Things to consider when booking holidays for disabled people

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A holiday is meant to be a time of relaxation and forgetting about all the woes and worries of home. However, if you are disabled or travelling with a disabled person, it can be a very stressful and difficult experience; not really the holiday you had in mind. So where can you go on holiday and still have a good time? What facilities are you going to need to ensure you get some time to relax as well?

Home or away

You may be tempted to go on holiday abroad somewhere hot and sunny but having a disability can make this a lot harder. Obviously, you shouldn’t put the idea out of your mind completely, but give it some serious thought as to whether it is realistically feasible. Some airlines can be more helpful than others, as can some resorts. Do your research before making your decision so you can get an idea of what to expect. You’ll also need to consider specialist disability travel cover as well, to ensure you’re covered if anything goes wrong.

Don’t be put off by the idea of staying in the UK either. While the weather can be a little unpredictable, there are still lots of beautiful places worth visiting. The south coast has some lovely views and the weather tends to be nice as well. Don’t rule out a city break either; a long weekend in London could be just what you need, particularly if you want to visit a health spa and do some shopping; Westfield shopping centre has disabled access, free wheelchairs and plenty of stores to keep you going.

Self-catering

If you are going on a self-catering holiday, you will need to ensure you can get everything you need for all of your meals. It’s all well and good having a room with a full kitchen area but if the side boards are set quite high up from the floor, this could prove difficult for wheelchair users. Similarly, you will need to have access to the local supermarkets and shops to buy all the ingredients you will need and there is a risk that they won’t have disabled access. The laws in the UK are not necessarily the same abroad so you may not find you have the same ease of access. It may be easier to go for an all-inclusive option so you don’t have to worry about sorting out your own meals. It also gives you a chance to completely relax and let other people do all the hard work for you.

Activities

In Southampton, you will find the Jubilee Sailing Trust. There is a tall ship that buddies up disabled people with non-wheelchair users, allowing them to enjoy the experience fully. They will even have the opportunity to climb the rigging and take in some amazing views. This activity is perfect if you are determined to be as active as possible, despite a disability. You’ll also find a whole range of hotels in Southampton that have disabled access, allowing you to enjoy your holiday as much as possible.

Lauren Sutton is a UK-based journalist and regularly writes travel articles for a number of insurance suppliers, such as this one, for Free Spirit Travel Insurance.

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