Travelling when you have a disability can be a little challenging. Particularly, if you have a wheelchair or mobility scooter, you have to check how you can easily enter, leave and store these. However, there are many other factors you need to consider and address before leaving for your next holiday. So, what else do you need to tick off your holiday checklist?
Communicating Your Needs
Different countries will have different services for those with a disability. Some may not have the suitable facilities that you require. It’s important to speak with the hotel you’re staying at, and the travel operator too. This will allow them to give details on what services they currently have available, and if they can support your mobility needs during your stay. It’s advised to do this before booking your room. You don’t want to arrive and find that you can’t access your room!
If you need help booking your holiday or need support while you’re away, there are charities available that can arrange holidays for those with a disability. They may also provide volunteer helpers for the duration of the holiday.
If you’re travelling abroad via flying, it’s important to tell the flight operator any requirements that you will need. When booking, you will be able to note your disability here, including any seat requirements, etc. An airline will ask that you travel with a companion if you are not self-sufficient. This is to ensure that all your needs can be met, alongside someone who knows you.
If you need to take medication with you whilst travelling, you may have to ask the Embassy or High Commission of the country you are flying to. This is to ensure you avoid any surprises through security.
Travelling by Road
If you are travelling via a bus, car, or train, operators will have a legal responsibility to provide a safe space for those with a disability to travel. Checking what facilities they have before you book tickets or travel is a good way of ensuring you can comfortably travel using these services.
If you are travelling with mobility equipment, it’s a good idea to get these insured for loss or damage whilst you’re away. Larger equipment, such as wheelchairs and mobility scooters may need to be insured on a higher priced insurance policy.
Choosing A Policy
As well as the usual things that should be covered in an insurance policy, such as flight delays and theft, you may need additional cover in other areas if you have a disability. As most insurers don’t cover pre-existing medical conditions, you will have to find one that will cover any medical costs that may be needed due to your disability.