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Whether you choose to travel abroad or stay in your home country, traveling can sometimes be a trying experience especially for people who are having to deal with a disability. Everyone should be able to enjoy going on holiday without complications and additional worries.

Some people have disabilities that are obvious to others, while others have what may be classed as ‘invisible’ disabilities. Either way you should not be treated any different to anyone else but you need to know what allowances can be made and how accessible things are.

If you are a wheelchair user or have to use a cane of some kind, it is advisable to notify the airline you are using if traveling abroad. Most airlines offer wheelchair assistance. You are able to continue using your own wheelchair up until boarding the flight, after that your chair will be made easily accessible again when it’s time to exit the plane. For anyone who doesn’t normally use a wheelchair you can make a request to use the airlines wheelchairs to make things easier while in the airport. Wheelchairs are not just provided to people who use other mobility aids, you can request the use of a wheelchair even if you have difficulties with standing for long periods of time, such as waiting, to going through security and passport control. We strongly recommend that you advise of the need for wheelchair assistance before the day of travel so that the airline can make sure arrangements are already in place for you.

When it comes to accommodation, it doesn’t matter what country you are in, you will still need to know what accessibility it has. If there are adequate ramps, if your room is on an upper level, and if there are lifts. If this type of information isn’t on the listing always contact accomodation supplier, never just assume it will be disabled friendly.

People with disabilities have the same rights to enjoy holidays as everyone else. We want everyone to experience a great holiday when booking with us. Not all countries have the same laws as the United kingdom for disabilities so we want to make people aware to be conscious of this when booking their holidays.”

Mark Rowe, Founder. Monster.travel

Always do a bit of research when deciding on where to take your holidays. Some people can have difficulties with extreme temperatures and find it hard to adjust to both the heat and the cold. If you suffer with heat intolerance but want to visit a hot destination consider accommodation with air conditioning or look at visiting during a cooler season.

Look into what the terrain of the country is, some countries are very hilly, so it may be worthwhile considering hiring some mobility assistance to help you get around. Most countries have shops where you can hire wheelchairs or mobility scooters if you don’t want to travel with your own.

Travel insurance is recommended for anyone that travels but it is especially important for people with disabilities. Always check out where the local hospitals are and have a doctors letter detailing your condition and any medications that you take.

If you have any questions about traveling with a disability please feel free to call us on 0845 5280613 or contacts us online and we will address any concerns you may have.

 

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