In 2017, research showed that an estimated 25.5 million Americans have disabilities that make journeys outside the home difficult. Out of this figure, about 3.6 million people with travel-limiting disabilities decide not to leave their homes at all. Nevertheless, a disability should not rob you of all the beauty that the world has to offer. Planning a trip in itself is stressful, and this can be even more stressful if you have a disability. However, with thorough planning, you could enjoy a memorable trip. Are you thinking of making a trip to the UK soon? Here are four things to consider to enjoy a hassle-free travel experience:
- Travel documentation
The first thing anyone making a trip would need is relevant travel documents. It is advisable to acquire a file to keep necessary documentation like your passport, airline tickets and reservations, valid IDs, and credit cards and store them safely. You should also make a copy of all these essential documents, in case you lose them. Visa arrangements to the UK vary from country to country, and you should find out where your state stands in regards to UK visa policy. If you require assistance with your application for a UK Visa, you may want to get in touch with good immigration solicitors to assist you further and sort out any legal problems you face before, during or after the trip.
Choosing the right accommodation is an essential part of your trip anywhere as a disabled person. Check out the best accessibility hotels in whatever part of the UK you intend to stay and read other travelers’ reviews on sites like Tripadvisor. It is better to book your accommodation over the phone instead of online. The concept of “accessibility” differs for every hotel- some places may be fully accessible to wheelchair users, while others may be missing wide doorways and several key room adaptations that are a must for you. Calling to make a reservation makes it easier for you to ask all your questions to prevent any unpleasant surprises.
- Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is vital for any travel, and even more so for disability travels. This is because of the need to protect your disability equipment from damage, theft, or loss. It is unlikely that a general travel insurance policy will cover your mobile equipment like wheelchairs and scooters, so you might have to pay additional premiums. A detailed disability travel insurance should address any medical attention required for your disability, damage to mobility equipment, and an essential caregiver’s replacement.
Making a trip with mobility equipment can be very challenging, depending on your custom needs. Create a checklist of essentials that will guide you in your packing. It would be best if you did not forget your travel wheelchair battery charger, shower chair, footrest, and portable ramp. This equipment will cater to various accessibility problems and differentiate between easy access and difficult, dangerous situations. It is advisable to tape a sign to your device with guidelines on handling and how it operates to lower the risk of airline workers causing damage.