There is no denying that traveling abroad can require careful planning, and this is even more so the case if you have limited mobility. If you have special requests, you need to be 100 per cent certain that your exact requirements can be met.
We often advise that you map out your journey mentally, from the moment you leave your home to when you arrive at your destination, and think about all of the possible challenges you may encounter along the way. This will help you to figure out what you are going to need from your travel agent or tour operator.
To give you a helping hand, we are going to take a look at some of the common things that people with limited mobility need to consider when travelling abroad, whether this is with someone who cares for you, or on your own. This is by no means an exhaustive list but it should help you to understand some of the key areas to keep in mind.
Some of the key areas to consider when travelling to another country
Firstly, you need to think about how you are going to get to the airport. Are you going to require a specially adapted taxi? Do you need assistance from the car park through to check-in and then to get on the plan? If you need a buggy or a wheelchair, you need to let the airline know about this in advance.
You will find that most airports have online maps, so you can easily find information regarding reserved seating and disabled toilets.
Once you arrive at the destination, you also need to think about your transfer through the airport and then to your chosen destination. If you are going to be renting a vehicle and you need a hands-controlled car, you will certainly need to sort this out in advance. We would advise that you get this confirmed in writing so you can be sure there are not any issues when you arrive at destination.
It is vital to remember that, in accordance with European law, you are entitled to certain levels of assistance if you are an individual with reduced mobility (PRM).
You also need to consider your accommodation with care. Some of the things you may need to ask for include induction loops, notices in Braille, light switches at the correct height, grab rails, a flat floor shower, wheelchair ramps, and a suitably adapted room.
It can also help to find out information about the leisure facilities for those with limited mobility.
Final words on travelling with limited mobility
We hope that this post has helped you to get a good understanding of some of the different elements you need to consider if you are travelling abroad with limited.
It is important to take the time to consider all of the different parts of your trip so you can completely cover any help or assistance that may be required. The last thing you want to do is arrive and realise you require something you never thought about, leaving you in a tricky situation in a foreign place.