When you suffer from a physical or mental impairment, taking a holiday often requires some extra planning. Although most of your day-to-day activities, your home, and your job will be centred around what you can do, travelling away from your comfort zone strips away this safety blanket, and can necessitate some forethought to ensure that everything goes smoothly. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, it can be time consuming and challenging for beginners.
This also doesn’t mean that you can’t have the holiday of a lifetime, and the UK is a great destination to choose whether you live locally or are travelling from overseas. Far more disability-friendly than many of its European or international counterparts, there are lots of places that those with impairment can enjoy. It is one of the most disability friendly locations in the world, while there is considerable wheelchair access and assistance both residents and visitors alike.
Planning your Trip to the UK: 3 Things to Consider
So if you’re planning to visit the UK, here are three top tips to ensure that your trip goes as smoothly as possible: –
- Choose Your Accommodation with Care
UK hotels and B&Bs will almost always offer disabled access, but a little bit of planning ahead of time is the best way to ensure that your accommodation meets your needs. Don’t worry about getting in touch with the proprietor in advance to let them know about your specific requirements.
Most people in the hospitality business will be more than happy to ensure that your trip is as positive an experience as possible, so if you need a ground floor room or help getting upstairs then just let them know. They will be more than happy to help you!
- Create an Itinerary
Another way to make sure that your holiday goes without a hitch is to create an itinerary. Most UK tourist sites will have disabled access, and will cater to those with impairments such as blindness, deafness, or mobility issues. The best way to check this in advance is by visiting their websites. These should include full details of how they cater to those with a disability, and most will enable you to let them know in advance that you’re coming, so that they can accommodate you as fully as possible.
There are plenty of places to choose from, and Allied Mobility has created a great infographic on accessible sites for those in need of a little inspiration, guidance and understanding.
- Take a Look at Public Transport Routes
One final way to improve your experience is by planning your journeys in advance. There are a lot of places in the UK where there is a large amount of walking between tourist sites, and for those with mobility problems this can cause some issues.
Luckily, the UK has a great public transport system, and this is fully adapted to suit those with disabilities. With a plethora of information available online, take a look at your potential routes in advance so that you can plan out exactly how to get from A to B before you even arrive.
Plan your perfect holiday today with these three top tips, which will enable you to enjoy a seamless, unrestricted and ultimately exciting trip overseas!