Traveling with disabilities is never easy. However, regardless of the hurdles you may face, the world is becoming more inclusive which is spawning new opportunities for disabled travelers. Those with disabilities spend billions on travel and often travel with companions and the travel industry is waking up to the fact that accommodating the needs of travelers with disabilities is not only good for business but the right thing to do. For those disabled travelers looking to scratch your itch to explore, we bring to you the best advice for traveling with physical disabilities.
Call ahead – As per the law of most advanced countries, many service providers are required to accommodate travelers with special accessibility needs. It is always a good idea to inform the service providers in advance regarding your required accommodations so they can plan things accordingly. Share your needs at the time you make your reservation and reaffirm your accommodations to meet your needs by calling the provider 24 to 48 hours before your arrival.
Be specific and clear – Many people make the same mistake of not sharing the details of their special requirements to service providers. Miscommunication may result in an inconvenience for anyone traveling with a physical disability as well as the service provider. Share as much detail as you can about what you can and can’t do, need, and don’t need and don’t downplay the severity of your disability.
Share with a doctor – If you have a disability, it is very important to share your travel plans with the doctor in advance. Physicians can help you with proper measures for coping with an unusually long flight, unavailability of prescription drugs, etc. Make sure to share all the details about your plans with your doctor so that you can be prepared for any situation.
Take a doctor’s note and phone number, it is always important to stay connected with your doctor just in case you need to seek medical attention locally it is easier for the local health care provider to touch base with your doctor at home if you have their contact information handy. Also, it is important to carry enough prescriptions as necessary for the length of the trip and any documentation of your prescriptions in case you need immediate medical support.
Whether you are traveling alone or with a group, the above-mentioned list of professional advice for traveling with physical disabilities is sure to be your ideal guide to allow you to enjoy your time in an unfamiliar place without any worries about your health or special accessibility needs.
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