It’s the little things that most people take for granted that can really ruin a holiday for those with mobility problems. Poor wheelchair access, uneven surfaces and limited lifts to name a few. Having a disability means that when you’re going on holiday forward planning is essential, follow these tips to make sure your holiday is as smooth as possible:
When looking for accommodation, whether it be in the UK or abroad, researching beforehand is really beneficial. If you can’t find out the information you need online call the hotel up and ask any questions. Remember to find out if the area is flat, whether it has a lift and check door widths to make sure a wheelchair will fit through easily. Bathrooms can also be a huge problem so make sure there are adequate washing facilities or find out what you need to take with you in advance, Enable Holidays have some great resorts which are all accessible.
How to get to your holiday also needs to be organised in good time. If you’re going abroad find out which airlines offer the best special assistance and key information such as whether you can pre board. All airlines have different policies so research is essential. Secondly, if you’re driving or taking public transport to your destination make sure the vehicle is adapted to your needs.
Look for things to do on your holiday and make sure the events you’d like to attend are disabled people friendly. Phone or send an email in advance and this way they will be expecting you when you arrive – if a venue isn’t very accessible sometimes this means they can make amendments for the time you arrive. This is also the case for restaurants and bars – especially when travelling abroad, bars can be up steps or on uneven ground so make sure there are venues which you can easily access before you decide on a location. If you’re holidaying in the UK, there are many disabled accessible tourist attractions that you can explore without worrying about a lack of disabled facilities.
If you are heading overseas and have any medical requirements or special medication ensure you have a letter from your UK doctor explaining these. If possible, get this translated into the language of the country you’re visiting so in an emergency there is no need to panic.