When you have accessibility issues, travelling can be trickier. Depending on the kind of medical condition or health issue that you have, navigating around a new country or even booking the trip in the first place can come with some obstacles. For this reason, you might need some tips to help you make any travel plans a success.
To help you with this, we have gathered some of our best accessible travel tips for any trips that you might be taking once the government says that it is safe to do so. Find out what these tips are below.
Contact Your Airline
The first accessible travel tip that we have for you is to make sure that you are contacting your airline before you go. If you have any issues, you need to let them know in advance so that they are able to cater for you. For example, if you are in a wheelchair, they will need to arrange for you to be lifted to the plane or for a tunnel to be there on the day. If you require a certain seat on the plane, this can also be arranged in advance. Make sure to contact your airline and they will probably do what they can to help.
Find the Right Hotel
In the same way that an airline will do what it can to help you get what you need to travel, a hotel will typically do the same. For example, if you have any issues with climbing stairs, the hotel staff might arrange for you to stay in a room on the ground floor or near to a lift. They might also be able to make some changes to how they operate to ensure you are comfortable during your stay. It is a good idea to contact the hotel before you go and check this. Some hotels might be more accommodating than others.
Get Medical Travel Insurance
If you are planning a trip once it is safe again to travel, it’s worth thinking about getting some travel insurance. This is especially important if you have pre-existing health conditions, see the medical travel insurance from Staysure for a good example of the kind of policy you could get. You must always make sure to declare any conditions that you have to ensure that you are adequately covered should anything go wrong when you are abroad. Failing to do this could cost you and affect any claims that you make.
Read Up on The Location
The next tip that we have for you is to spend some time reading up on the location before you go. The last thing you will want to do is choose a destination that is not accessible and that will not provide you with the best possible experience. For example, if you are in a wheelchair, you’ll want to avoid locations that require you to climb hills to get around. When reading up on the location, you should also spend time finding out about public transport. If you think you’ll have issues getting around, consider going somewhere else where you’ll be more comfortable.
If you are planning a trip that you will take once the government advises that it is safe to do so, you should make sure to take all of our tips on board. We know that those with accessibility issues can find it hard to travel but this doesn’t need to be the case. As long as you prepare for the trip and get in touch with all parties involved before you go, you can still have a great time!
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