It is now only 2 and a half years to London 2012, where paralympic athletes from all over the world will be travelling to London to compete. So we thought now was as good a time as any to put together some information about disability travel. So here are some tips on travelling with a disability, and how to avoid any possible pitfalls. Thanks to Able magazine for this info.
- Plan Ahead: This is the most important tip really. Invest in a guidebook, use the internet and contact the places you want to go in advance. Planning can greatly reduce the possibility of turning up somewhere inaccessible. Also make sure that your travel insurance covers you for your disability – take a look here for more info.
- Parking: Don’t forget your blue badge. It lets you benefit from parking concessions across the 27 members of the EU (including Europe’s most congested cities), but it is also recognised further afield – specifically in Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and the US. For more info look on the AA website
- Be imaginative. Being disabled doesn’t mean you need to strike that ‘holiday of a lifetime’ experience off your list; you just need to come up with ways of doing them differently. For example, you can still experience the exhilaration of skiing down Mont Blanc’s Vallee Blanche in a guide operated sit ski.
For more information on travelling with a disability, check out Allclear4you.
But going back to the Olympics – what about accessibility for people travelling into or around the UK? It is a long trek for people to travel down from Scotland to watch the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London – but I am sure a lot of people will. So what will their travel experience be like?
Well, in a perfectly timed survey, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) wants to know about disabled people’s tourism experiences. The Accessible Tourism Stakeholders Forum is seeking information from disabled people about their tourism experiences.
You’ll be able to tell the DCMS exactly what you expect when you stay overnight in accommodation or take a day trip to a UK tourist attraction and give them details of any problems you experienced. The survey’s findings will be used to help businesses improve accessible tourism services for disabled people.
As a thank you for taking part, you’ll have the opportunity to enter a free prize draw. And please also let us know any comments you have about travelling with a disability in the comments box below. We look forward to hearing from you!