For many, the holidays involve a fair amount of travelling, as you visit all of your friends and family to spread the holiday cheer. However, handicapped individuals face a few additional obstacles besides booking last minute flights and how to pack your casserole for the car ride over. Here are some tips for making travelling on wheels a little easier.
Besides confirming that your hotels, airlines, and tourist attractions are wheelchair friendly, check out reviews about places that you plan on visiting. Often, you can find out through word-of-mouth how handicapped travelers fared, and this will lessen the possibility that you will spend your hard-earned money on a venue that is less than deserving. Yelp! is a great review site, and if you search “wheelchair accessible” for your destination, you’ll find all kinds of places catered to you. Plus you get customer reviews and all kinds of filters to narrow your search for the highest rated, cheapest restaurant within 4 blocks that’s kid friendly!
This is key when you’re travelling for anyone, but it’s paramount when you are faced with limitations. Map your route ahead of time, and keep your mind at ease at all times. After all, the holidays aren’t very cheery if you are scrambling for time and travel documents. You will find far more joy this holiday season if you plan ahead as much as possible.
If you will be visiting multiple relatives, is there a way to combine several trips into just one? What about the possibility of having everyone meet in the middle, and renting out a space for a large get-together? Although everyone enjoys being home for the holidays, it may relieve the travel-related stress of others and provide a great opportunity for some quality family bonding. Look into renting a van with a wheelchair lift. It will make the end of an exhausting day of touring (or putting up with relatives) that much more comfortable, and help save time when you need it.
As with any travel plans, there is always the possibility of delays and/or problems with your travel plans, especially if you are handicapped. Unfortunately, even though most businesses are required to provide handicapped-accessible facilities, not all do, and some who do do not take convenience into consideration. Rather than placing all of your proverbial eggs in one basket, be sure that you have back-up plans in place. Arriving at the airport a little extra early will give you the time you need to deal with the unexpected.
Moreover, be sure that anyone you are traveling with, or whom you are going to meet, is aware of your alternate plans so all you will need is a simple phone call to make necessary changes to your itenerary. This way, you can work together to ensure that your trip is as smooth and fun as possible. Alexander Graham Bell once said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success,” and this definitely applies to travel plans. Be proactive while planning your trip and you will be able to relax and enjoy yourself once you get to where you’re going.
Special thanks to guest author Thomas for the helpful tips! If you have any feel free to share them in the comments below!
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