Disabled Travel – What You Need To Know

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When you first look into disabled travel you can really be put off with the red tape some insurance companies make you jump through before they will insure you.  For me it was a real eye opener when I was first trying to organise my nephew who has been a paraplegic for about 10 years since he was 16 years old and has never traveled before as he thought it was all a little too hard.

I have to admit though I first thought this way too when I started to first ask questions on his travel.  Obviously it needed to be “easy” and without drama as this I found can stress a wheelchair bound traveler who doesn’t want to stick out like a sore thumb and make a fuss.  This was my nephews words when I first started to look into his travel.

Disabled Travel Tips:

  • The first thing I was advised to do by the many insurance companies that we looked at the wording “disabled travel” was that we had to have a letter from the doctor to say that my nephew was fine to travel and I thought that this would be sufficient – but no the doctors letter that we had was circulated to many insurance companies only to be rejected.Luckily I was advised by another person that the company to use was called One Cover and as long as my nephew had not been in hospital for a few years and wasn’t he wasn’t taking any immuno suppressant drugs and they were happy with the rest of the information that he supplied One Cover were happy to insure for disabled travel.
  • Flying is not a big deal as it used to be you will be offered assistance on check in and asked if you want someone to push you on to board or they will place you on a hoist.  The best thing is that you are on first and then off last as to not hold up people.  Your chair or walker if used will be whisked off you on entering the plane and given back to you on arrival.

Disabled Travel Onboard a Ship

I am an expert on this way of travel as I have my husband that is on double crutches.  When first giving details when you book your cruise always mention the disability.  This will enable you to embark first and be pushed by staff right to your cabin.  This skips queues of people waiting to check in and give your credit card details.

We have a travel scoot which we purchased as it can be packed into a cricket bag.  We had to purchase the cricket bag and the scoot folds down to barely nothing making disabled travel a breeze for any land excursions or getting around the ship as the scoot can be assembled in minutes.

What I have noticed is that the travel scoot can be hired on board and that maybe another option for those not wanting to bring their scoot from home.  Without a doubt when people see how light the scoot is and how my husband gets around so easily on board we are often stopped while those that are considering the scoot take down the details on where they can get in touch with the manufacturer.

The battery details are carried with us everywhere in case we are stopped.  We have also got a letter off the airline that gives us permission to be carrying the battery.

City Tours for disabled travel are the best:

disabled travelI always ensure I read up on the land tour as if there is mountain climbing etc this would not be suitable.  Flat easy paced tours are fine and have not had any trouble finding one that is not suitable in and around cities.  Again, if you have not taken up the hire of the scoot onboard your ship many of the larger cities have these type of scooters for rent – ensure you carry your passport for ID as you will need this for renting the scoot.

In traveling the world I have found that the most friendly countries where Great Britain and majority of Europe being the most friendly when I was traveling with my husband.  There was always someone around that would open the exit gate for us to enter to save the long queues.  Getting around Greece was surprisingly easy.

In America I booked a disabled room but was disappointed to find that the shower was over the bath and could not use this I soon learnt that there are degrees of being disabled but perhaps this should of been explained when I rang to make the booking.

Disneyland was a dream to get around and we were able to miss a lot of the long queues there as well by people just lending a hand.  I can really say that we have been helped by people all over the world and it really does make a difference to disabled travel when you have supportive people around you to lend a hand.

Time and research for disabled travel is needed:

To make the travel a trip to remember for all of the right reasons do research and ask a lot of questions really this is best to ensure that you have a fantastic trip and not be disappointed at not having the right facilities waiting for you.

I really hope that I have encouraged you about disabled travel.  Really do check out the travel scoot though we don’t travel anywhere without the scoot in tow.  It allows disabled travel to be minimized as the traveler is able to feel part of the tour and not to be left at home wishing that they were able to go on the tour as well.

Disabled travel is a breeze when you have done your homework and looked ahead of time to plan hotels, tours and generally places you would want to go and then just do it, don’t waste another minute and have fun!