Planning an accessible getaway but not sure how or where to start? Planning any kind of trip is a very exciting adventure. You and your friends or family are excited about the possibilities while you are away and the kind of things you might see and do while you are there. Not everyone is prepared to meet the challenge of planning a vacation especially one where there are additional needs and concerns. If you have never been to a city or country before how do you prepare for what may lie ahead of you during your travels? Use our simple guide to walk you through the basic steps of planning your accessible getaway for a smooth adventure.
- Pick your destination
Choosing your destination can mean the opportunity to see someplace new or return to a place you love. The destination you choose can be based on what you like to do, what you want to do, what you want to see and experience. There are so many amazing countries to choose from that choosing the right one for your adventure is essential. Every destination has something different offer travelers which is why it is important to know what you hope to get out of your travel experiences.
- Use a accessible travel agent or plan on your own
Deciding to plan your own travels or use a travel professional can depend on your level of comfort and experience in travel planning. When it comes to accessible travel it is even more important to seek out an accessible travel consultant. An accessible travel consultant can assist in choosing the right destination for your abilities and ensure every aspect of the trip will meet your accessibility needs.
- Check the destinations accessibility standards
It is always important to check the accessibility standards of a destination during the beginning phases of the planning process. If you choose to use an accessible travel agent they will assist in choosing the best destination to meet your needs. Most countries outside of Canada and the United States do not have accessibility laws mandating access requirements. It is for this reason you need to do the research on where you wish to visit to ensure your needs will be met. Most tourist destinations will have some infrastructure to accommodate access needs but historical sites and older hotels may not. Check the electricity standards and check the outlet types before you travel to ensure any electronic and medical devices can be used while abroad.
- Select your hotel
Choosing your hotel is very important. A hotel acts as your home base during your travels. It should be comfortable and meet your needs for your stay. Hotels vary greatly in their amenities depending on where they are located and the cost of each hotel can vary greatly as well. Sticking with big name brand hotels often has the best availability of access in a hotel but this can also come at a price. Hotel chains like Mariott and Sheraton have hotels around the world with often with accessibility in all or most of their hotels.
- Book your flights
Choosing the best flight option for you can vary greatly on where you are going and your level of needs. Often the best flight option is non-stop service from one destination to another. This avoids additional transferring and additional travel time. Sometimes for longer distances though, breaking up the flight might be essential. For example, anyone who has difficulty using the airplane washroom may find breaking up their flights and getting a connection provides the traveler with time to deboard use the facilities in a connecting airport and re-board their next plane.
- Get travel insurance
Travel insurance if the most important aspect of planning your trip. It is important to make sure you are covered for every aspect of travel. For Canadians, our provincial healthcare does not cover medical expenses outside of our province of residence. For this reason, it is important to ensure you have a full medical policy for emergencies and unexpected events when you leave the province. In addition to medical policies many people choose to get cancellation insurance. Most medical policies have exclusions for pre-existing conditions however there are policies that will cover pre-existing conditions and an accessible travel consultant can help you obtain this insurance. Cancellation insurance protects the non-refundable amount of your trip in case you need to cancel your trip prior to departure. Trip interruption insurance also exists to assist in returning home if you need to travel prior to your scheduled departure or if you are delayed getting home due to unforeseen circumstances. Travel insurance is always for unexpected and unforeseen circumstances only.
- Plan for the unexpected
We always want our travel plans to go as expected, exactly as we plan out, however this is not always the case. The key to dealing with the unexpected while traveling is to remain calm and work through it. Sometimes unexpected events can bring about good change and introduce us to something or somewhere we may not have thought about prior to our travels. It is always a matter of how you deal with the unexpected. Do you let it ruin your vacation or do you roll with the punches and enjoy your time regardless, seeking out new adventures as you go.
With these tips you are ready to begin your travel planning adventure. Always remember, be brave, be adventurous, and travel on.
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