It’s the start of 2020 and you are sick of looking at other people’s travel posts on Instagram.
But you are disabled and travelling seems too much of leap into the unknown.
However, many disabled people with all kinds of conditions successfully travel all around the world.
Also you might be surprised how good other countries are !
Getting On A Plane
Fear of flying can be one of the biggest hurdles for many disabled people who want to travel.
However, if you want to go further afield – then flying is the only way to go.
Generally speaking, assistance at the airport and indeed on the plane is among the best (certainly better than UK trains!).
So what do you need to know about flying.
First – you don’t need to book assistance in advance to receive it.
Second – Someone can escort you through the airport to your departure gate. So if you’re worried about finding your way through the airport or the distance involved – don’t be.
Third – Always use the fast lane. Don’t just queue up with the hordes, use the express lane (even with budget airlines).
What about Travel By Trains
Generally speaking, trains are good way for disabled people to travel, whether thats in the UK or abroad.
(Most train services are better in Europe).
If you are travelling in the UK – then good news, we have put together a helpful fact sheet for you (plus – its free).
Check it out here.
Again you can….
This is true in the UK and in Europe (although don’t expect to be guaranteed to catch a service if your there 2 minutes before).
It is really important that you feel confident to exercise your ability to just turn up and travel.
You have the right to do so
Rights only work if you know about them and use them.
If you are travelling on a train in the UK, it can be useful to know where the accessible carriage is – you can find that information on the info sheet.
There have been some recent changes – particularly with in regard to the new Azuma services so it is worth checking.
We do post updates on on Twitter Page – so do have a look.
Where To Go
It goes without saying that if you want to move around while abroad, then developed countries are the way to go.
However, to feel completely in control and empowered – you probably will need some extra tricks up your sleeve.
So… What can help?
Uber is a go to for many would be disabled travellers (or it should be). In many countries and cities now – they have an assist programme and WAVs.
For booking accessible accommodation AirBnB is great because of the search options, including step free access and wide door ways!
In terms of locations – Europe is still number one for many disabled people to travel.
Now you might be thinking that you know Europe and don’t really fancy it.
Europe still has some gems to offer.
A green city with a floating farm.
If you want a good mix of accessibility and green space – Berlin is the way to go. You have it all there – good clubs, fine foods and quirky spaces. YOU CANNOT BEAT BERLIN.
If you want accessibility everywhere – including the beach, then Los Cristianos in Tenerife is the way to go.
If you a wheelchair user – the height of the curbs are to die for.
Plus it is sunny all year round!
Using A Independent Travel Agent
Many disabled people have had problems using major travel companies such as with transfers to and from airports.
This is where independent agents who know the areas that you are travelling to can be a real help.
Consider getting independent advice.