How to Plan for an Accessible Holiday

How to Plan for an Accessible Holiday

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I am always looking forward to our next trip away or to our next holiday. We are very lucky to have a couple of things lined up already this year with our first hotel stay at the beginning of April. Even with a 3 year old to think about I think we have it pretty easy when it comes to going away. We pack what we need in a case and head off on whatever train takes us to our destination. However, accessible friendly holidays can take a bit more figuring out. Here are some ideas for how to plan for an accessible holiday:

Insurance

As with any holiday or trip away it’s so important to make sure you have the right insurance. The price of insurance can vary depending on what kind of cover you need and it’s really not worth overlooking this. Insurance for an accessible holiday might require extra coverage for things such as wheelchairs or specialist equipment.

Getting around

Before booking your holiday you might want to have a look at the area you will be visiting. Even before you arrive at your destination you may need to take public transport. Spend some time researching any stations you may go through to ensure they have ramps and lifts and if you need a taxi, whether you need to book one in advance.

Some holidays can involve a lot of walking or covering a lot of ground, especially if you go somewhere like a well-known city. For anyone with mobility issues then these kinds of holidays are not ideal a lot of the time. The Electric Wheelchair from Pro Rider Mobility could take the pressure off and help you to make the most of your getaway.

train station

Accommodation

Accommodation is probably the biggest thing you’ll need to think about when planning your accessible holiday. In the past I have booked hotels where it wasn’t mentioned that there wasn’t an elevator so things like this can make a massive difference to your holiday. Many booking websites now offer many different search options so if you need an accessible room then this shouldn’t be too hard to find.

Of course, if you have specific needs such as a ground floor room, wet room instead of a bath etc. then the hotel’s website would be a good place to look first or you could also give them a call or email to find out. It is also worth asking the hotel to confirm any requests in writing to save any problems later down the line.

Seeing the sights

Unfortunately, not everywhere is accessible friendly and that includes places such as restaurants and tourist attractions. Although you might really want to visit somewhere it could end up being a disappointment if you arrive and it’s not accessible. Some websites might not give information about accessible entrances or toilets but there might be information about discounts for disabled people and their carers. If you can’t find the information you need, be sure to make a phone call to find out.

Do you have any tips to make an accessible holiday easier?


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