Travelling is one of the most enriching and interesting experiences anyone can have. It helps you unwind by breaking away from the monotonous routine at work or home. It also opens you to a new world and an opportunity to meet new people.
However, traveling for those with limited mobility can be a challenge. You are not guaranteed that every place you visit or vehicle you board adheres to regulations meant to accommodate people with disabilities. It is upon you to take early precautions in order to avoid unnecessary inconveniences.
But you are not alone. Information from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics reveals that over 25 million Americans have mobility issues but 21 million of them still go for vacations.
From getting to the airport to finding a hotel room, you will need to be wary of how to maneuver some of these predictable challenges.
Here are a few travel tips for those with limited mobility:
1. Plan your destination properly
As much as traveling is fun, you don’t have to force yourself into situations or places that will frustrate you and make your vacation a nightmare. One of the things you can do to avoid this is to select a destination that will make your stay comfortable.
Before setting out for the journey, ensure that you have done enough research on the place you want to visit. Contact them and find out if they have everything that you will need while there.
Ask if their hotel rooms are friendly to people with limited disability. This will help you avoid getting disappointed after reaching your destination only to realize the place is not friendly to people with disabilities.
2. Helpful resources
As traveling gets more accessible, it’s easy to find resources to plan your trip. There is a lot of information on the internet where you can get details about places that are best suited for people with a disability or limited mobility. Blogs, guidebooks, and websites contain resourceful information that will give you a rough picture of what to expect in different tourist areas.
For example, there is a website (wheelchairtraveling.com) that offers advice and information for people with limited mobility. Such resources will also give you an idea of some of the best places you can travel to without facing any issues.
3. Call in advance
When planning your journey, call different places you are planning to visit to find out what they offer and if there is anything of concern. Make it clear to them that you have limited mobility and explain how long you will be around. Most airports are known for their quality services when it comes to attending to people with disabilities or limited mobility.
From the airport, you will definitely be taken to your hotel room. Ensure that you have called the hotel management in advance to inform them of your coming and limited mobility condition. The good news is that most hotels nowadays adhere to ADA rules and regulations.
4. Don’t be afraid
It is true that traveling comes with several risks but the truth is that every tourist faces the same risks. As tourism continues to evolve around the world, most destinations are becoming more accessible and friendly to all types of tourists. The last thing you can do is to start worrying about the challenges or risks you are bound to face.
5. Travel with a friend or family member
If you are disabled or have mobility issues, it is advisable to travel with a close friend or family member. This will make your journey and stay more comfortable and convenient. You never know what may happen during your trip. Having someone accompanying you can be lifesaving.