Booking a holiday or a short trip can be stressful, especially when you have accessibility requirements to take into account. There’s so many things to consider when you’re planning a disability-friendly trip, including accessible travel options, hotels, and activities.
Here are three tips where planning ahead can mean you’ll enjoy a stress-free, disability-friendly trip with all the family:
Do Your Homework
Whether you’re planning a summer holiday break or a day trip, research is the key factor to ensure an enjoyable break where no one is left out. Your trip doesn’t have to be stressful and it’s likely that the more homework you do, the more accessible your trip will be. If there are any challenges, then you’ll already be prepared to face them.
If you’re heading somewhere new, try using Google Maps’ Street View to get a better idea of the most disability-friendly routes you can take. That way, you can avoid any difficult routes with steep hills, stairs, or cobblestones.
Book in Advance
Hotels are always cheaper to book in advance and if you have any accessibility requirements, it’s helpful to contact them prior to booking to make sure they have everything that you’ll need for a disability-friendly stay.
Here’s where your forward planning and research will come in handy. When booking a day out or a trip, let people know in advance that you’ll be coming. Most theatres, tourist attractions or tours will be able to accommodate wheelchairs or any other requirements – just let them know so that they’re prepared for your arrival. The same also applies to any restaurants or cafes that you plan to visit.
How to Get Around
Accessible ways to get around is something to consider prior to your trip. If you’re flying, it’s advised that you tell your airline about your disability at least 48 hours before departure. Then, you can check if the airline or airport has all the facilities you’ll need and what mobility equipment you can take (you’re allowed up to two items free of charge).
For a day trip within the UK, you may want to book a train, bus, or coach to get to your destination – the law says that disabled people should receive reasonable assistance on public transport. However, if you’d prefer to avoid any hassle or stress, take a look at disability vehicles, such as those available at Allied Mobility. You’ll be able to find adapted vehicles for disabled passengers and drivers – letting you take day trips with ease.
Don’t miss out when booking a disability-friendly holiday or a day trip. Planning ahead when it comes to places to stay, how to get there and things to do will help you make sure that no one’s left out – so you can enjoy a stress-free and accessible break.