Unlike in the past, today people with disabilities have been recognized and are less discriminated against. In many countries there are laws that protect them and make their lives easier. Many public buildings have also been designed or renovated to accommodate people with disabilities.
With all these improvements, people with disabilities can now travel on holiday or travel to places away from home. However, with all these improvements we have made, traveling for people with disabilities remains a challenge for them, especially when traveling alone or traveling to an unknown destination. Below is a guide to helping people with all forms of disability travel safely.
1. Plan well in advance
Planning is key to any form of success. This is very important as it reduces the chances of getting trapped and upset. Booking flights and hotel rooms are the top priorities, but if you are staying at the home of a friend or family member; warning them in advance is very important. They can then be prepared and even picked up at the airport.
2. Book hotels adapted for the disabled
Hotels with facilities adapted for the disabled are very comfortable, as they allow people with disabilities to move freely with the least possible effort. Most of these hotels also have special emergency protocols that ensure that people with disabilities are not left behind in the event of an emergency, unlike some hotels where these problems are excessive.
3. Use a travel agent who offers travel packages for disabled travelers
Booking flights and hotel rooms with travel agencies that offer travel solutions to people with disabilities is advantageous in several ways. They ensure that they book airlines and hotels adapted for the disabled for customers with disabilities. They strive to provide services and suggestions that ensure their customers travel comfortably.
4. Understand and know your rights when you are at the airport
Traveling, for people with disabilities, is very hectic, especially when they arrive at the airport. They face the challenge of getting proper information and directions. This is further aggravated by the large number of people traveling and the long queues. At airports, there are attendees who are supposed to cater to the needs of people traveling with disabilities.
Disabled travelers should not be treated differently and should not be treated differently when they go through security measures. They are also protected from any form of discrimination from any airline. Disabled travelers are encouraged to be very aware of their rights to avoid and report any form of discrimination when traveling.
5. Bring additional medication
There is no harm in carrying an extra dose of medication when traveling. People lose their luggage while traveling, so having an extra dose will act as a backup when a dose is missed. This also ensures that when traveling, a person with a disability does not run out of medication forcing them to start looking for a pharmacy when traveling. These medicines must be stored properly to ensure their safety.
6. Take your doctor’s note and contact information when you travel
A doctor’s note contains important information about a condition that a person with a disability is facing and this will help doctors save a lot of time in testing in case of an emergency. Your doctor’s contact information allows other doctors to obtain important information from your doctor in case of need. This small but vital information can save lives.
7. Use direct flights
It is very hectic and tiring for disabled travelers to use connecting flights. The use of connecting flights exposes them to lost luggage and even injuries when getting on and off a plane. Using a direct flight reduces all these risks and saves a lot of time and energy when traveling. Direct flights also ensure that those traveling with disabilities are not trapped at an airport while waiting for a connecting flight.
8. Disabled travelers are advised to have some knowledge about where they travel
There is nothing more difficult than looking for directions to a place you do not know. This is even more difficult for disabled travelers, so it is advisable to have at least some knowledge and understanding about their destination. This will give them an edge when it comes to moving and the knowledge to know where to go and where not to go. This will be of great help to you when you are trapped or experiencing an emergency situation and need urgent help.
9. Carry the appropriate luggage
Disabled travelers are advised to carry luggage that they can handle when traveling. Unless they have company, traveling with a lot of luggage is not easy. Traveling lightly allows disabled travelers to be more flexible in the face of situations that arise, in addition, a large amount of luggage can also be lost.
10. Enjoy traveling
Many people with disabilities do not travel often due to many limitations that discourage them. However, modern technology guarantees safe travel for everyone, regardless of their condition. Traveling should be enjoyed by all, as it is an opportunity to experience new things that are different from what they were used to.