A Guide to Accessible Travel: Tips for Travelling with Mobility Issues or Disabilities
Everyone should be able to travel, regardless of health, mobility, or ability level. If you’re affected by these issues but long for an adventure, this article is for you.
We will offer some tips for accessible travel to make your trip as smooth as possible. Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, you’ll find them helpful to help you plan your journey.
Travelling for wheelchair users
Nowadays, most modes of transport are wheelchair-friendly, so you should have a choice of ways to get about.
Travelling in your car can work well, allowing you to get comfy and take breaks when needed. If you are staying closer to home, plan your itinerary so you know where you can take comfort breaks in wheelchair-accessible facilities.
Travelling by bus or train can also be a good option for wheelchair users. Most stations have ramps to allow easy access, lifts and accessible toilets. You can also check with individual transport operators to know their onboard facilities.
Our top tip: check out the “wheelchair accessible” function in Google Maps — it will help you find the best route to your destination using public transport.
When you’re travelling abroad in a wheelchair and are flying to get there, let Click and Trip and your airline know in advance that you’re a wheelchair user — they will provide assistance to help you get on and off the plane.
It’s also worth booking an aisle seat, so it’s easy to get in and out of your heart, and choosing a direct flight instead of one with a layover if you can. Speak to one of our staff members to learn more.
Travelling for the visually impaired
Being visually impaired should be no barrier when it comes to travel — there are many hacks to help you make the most of your trip.
Whichever mode of transport you choose, make sure you let staff know about your needs. Most travel companies, like Click and Trip, have services to help disabled passengers find their seats and offer assistance during the journey.
Install any smartphone apps that will help you on your travels — for example, those that offer an audio description of your location.
Above all, don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether requesting an extensive print menu or asking fellow travellers to help you find your cases on the luggage carousel.
The most accessible cities in the world
Now that we’ve whetted your appetite for travel, it’s time to make some plans! According to a survey of 3,500 travellers with disabilities by the global CEO collective Valuable 500, these are some of the most accessible cities in the world:
● Amsterdam – The Accessible Travel Netherlands website offers options to hire a range of mobility equipment delivered to your accommodation. With plenty of accessible museums, parks, and other attractions to explore, you’ll have a wealth of choices!
● Las Vegas – As well as being famed for its lively nightlife, Las Vegas is also renowned for offering wheelchair-friendly attractions. These include many in the famous Strip, where you’ll find plenty of accessible restaurants, casinos and hotels.
● Singapore – This bustling destination prides itself on providing plenty of wheelchair ramps to popular tourist venues like Gardens by the Bay and Supertree Grove. If you’re feeling adventurous, visit Helix Bridge, which has easy-access viewing platforms for stunning views.
Let Click and Trip help make your travel dreams come true
Nothing can stop you from dreaming big — and at Click and Trip, we’re here to make that happen!
We’re a pioneering travel agency just for independent travellers like you, and our experts are only a few clicks away to help you plan and book your holiday.
We understand how much travelling means to you, so we’ve included information about accessibility on our trip pages.
Our clever system lets you choose what kind of trip you want, whether it’s an active holiday or a relaxing break, and you can customise it according to any particular needs you have.