Travelling is an exciting part of life. It’s the chance to experience new cultures, enjoy new sights, and have lots of fun exploring new places. However, between the transport, accommodation, and crowds of tourists, travel can prove stressful for people who have special needs or require additional support - but it doesn’t need to be! Take a look at our top travel options to make your next holiday enjoyable and worry-free.
Coach tours are one of the most comfortable, relaxing ways to take a short break or longer holiday across the UK, Ireland and Europe. There’s a huge range of package coach holidays to choose from - whether you fancy a short break to your favourite UK city, or a longer holiday traveling across a beautiful region of Europe. The main advantage of a coach tour is that you have the freedom to visit multiple locations and usually, all of the travel arrangements are included in your package. This means you don’t need to worry about booking transport, accommodation, or tours. Modern coaches are comfortable, have experienced drivers, and great on-board facilities to give you a relaxing journey. You will also have the opportunity to meet like-minded people and enjoy the holiday experience together.
Cruise holidays are a great choice for people with disabilities or additional needs. Many ships now offer accessible cruises and provide specific services and facilities related to accessibility. So, whether you’re a wheelchair user, have a loss of vision, or you require specialist medical assistance, you're sure to find a cruise ship designed to cater to your needs. During a cruise, the ship moves from destination to destination, allowing you to disembark for a few hours to explore and then get back on board to relax until your next port. One of the main advantage of this is that you can visit lots of different locations without the usual rigours of travelling. Many of the miles are travelled during the evening or overnight, when you’re likely to be enjoying the onboard entertainment or resting. You can choose whether to take part in the activities or tours, or stay onboard and relax by the pool or sunbath on deck.
An African safari is high on many people's bucket list, but safaris are consistently portrayed as being for able-bodied outdoor enthusiasts. However, safaris and other adventure activities for disabled people and those with limited mobility are a rapidly growing market. There are now a number of companies offering wheelchair accessible safari holidays, and there are more options available than ever. These specialist tour operators will assess your needs and advise you on which hotels and lodges have accessible facilities, which attractions can be explored with minimal stress, and which airlines provide the best accessible services. They will create a tailor-made holiday to offer you an unforgettable experience, no matter what your limitations.
There are plenty of cultural attractions that are accessible to people with disabilities or additional needs. The Science Museum in London provides a fun and informative day out for the whole family and was recognised as being one of the UK’s best accessible visitor attractions. Museum accessibility maps are available throughout the building and staff are always on hand to assist any visitors needing additional support. The museum also holds special events and tours for deaf audiences, as well as visitors with visual impairments. Another great option could be the Tate Modern Museum in London. This popular contemporary art museum offers wheelchairs for visitors to borrow, Touch Tours, audio guides, and a sign language multimedia guide for visitors with disabilities.
A theme park can be a fun and exciting holiday destination! Disney World is famous for providing a welcoming and inclusive environment and accessible experiences for guests with special needs. Disney Parks offer a Disability Access Service Card (DAS), which is designed to accommodate guests who aren’t able to wait in a conventional queue environment due to a disability. With this service, you receive a return time for attractions based on the current wait time. As soon as you finish one attraction, you can receive a return time for another. Before going to any theme park, it’s a good idea to get a short letter from your GP stating the nature of your disability. You can show this letter at the Guest Services office inside the theme park in order to facilitate your request for services, such as a fast pass for attractions.
Always make sure you plan ahead when taking an accessible trip, read our top tips.
Looking for a perfect wheelchair to take on your travels?
The Krypton F is the ideal choice when it comes to travel. The lightweight folding cross-brace on the Krypton F means that folding has never been easier. The Krypton F is 500g lighter than the Xenon-FF and is the lightest adjustable wheelchair in the world. The chair can fold horizontally for a more compact size.
When the Krypton is folded, you can choose to remove the wheels or stow the wheelchair in a folded position. The fold-down back option provides an even more compact folding package.
*Pictured: Argon 2 & Krypton