It’s the time of year when everyone starts to think of warm summer days and where they are going to go on their holidays. With this in mind, we have put together a short article on the top 4 tips for holidaying in a wheelchair.
- Book in advance – Try and book everything as far in advance as possible. This includes hotels – who usually only have a limited number of disabled rooms – through to accessible tours that can cater for your mobility restrictions.
- Checkout what other disabled travellers have said – there are a lot of online forums where disabled travellers can share their experience of visiting a place, rather than relying on what the brochure or Web-site says. Make sure you check out as many of these as possible for your chosen destination. If you see anything that alarms you for a hotel or location you intend to visit, then talk directly to them to find out more.
- Plan your travel while in the resort – make sure you familiarise yourself with the location before you go. Look on Google Maps street view to check out potential routes to and from your hotel and so avoid potential hazards. If you are planning a city break, then make sure you stay in the flatter part of the town. Finally, look at public transport availability and the disabled options it offers.
- Check out what is happening locally when you are there – this is a double-edged sword. While you may find out some particular festival or celebration that you would like to attend during your visit, there are always public or bank holidays, where everything closes down (including public transport) making it difficult for you to get around. So, it is always important to check out what’s happening locally, before you book hotels, tours etc.
So, in a nutshell, plan ahead and book early are the two important things when holidaying in a wheelchair.
Wherever you choose to go, have a great time!
For more information on travelling in Europe, why not try Sage Travelling as a good information resource.