I once had a conversation with a friend of mine that own HotelHideout.com and he told me that it’s estimated that there are about 37.5 million people in the U.S with disability. However, disability should not hinder you from traveling. You just need to plan in advance and take appropriate measures to ensure a safe and successful travel.
Plan in Advance
Whether physical disability is temporary or permanent, challenges are the same. Although many countries require transportation, cruise ships and hotels to be ADA-compliant; do not assume that this will be the case everywhere. Therefore, conduct a research of your destination. If you realize that hotels or cruises for instance are not ADA-compliant, make appropriate arrangements in advance.
When planning a travel itinerary, try as much as possible to replicate the routine back at home. For instance, factor in the stamina of the person with disability. If the person with disability is more energetic in the morning hours, go sightseeing at that time. Additionally, avoid engaging in many activities in a day. Try to ensure that the routine resembles that of the person back at home as much as possible.
Buy the Right Insurance
Purchase a travel insurance that includes medical. It’s possible to have a travel insurance policy that covers financial losses only. It’s therefore important to ensure that you have an insurance policy that covers medical evacuation. This will help in case of a health emergency.
Choose a Travel Agent Carefully
Choose a knowledgeable and reputable travel agent that is willing to come up with an itinerary that works for a disabled person. A good agent will even advise you when selecting a hotel that is easily accessible and appropriate transportation. Choose an agent that will even help you select accessible destinations and attractions. This will make the overall travel experience better.
Make sure that you have packed everything that you will need during the trip. If you can borrow a wheelchair, don’t carry it. But, if this is not possible, carry it. Nevertheless, make sure that you have everything that will make the trip amazing for everyone.
Whether driving or flying, consider these tips and you will make traveling with disability easier for you and your loved ones.