Top tips for planning an accessible holiday.
The great British summer might not be particularly warm or inviting, but it is always looked forward to for the great British summer holiday.
Unfortunately for many people, this is met with trepidation, not anticipation – for travellers with disabilities or access issues, some destinations and sites just aren’t within reach.
The good news is that travelling with disabilities is becoming easier as proprietors become more accommodating and adjustments more affordable – it’s a case of knowing where to look.
Do Your Research
The best tip for any holiday planning is to do your research before you book, and finding an accessible holiday is easier now with the internet than ever before.
National tourism trusts, such as Visit England, may even have an accessibility section, with guides to modes of travel and local information centres. In the UK, all new buildings have to be made wheelchair accessible, and many historic houses and museums are working to improve their accessibility to accommodate for more visitors.
When choosing hotels, most newer chain hotels will have ground floor rooms specifically for disabled guests, so be sure to mention your accessibility requirements when you book. Finally, if you can’t find any useful information on the website, phone them up and ask to avoid any disappointment.
Take A Road Trip
The good folks at Allied Mobility know a thing or two about overcoming accessibility issues – and their recommendation for a summer holiday at home is to take a road trip. Choose a few accessible destinations and enjoy a scenic country drive between them – this option is particularly helpful for travelling with kids, as they can take pictures of interesting scenery out of the window or play car games to keep occupied for the longer trips.
Go On A Cruise
Cruises are a great way to find a compromise between a luxury resort and international sightseeing, and the great news is that many mainstream providers aim to be more accessible with specific disabled cabins and bathrooms available upon request.
A quick web search reveals plenty or, for those who prefer, there are entirely disabled cruises available, with specialist facilities to make your trip a bit easier and restaurants, leisure activities, and entertainment aplenty between destinations.
For shore excursions, it pays to do a little research beforehand, but the cruise staff should be able to make recommendations for the best places to visit, as well as tips for navigating public transport.