Jayne Bliss is a travel advisor with 30 years of experience in planning trips for people with disabilities. In a recent article in New York Times, Jane gives six tips for traveling as a person with a disability.
“No place is off limits, and hotels, museums and cultural institutions offer more accessibility than ever before.”
Ask Your Airline For Help
“Asking your airline for assistance, either at the time of booking or a few days before your trip, will make your time at the airport much easier,” says Jayne. She reminds readers that many airlines will have a staff member there to help you navigate the airport. You can also request assistance when you land at your destination. There is usually no charge for this service, however, Jayne suggests contacting the airline beforehand because airline policies differ.
Plan With Your Hotel In Advance
Jayne states that it is key to give hotels a heads up about any specific needs you may have before arriving at the hotel. For example, you may wish to give the measurements of your wheelchair to make sure you will be able to fit through entrances. Another example Jayne gives is if a person is visually impaired and find breakfast buffets to be challenging, he/she could ask to have their room fridge filled with food or food brought to them.
Work With A Travel Agent
A travel agent can take care of the hustle and bustle for you allowing you to enjoy your time. Jayne says, “An agent who specializes in working with disabled travelers can arrange every aspect of your trip including booking your airline tickets, tours and restaurants. They can make sure to get the measurements you need, verify the hotels, resorts, or restaurants you’re interested in are accessible, and provide other services to make sure you have a smooth trip and a comfortable stay.”
Book The Right Guides
There are guides all over the world who have experience with travelers with disabilities.“These guides can make your time in the destination hassle-free because they know the sights you can and can’t access, the restaurants where you’ll have an enjoyable experience and more,” says Jayne. Some guides can arrange for specific accommodations related to your disability.
Consider A Tour
Jayne states there are travel operators who offer private and group tours for people with disabilities. She says, “Several travel operators offer both private and group trips for those with disabilities. “These preset itineraries take into account exactly what your needs are so you don’t have to arrange anything yourself.” Jayne gives some recommendations for tour agencies in her original post.
Jayne’s last tip is to have a cultural experience by visiting a museum! She gives some examples in her original post, be sure to check it out!
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