Exploring the world with a disability can be a daunting task, as it requires hours of preparation and can be filled with communication problems, anxiety, and accessibility issues. People with disabilities often have to deal with triggers, unhelpful staff, and the inconvenience of carrying medical supplies. Fortunately, there are campaigns that are promoting the idea of allowing disabled travelers to stay in their wheelchairs inside the plane. When asked how travel destinations could better attract visitors with mobility disabilities, most travelers mentioned the need to have more information about accessibility before the visit (84%) and the importance of expanding infrastructure and improving the maintenance of areas such as sidewalks, ramps and mobile elevators (83%).
This way, travelers with mobility problems can have access to the same type of travel experiences that people without mobility problems take for granted. Planning a vacation can be overwhelming for people with disabilities, but it doesn't have to be. Carole Zoom, a disability activist who has traveled the world, suggests that travelers should research their destination ahead of time to make sure it is accessible. Additionally, they should make sure to bring all necessary medical supplies in case of an emergency.
Tips for Traveling with a DisabilityTraveling with a disability can be challenging but it doesn't have to be impossible. Here are some tips to help make your journey easier:
- Research: Before you go on your trip, research your destination to make sure it is accessible.
- Plan Ahead: Make sure you plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to get ready for your trip.
- Pack Smart: Pack all necessary medical supplies in case of an emergency.
- Be Prepared: Be prepared for communication problems, triggers, and unhelpful staff.
- Stay Positive: Remember that you can still have an enjoyable and safe experience despite any challenges you may face.