There are many important things to consider when preparing for a long journey, but this is especially true if you or somebody that you are travelling with has a disability. Fortunately, disabled travel is now much easier than ever with facilities, equipment and services all in place to help those with a disability to get where they need to go easily and in comfort.
Choose your Destination Carefully
Pick your destination carefully and ensure that it will be accessible and stress-free. If it is not up to you to choose the destination, make sure that the person deciding knows that you are travelling with somebody with a disability and that their needs must be carefully considered.
Much like many other areas of life, planning is key to success. Do your research so that you can pick an accessible method of transportation, a suitable route and accommodation with suitable facilities and bedrooms. This can make things much smoother and more enjoyable and ensure that you do not get any nasty surprises during the journey.
Whilst it is possible for those with a disability or those in a wheelchair to travel by air or train, you may want to consider driving yourself in a wheelchair accessible vehicle. These are available from companies like Allied Mobility and can take a great deal of stress out of transportation for all. This allows you to travel at your own pace, make stops when you need and generally relax more than using other forms of transportation.
Before setting off on your journey, it is worth calling ahead to any hotels, restaurants attractions or anywhere else that you will be visiting. Remind them that you are arriving with somebody with a disability and make sure that everything will be in place to accommodate you.
Long journeys can be challenging and you must be able to be flexible with your plan in case something goes wrong. Have a few alternative routes, rest stops or places to stay in mind so that you can change your plan without too much hassle if required.
Travel can also be stressful and particularly when travelling with somebody with a disability. If things are not going according to plan, try to stay positive and avoid losing your temper. There are always people keen to help and alternative ways of travel available.
Considering these aspects before setting off should ensure for a successful, stress-free and comfortable journey for all.