Organising a holiday whether it's a weekend away or a two week break can be stressful at times. There are so many things to consider such as what hotel to choose, which restaurants to book and what activities you plan on doing during your stay. For many people planning these activities is a simple process with very little thought, but for those living with a disability or health problem, planning a day around their health needs can be much more difficult. On top of the usual list that most people do, those living with medical conditions have additional questions they need to ask and research to ensure that their holiday destination is accessible for them.
As someone who lives with a chronic illness, I am becoming used to planning my journeys in advance and researching my destinations to ensure if I was having a bad health day that my holiday wouldn't be affected. Today, I've teamed up with Mobility Nationwide to bring you my personal tips on planning an accessible holiday.
Research your destination
The first thing you should always do is research the places you would like to visit and think realistically about them. Speak to travel agents who know the areas well and also check out TripAdvisor and search for key terms such as 'disability' and 'wheelchair access' to see what other experiences people have had in the areas you would like to go to.
Plan in advance
Always make sure you plan in advance to ensure that all your needs can be catered for. Planning an accessible holiday can take that little bit longer as you need to do a lot more research.
Discuss your needs with your holiday providers
Make sure you discuss your health requirements and needs with your hotel and travel providers as they may be able to give you advice and also offer you help such as early boarding on flights and hotel rooms on a lower ground suited to wheelchair access.
Make a checklist
To ensure your holiday goes to plan try writing a check list of all the things you need to take with you and all the questions you need to ask your travel providers. It will help your holiday run more smoothly and help you not forget anything important.
Take out the right travel insurance
If you have a pre-existing condition before you travel, you need to make sure that you are taking out the correct travel insurance for your health issues. These usually cost a little bit more as you are considered 'more of a risk', but they are there to help you if you get into any difficulty while you are away. Pre-existing illness travel insurance varies from person to person and you may need an assessment from a doctor to see if you are fit for travel, but once it is completed you can rest assured you will covered if anything happens.
What are your travel tips for booking an accessible holiday?