Tips for Wheelchair Accessible Travel
Accessible travel aficionado John Morris recently shared 7 tips for wheelchair travelers on his blog, WheelchairTravel.org.
He says that figuring out what you’ll need to make a trip accessible is an important first step:
There is no shame in needing help as a result of disability. Be honest with yourself about what you can and cannot do, then try to find ways in which you can be accommodated while traveling.
Setting reasonable expectations is also an important step in making sure you’ll have a good time. “Accessibility is never perfect,” he writes, so develop “expectations that align with this fact.”
Sometimes, planning a trip can be too stressful or time-consuming. If you want to make sure your trip goes off without a hitch, he suggests hiring a travel agent. In selecting an agent, “it’s always best to work with one that has dealt with clients like you before.” You wouldn’t want to be the travel agent’s first client with a disability or mobility impairment!
There are many civil rights that affect the travel industry. “Whether you are dealing with an airline, hotel, restaurant, attraction, taxi or transportation provider, you have rights to equal access in the United States,” he says. It’s a good idea to research and become familiar with these protections before you travel.
For more information, check out John’s wheelchair accessible travel blog.