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 life a little easier. Also many public buildings have been designed or renovated to accommodate people with disabilities.
With all these improvements, people with disabilities can now travel for vacations or a business trip to places far from home. However, with all of these improvements we’ve 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 help people with all forms of disabilities travel safely.
1. Plan ahead
Planning is key to any form of success. This is very important because it reduces the chances of getting stranded and being bothered. Booking flights and hotel rooms are the main priorities, however, if you are going to stay with a friend or family member; Notifying them in advance is very important. Then they can be prepared and even pick you up from the airport.
2. Book hotels adapted for the disabled
Hotels with adapted structures for the disabled are very convenient as they allow disabled people to move freely with minimal effort. Most of these hotels also have special emergency protocols that ensure that disabled people are not left behind in an emergency, unlike some hotels where these problems are overlooked.
3. Use a travel agent that offers travel packages for disabled travelers.
Booking flights and hotel rooms with travel agents who offer travel solutions to people with disabilities is advantageous in several ways. They make sure to book for their disabled customers disabled airlines and hotels. They strive to offer services and suggestions that ensure their clients 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 obtaining adequate information and directions. This is compounded by the large number of people traveling and long queues. At airports, there are attendants who must meet the needs of those traveling with disabilities.
Disabled travelers should not, and are not, treated differently when taking security measures. They are also protected from any form of discrimination by any airline. Disabled travelers are advised to be very familiar with their rights to avoid and report any form of discrimination when traveling.
5. Bring extra medication
There is no harm in carrying an extra dose of medication when traveling. People lose their luggage while traveling, having an extra dose will act as a backup when a dose is missed. This also ensures that when traveling, a disabled person does not run out of their medications, forcing them to start looking for a pharmacy when traveling. These medications must be stored properly to ensure your safety.
6. Take a doctor’s note and contact information when traveling
A doctor’s note contains important information about a condition facing a disabled person and this will help doctors save a lot of time on testing in case of an emergency. Your doctor’s contact information allows other doctors to obtain important information from your doctor if the need arises. This small but vital information can save lives.
7. Use direct flights
It is very hectic and exhausting for a disabled traveler to use connecting flights. The use of connecting flights exposes them to the loss of their luggage and even injury when getting on and off an airplane. 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 stranded at an airport while waiting for a connecting flight.
8. Disabled travelers are advised to have some knowledge of where they are traveling.
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 your destination. This will give them an advantage when they move and the knowledge to know where to go and where not to go. This will be very helpful when you are stranded or experiencing an emergency situation and need urgent assistance.
9. Carry the appropriate luggage
Disabled travelers are advised to carry luggage they can handle when traveling. Unless they have company, traveling with a large amount of luggage is not easy. Traveling lightly allows disabled travelers to be more flexible in situations that arise, and a large amount of luggage can also be easily lost.
10. Enjoy traveling
Many disabled people do not travel frequently due to many limitations that discourage them. However, modern technology guarantees a safe trip for everyone, regardless of their condition. Everyone should enjoy the trip, as it is an opportunity to experience new things that are different from what they are used to.