a theme part you can rent scooters or wheelchairs.
In truth, planning is very important when traveling. Even more important is being clear about what you need. Make sure whomever you speak to you get names and positions. Also, be very sure you know and they know exactly what you need and expect.
This goes hand in hand with planning ahead. As you are planning do your research. Find out everything you can about where you are visiting. This includes what attractions are accessible, transportation options, and even tours. The more you know the easier it will be to get around and enjoy the things you can.
Work With a Travel Agent
An agent who specializes in working with disabled travelers can arrange every aspect of your trip including booking your airline tickets, tours, and restaurants. They can make sure to get the measurements you need, verify the hotels, resorts, or restaurants you’re interested in are accessible and provide other services to make sure you have a smooth trip and a comfortable stay.
Consider a Tour
Several travel operators offer both private and group trips for those with disabilities. These preset itineraries take into account exactly what your needs are so you don’t have to arrange anything yourself. Consider tours of museums, city tours, or even a food tour. Call ahead to see what is offer and to see what accommodations are available to you.