Accessible Travel

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If you have a medical condition it can seem like it is more hassle than it is worth trying to organise a trip even quite close to home. With accessibility a top priority there is so much to consider that wouldn’t even cross other travellers minds; From access to popular tourist hot spots to the availability of nearby medical services and  from ensuring comfort in the accommodation to simply just getting around, it can be an absolute headache.

Let this article ease the burden slightly with some things to think about and some top tips.

Travel Insurance

This can be the number one bug bear of travellers with additional needs. Often it can be difficult to get insurance of any sort, let alone at a reasonable price. Don’t worry if all of the usual routes seem like dead ends as there are specialist companies out there who cater specifically for those travellers with additional needs so they are able to travel without worry.

One such company is Able To Travel who cover people with all sorts of pre-existing conditions from cancer to cardiovascular conditions. They have a sensitive service and all applications are dealt with on a case by case basis with no base rates, so you know that you are getting the perfectly tailored package that you need.

Accommodation

To ensure that your accommodation is going to be suitable for you ask , ask and ask again. Contact the site directly, even if your travel agent assures you all will be well, to double check that all is as it seems. Make sure that you have assistance where necessary, for example a porter to help with doors or bags and if in doubt, don’t do it; Go for another option that is certain to avoid getting that sinking feeling when you should be having a relaxing break.

You Are Not Alone

All of this extra work when booking your trip can leave you feeling frustrated, annoyed and downright exasperated. So before you get yourself into a tizzy, just take a moment to remember that you are not alone. There are lots of other people in the same position as you, some of whom are regular travellers and manage to travel to some of the most remote parts of the world. Visit some travel forums for moral support and to get hints and tips from regular travellers or take a look at these tips on travelling with medical conditions.

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