7 Traveling Tips for People with Special Needs
By Abi Cool |
Traveling with a visible or invisible disability doesn’t have to be difficult. Follow our tips to enjoy discovering the world!
DINKtravelers, your world travel guide, is an inclusive world of endless possibilities. For this reason, for us, traveling should be a privilege for a few. On the contrary, it’s the perfect cure for ignorance, exclusion and discrimination. Therefore, out website has published articles about LGBT tourism, about understanding surprising cultures such as the Massai in Kenya, and today we’ll talk about traveling for the disabled.
Traveling is a lot when you take your time to look at it critically. Most times, people actually travel because they need to for business meetings. Even at that, traveling can be fun and interesting. It is important to note that traveling is more than your journey to your destination. It encompasses all that you do from when you take off to what you do while you are at your travel destination as well as your trip back. If you do not take the necessary steps, traveling can be very stressful, tasking and hectic, particularly if you have special needs. Traveling with a visible or invisible disability doesn’t have to be difficult, so a few tips can go a long way.
Reasons for Accessible Travel
People with special needs also have business appointments meet ups. They also love to enjoy holidays outside their current residential areas, so they also travel via planes, cars, trains and ships. Nowadays, there are actually cars for the disabled. These cars are designed in such a way that people with certain disabilities will be able to use them. Thanks to these inventions, people with special needs do almost everything an average person does. The only difference is that they usually need something irregular to enable them go about what they need to do. For example, an average blind person can read well with the aid of braille and adequate teaching. Also, individuals without certain limbs can still go move about with the aid of special wheel chairs. In that same way, people with special needs or disabilities can also travel if given adequate assistance. Before we talk about helping people with disabilities, they must be willing to help themselves. Here are seven traveling tips you can put to practice if you have special needs. By following these tips, you will save yourself from the stress of traveling and enjoy your travel to the fullest.
#1 Get adequate information about your prospective travel destination
It is easy to get all excited about a particular travel destination for a number of reasons. It may be because it is the rave of the movement. It may be because it is the place to go for a particular purpose, probably for religious, cultural, educational or other specific purposes. It may also be because of the fact that it has tons of tourist attracting features. It will be in your own good to have comprehensive and substantial information about your travel destination before choosing it. If you skip this part, it can be very detrimental as you may struggle during your travel instead of enjoying it. Certain travel destinations are not too friendly when it comes to people with disabilities. Even those that are friendly with people with disabilities may not look it when they are full of tourists. You may have difficulty enjoying and using those benefits that you should enjoy. This tip is particular for individuals traveling for the sake of a holiday. If you are traveling for a business trip or something important, you can still use the other tips to help you make the most of your travel.
#2 Plan ahead of time and bring extras of your medications and toolkits
Giving yourself adequate time to plan and prepare is the best head start you can give yourself while traveling whether or not you have any special needs. If you have a disability, it will be in your best interest to give yourself a head start. You should start by booking your flight early enough to give you adequate time to plan your trip. After booking your flight, you should get to preparations. If possible, prepare the bag or bags you will be traveling with a week before your date for departure. Speaking of your traveling bag, here are a few tips to guide you: Start with other necessities besides clothes; for example, your spare repair kits, necessary licenses and paperwork, medications and aids. You can purchase certain things you forget but getting all that was mentioned above in a foreign land may be very difficult. You should also ensure that you arrive at the airport early enough. You should be at the airport and check in nothing less than an hour before your departure. This is very important so that you do not have to start rushing or put yourself in any disadvantage.
#3 Work With a Travel Agent Specialized in Accessible Travel
Choose your travel agent carefully. There are tons of spam agencies and you may fall victim if you are not careful. They can also be expensive as they also charge you for the services they provide you alongside the cost of your traveling. However, they relieve you of the travel stress. Traveling agencies are the best way to avoid the stress of planning and organizing your entire travel. All you need to do is get a competent agency and sleep peacefully. They will plan as much as you can afford. If you can afford it, they will plan your flights (back and forth), your accommodation, your transportation and even the places you will like to visit during your travel. This will be of great help if you have a disability since you they’ll help you find useful information for your comfort. All you need to concern yourself is asking all the questions you may have about the places you’ll travel to.
#4 Make those last trips to your doctor before traveling
The thought of traveling can be intoxicating, especially if it is for a holiday. More so is when the travel destination is a mind-blowing one with tons of fascinating places and things to see. Most tines, you will have the “I cannot wait” feeling. Before you run off, ensure to visit your doctor. Ensure that you visit him a couple of time before traveling depending on your disability. You should inform your doctor about your travel plans including your travel destination, the period you plan to travel and so on. Consider that you may need certain medications and you will not know if you do not visit your doctor. Collect a doctor’s report if necessary.
#5 Call the appropriate agencies and inform them forehand about your disability
Most people do not like the “people with disability” tag and for good reason. Most people become unnecessarily sympathetic at the mention of “disability”. They even do it to the point that the person with disability becomes irritated. That aside, you should not hesitate to tell the appropriate authorities about your situation. You should inform your travel company, your hotel workers and people working at the place you will visit during your travel of your disability. Remember that not all service providers know how to give accessible travel or the medical terms for certain conditions, so give as many details as you can. This way, they’ll also get the chance to prepare for your arrival and accommodate you to help you enjoy your vacation the most.
#6 Ask the Airline for Assistance
Asking you airline for help a few days before the trip will make your time at the airport much easier. Many airlines will designate an employee to meet you when you arrive or at check-in with a wheel chair (if needed) and guide you through security. You can also request assistance when you land at your destination. There is usually no charge for this service, but policies vary by airline and may depend on available staff, so be sure to clarify with your carrier before you travel.
#7 Make a Reservation at a Hotel That Welcomes Travelers With Disabilities
Make room reservations early at hotels located in the city center and near major sights. If you’re in a wheelchair, for example, get measurements for the place you will be staying. Most hotels will be happy to provide you this information. . Also, if you’re visually impaired and find buffet breakfast bars challenging, ask the hotel’s concierge to fill your in-room fridge with breakfast items, or deliver them to your room.