There have been numerous studies done that show traveling makes you happier. Just because you are faced with a disability or mobility challenge doesn’t mean you should stay home and watch life pass you by. Instead, take the world by storm and start traveling using these tips.
Plan in Advance
Whether you’re traveling alone or with someone else, traveling with a disability requires planning. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a great place to start planning your trip. They detail what accommodations should be made. Just because places around the United States are required to be ADA-compliant, doesn’t mean destinations outside the United States will be. You can also use Mobility International USA and accessibility-focused blogs as resources for planning your trip.
Use a Specialized Travel Agent or Company
Did you know that there are travel agencies that specialize in accessible travel? With the right travel agency, nowhere is off-limits. A knowledgeable agent will craft an itinerary that works for everyone, advise on the best accessible hotels, and arrange private transportation in a less accessible destination. These agents have firsthand knowledge of accessible destinations and can help make your trip a lot more accessible and fun.
Have a Backup Plan
Even the most perfectly planned accessible vacation has the potential to go wrong. If something goes wrong, you will want to have a backup plan in place to keep the fun going. Preparing for all the possible issues that can arise will allow you to problem-solve quickly and continue your vacation. If applicable, share your backup plan with your caregiver so everyone is on the same page.
Decide Whether to Rent or Bring Your Wheelchair
For some destinations, it’s easy to rent a wheelchair. For other destinations, it may not be so easy. Decide whether you would like to bring your wheelchair with you or rent one upon arriving at your destination. Some people may opt to bring their wheelchair since that’s the one they’re most comfortable with, and they won’t have to worry about arranging one every step of the journey. On the other hand, if you use an electric wheelchair, you need to think about power outlet access for charging it.
Have the Right Equipment
Traveling with a disability can be easier if you have the right mobility equipment. Wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, and rollators make it easy to get around and enjoy your trip to the fullest. Speak to a certified Assistive Technology Professional before your trip to find out if you should rent any additional mobility equipment.
Get Ready for Your Trip with Freedom Mobility Solutions
Freedom Mobility Solutions has everything you need to enjoy your trip. From wheelchairs to walkers, you can find your ideal mobility rental equipment here. Give us a call at (443) 342-9839 to schedule a visit to our Hanover, MD showroom.