Disability might be limiting in so many ways but this does not mean that people with disability cannot travel. Just like in the saying that disability is not inability, people with disabilities are just like any other persons. They may not walk, see or hear but they have brains and interests similar to normal people. Many have a lot of fun travelling with their families and friends. If you are a person traveling with a disability here are some tips to make your travelling experience easier.
- Always plan your trip in advance. If you need supplements to help you cope with the new environments then you will need to get the supplements ahead of time. If you are using a wheelchair, you will need to have checked or fixed to ensure that it will serve you while you are away. You don’t want to be stranded in a new country or state and not know how to fix your wheelchair. Visit a dentist or even opticians for checkups early enough to avoid a last minute rash. Leaving everything to be done at the eleventh hour can be bad because you are most likely to forget the most essential things and in turn ruin your vacation.
- There are agencies that cater for the needs of those persons living with disability. Because they work with this group of people from time to time they understand their needs better. As a person with disability, you can save yourself a lot of troubles by booking for your travel through such agencies. There are so many things that you can benefit from by using an agency that caters for disability needs. Most of these agencies will arrange for a wheelchair at the airport and guide you to a wheelchair accessible hotel room.
- You need to have the number of the travel agencies in both your place and the destination where you are going. The numbers for the travel agencies specializing in people with disability in your destination will come in handy, just in case you cannot reach the travel agency back at home.
- When travelling, people with disabilities may need to rent a handicap scooter, wheelchair, handicap van or vehicle. These arrangements should be done prior to the travel date. Waiting until you reach your travel destination is a recipe for disaster.
- Just because you are working with a travel agency does not mean that you stay back and relax. Do not leave anything to chance. You need to check all the arrangements that your travel agents make. Call the airlines, hotels and even medical equipment rental companies if need be. This is very important, especially if you have special needs like oxygen.
- As a person with disability, you may not be able to move as fast as needed. You will need to arrive earlier at the airport, even if it means staying there for some time before departure time. This is much better than missing the flight.
- If you are on drugs, learn the names of the pills that you are taking. You don’t want to be taken into an emergency room and you have no idea of the name of the medications you are taking. This is important. It helps the doctors or paramedics assist you much faster.
- It is a great idea to travel will someone who understands your needs better. This can be a family member, friend or even a medical nurse. If you have no one accompanying you and you feel there is a need. You can talk to medical associations to recommend a travel assistant for you.
- Lastly information is very important. Go through books, guides and even articles talking about travelling with a disability. You will be surprised by the amount of help you get from reading.
Travelling doesn’t have to be a hassle if all the necessary preparations are done. It can be fun and it can also be an opportunity to bond more with your family. Travelling to new places and meeting new people may reawaken you to believe more in your abilities. Travelling with a disability is possible and there are so many agencies that are only waiting for you to make a phone call and they make your travel experience a great one.