3 Things to Consider Before Traveling With Disabilities Overseas
Traveling with disabilities in the United States can present some difficulties, but at least there are laws and building codes that help ensure all people can enjoy themselves. For instance, public buildings must have ramps or elevators for people who cannot walk up stairs. Parking lots also have to set aside a certain number of spaces for drivers with handicaps.
Travelers with disabilities don't always get the same benefits when they travel overseas. That makes it important for travel planners to do a little extra research before finalizing reservations.
1: Ask Your Hotel About Accessibility
Some small hotels overseas may not have ramps or elevators for people with mobility issues. When booking reservations, find out whether the hotel is accessible for every member of your group.
If the hotel you want doesn't have a ramp or elevator, you may want to ask for a room on the first floor. Remember, though, that dining rooms and other areas might not be on the first floor, so you should always ask.
#2: Know Your Transportation Options
People with mobility issues usually have good transportation options in major cities. Taxi services in places like Paris and London have vehicles that can meet your needs. The public transportation options in those cities can also accommodate people with disabilities.
The farther you get from large cities, the closer you get to potential problems. Buses in small towns might not have lifts for wheelchairs. Cabs might not have the right safety features for someone living with a disability.
It's important to know your options before you reach your destination. You may not find a perfect solution in every town, but planning ahead will make the trip more enjoyable.
#3: Know Your Food Options When Traveling Abroad
People living with disabilities might need to avoid certain foods. People with autism, for instance, may prefer foods that don't contain gluten or milk. Others may choose not to eat certain foods for religious or ethical reasons.
Some people experience a lot of difficulty finding the foods they want. The situation largely depends on what foods you can't eat and where you plan to travel. It's easy to avoid gluten and milk in China. It's not so easy in France.
Research each area on your itinerary so you know what food options you have along the way. You may want to pack a few snacks, regardless. It's possible that you will encounter places that cannot accommodate your diet.
Traveling aboard creates challenges for everyone. You just have a few extra concerns when traveling with a disability.
Contact us if you want to learn more about how you can make traveling easier and more enjoyable for people living with any type of disabilities.
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