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Special Needs TravelHaving a disability certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t travel the world. Whether you’ve always wanted to visit the bustling city of Hong Kong or the stunning beaches of Mexico, being disabled should never hold you back.

The key is to learn more about what travel resources are available to you, what destinations are suitable for your disability and how to plan in advance so there are no unpleasant surprises or limitations.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

Whether you are taking a taxi to the airport, getting an international flight or heading from your hotel to the museum around the corner, one of the most important things to keep in mind is to allow yourself extra time.

If you need to ride on an elevator instead of taking the stairs or board at a specific time, among other activities, arriving early ensures that you have the time you need to get the help you require.

Book Through an Agent Who Understands Your Disability

Special Needs TravelPerhaps the most vital tip for traveling with a disability is booking your vacation through a travel agent. By finding a travel agent with a niche focus on disabled getaways, you can work with someone who understands your specific requirements and is able to make recommendations.

For example, an agent could tell you which major cruise lines offer the best amenities for those in wheelchairs or what hotels are willing to go the extra mile to help their guests.

Travel With Full Medical Insurance

Traveling with insurance is always a smart move, especially when you are heading to an international location. However, it is especially important if you have any kind of disability.

Medical travel insurance guarantees that you can get the help you need anywhere in the world or be evacuated, should that be necessary.

In addition to medical insurance, make sure you have copies of any vital prescriptions as well as the contact information of your primary physician back home.

Book Direct Flights Whenever Possible

Special Needs TravelDepending on your particular disability, boarding and disembarking aircraft might be challenging, not to mention the hassle of lining at customs, collecting bags and dealing with immigration.

To limit these tasks, aim to book direct flights whenever possible. While it may occasionally be cheaper to book an itinerary with several connections, the extra hassle is often not worth the minimal savings.

Find Hotels That Are Accommodating

Whether you’re booking a trip to London, New York or South Africa, you’ll spend a lot of your time in your choice of accommodation. Ensure that all that time is enjoyable by booking hotels and resorts that can accommodate disabled guests.

If necessary, call ahead and speak to a staff member to guarantee that you will have no trouble getting around and making the most of the room and the onsite amenities.

Always Ask – It Never Hurts!

At attractions, on flights, over the phone and to your travel agent, ask questions. The more you know, the better prepared you can be for your vacation. Plus, most people are more than willing to help accommodate you however they possibly can.

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