Nowadays, exploring the world is more of an option than ever before thanks to many affordable travel agencies for disabled people. These companies make traveling both convenient and simple for most people. It’s also a great way to spend time with a partner. However, it’s not always smooth sailing when you want to travel, especially if it’s with another person with disabilities.
To help make it easier, Disabled Mate has rounded up 7 useful travel tips that are bound to make your next vacation more enjoyable.
- Choose the right location
Most people have their own list of favourite places they’ve always wanted to visit. However, as a disabled person, you also have to take your physical disability, and that of your partner’s, into consideration and then choose a destination accordingly.
You’re probably well aware of the fact that some tours, such as the ones that include climbing mountains or going on difficult hike trails, are simply off limits. Therefore, choose a location according to both your personal needs, because that’s the best way to take the most out of your vacation and time together.
- Research the place you want to visit
Unfortunately, disabled travellers can’t afford the luxury of not getting properly informed about their destination before making the journey there. The sad truth is that there are a lot of cities that are simply not suited for disabled people.
You can both still visit these places, of course, but you should research them first to see which parts of the town are most accessible to you and your other half.
Also, you should see if the place has a proper a healthcare provider that can assist either of you if something happens to you during your stay.
- Pick the right hotel for your needs
Research also applies to hotels, apartments, hostels etc. A lot of accommodation out there isn’t equipped to host disabled guests. This can be a real nuisance. So every person with a physical impediment should make sure they know all about the hotel they plan on staying in during their vacation.
You shouldn’t be reluctant to pick the accommodation that will cater to yours and your partner’s specific needs. You don’t want romantic nights together to turn sour.
- Seek help from a travel agency about your disability
Perhaps you don’t feel comfortable with calling hotels and talking to their employees. Maybe you’re shy and your people skills aren’t that good. If any of these happens to be the case, you shouldn’t hesitate to seek help from your travel agency.
The people that work there are professional, and more importantly, they are trained to work with disabled tourists. Therefore, they will be able to find you a perfect hotel and a suitable transportation service, especially if there are two of you.
However, it’s paramount that you describe both your disabilities accurately and honestly. This is the only way a travel agent will be able to accommodate you properly.
- Take plenty of supplies, medications, and equipment
It doesn’t matter how well you plan your vacation, some things can always go wrong. You also might be prone to injuries and certain medical emergencies, and this might be the same for your partner. This is why you should always bring plenty of supplies, prescribed medications, and spare parts for your wheelchairs. You shouldn’t leave anything to chance.
- Hire a local guide
Some people don’t want to hire a local guide when they visit a certain city because they want to explore the location on their own. In most cases, this is perfectly fine. But you might want to consider hiring a local guide nevertheless.
First off, you don’t know which locations in the city are accessible to you and whomever you are travelling with. Secondly, if you want to avoid dangerous and awkward situations, it’s always best to consult a local travel guide. These men and women are professionals who are trained to help disabled visitors and make their stay pleasant and comfortable.
- Consider finding a travel buddy
Not everyone has a spouse with whom they can explore the world and visit the places from their bucket list. If not, it might be worth finding a travel buddy to help you avoid some potentially dangerous situations. For instance, if you bring a close friend with you, he or she can help you if something unexpected and unpleasant happens during your vacation.
By Disabled Mate
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