The weather is glorious this week and we are fast approaching the traditional summer holiday season. Travel can be stressful for anybody but it’s particularly difficult if you have a disability. When you’re at home, you’ve learned to deal with all of the challenges that come with your disability but if you’re travelling to another country, you don’t know if things are going to be accessible and whether people will be as accommodating as they are at home.
People don’t often realize that simple things they take for granted are difficult for people with a disability and that means that travelling with a disability can be tough, especially if you’re travelling solo. However, you shouldn’t let that stop you from seeing all of the places that you want to see because, with proper planning, you can still have an amazing trip. These are some of the best tips for travelling with a disability.
Research The Law Re Travelling With a Disability
In this country, it’s a legal requirement that anywhere that has toilet facilities must offer an accessible toilet for people with disabilities as well. Unfortunately, that isn’t going to be the case in every country that you visit. Most places in Europe will have the same laws but if you venture outside of Europe, there is always the chance that there won’t be any disabled toilet facilities and that can be a problem. That’s why it’s important that you do your research beforehand and see what the laws surrounding accessible toilets are so you know what the situation is likely to be.
The same goes for ramp access because in some countries, there may not be any rules or regulations in place. If that is the case, you might find that there isn’t good access to a lot of the tourist attractions that you want to visit and you’ll have to look into making other arrangements.
Get Good Insurance
Insurance is so important if you have a disability that can cause regular health issues. If you are in need of medical attention while you’re away, you don’t want to be stuck with a big bill at the end of it. Travel insurance with medical cover costs less than £10 for a week so it’s definitely worth getting. You should also look into mobility scooter insurance if you use one because you could find yourself in a difficult situation if you have a problem with your scooter. Insurance is relatively cheap but it can save you a lot of money if something goes wrong, so make sure that you always have cover when you travel.
Look For Support Groups
There are always disability groups that offer support to people and you should try to find some before you go. If you contact them, they will be able to give you a lot of advice on things like accessibility and give you tips on where to go and how to get around easily etc. These are great resources that you should take advantage of because they will make your travel experience so much easier.
Of course, travelling with a disability doesn’t always mean a physical disability or a physical disability that is “obvious”. There are many hidden disabilities to consider and thankfully many airports and venue are able to offer additional support. Check on this in advance.
Travelling with a disability can be tough but you shouldn’t let that stop you from doing the things that you want to do.