Who doesn’t love to travel? But for those who have a disability the prospect of going on a vacation may seem like a pipe dream. This wonderful world we live in is not always 100% handicap accessible and sometimes extremely frustrating to those who may have limited mobility or some other disability. So how do those with a handicap or disability get to enjoy the wonders of the world around them? We have some possible destinations and travel tips to help those with disabilities who love to travel the globe.
Many people with disabilities may avoid traveling just because of the unknown. Not knowing definitively that a destination may be accessible can be a complete downer and cause those with a handicap to stay home. I travel with a wheelchair and am completely familiar with this trepidation. For instance, Europe has a “reputation” of being older and not assessable to those with disabilities. This is becoming more the exception than the rule. Travel experts, such as Rick Steves, have seen the evolution of accessibility around the globe, but still have some travel tips for those with handicaps and disabilities. These can include:
As with any trip for those with disabilities or handicaps, always have a Plan B or a contingency plan in case something goes wrong. For example, what would you do if your wheelchair broke? You may need to pack a small toolkit in case a repair becomes necessary. Try to think about all possible emergencies and solutions to them. Relax, be flexible, and enjoy your trip!!
When choosing a travel destination for those with disabilities, there are some vacation spots that are better suited for you. Before choosing a location, you should determine what type of visitation are you looking for? Do you want to go on a cruise, do some sightseeing, or just enjoy local cuisine? Some options you may want to explore are:
Limited mobility from a disability or handicap does not preclude you from traveling. A little foresight and research will allow those with special needs the ability to get out and explore. Overcome your misconceptions and enjoy!!
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Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.
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