5 tips for an easier holiday
Now that the British sun has officially packed its bags and left for another year, lots of us will be thinking about our next holiday or even travelling abroad for some winter sunshine to top up the tan and escape the rainy weather. For some people, getting around is a bit more difficult, and what should be a relaxing time having fun can end up being stressful if you’re not prepared, so we’ve come up with a few handy tips for making your holiday planning that little bit easier!
- Let your doctor know you plan to travel
This one’s an obvious one, but important nonetheless! Your doctor will have all the best advice and information for your particular condition and will be able to offer you support. Plus, if you are registered as disabled, many travel companies will require confirmation from your doctor that you’ll be safe to travel, so it’s best to get this important step out of the way early in the process.
- Choose a hotel that suits your mobility needs
Always check before you book that your hotel is accessible to you. You may take for granted that your accommodation will have mobility aids such as a stairlift or lift, but this isn’t always the case. If all else fails, and your chosen hotel isn’t adequately accessible, try calling ahead and requesting a ground floor room. This may not be a perfect solution but will save you the disappointment and inconvenience of having to arrange alternative accommodation.
- If you’re flying, let your airline know if you’ll need assistance
It always helps to be prepared. If you’re a passenger with a disability or reduced mobility and flying somewhere in the EU, you’re entitled to ‘special assistance’ during your travelling. Make sure you give your airline at least 48 hours’ notice, but as with most things, the sooner you can give notice the better.
- Have a list of important contacts ready
As well as all of your usual contacts, like your doctor and emergency contact, keep the number of your hotel, travel company and airline (if you’re using one) handy so you can easily get in touch. It’s also a good idea to leave a list of these contacts with a friend or relative so they have a way to reach you if other methods fail.
- Get the right kind of insurance
When buying your holiday insurance (which you should always, always do!) bear in mind you’ll have to declare your entire medical history, or risk your policy being invalid. Even if the insurer doesn’t ask about medical conditions, it’s your responsibility to check you are covered, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry! This doesn’t mean it has to be expensive, it’ll just take a little more research and time.
While none of these tips can guarantee an entirely stress-free holiday, we hope they come in handy to help you or a loved one be as prepared as possible. For more information and advice on independent living and mobility equipment, don’t hesitate to get in touch.