4 traveling tips for those with limited mobility
Holiday travel is a staple of the season for many of us. And while the promise of spending time with friends and family is exciting, traveling with limited mobility can sometimes feel overwhelming.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to! With a bit of planning, travelers with limited mobility can simplify their journey. It will take a bit of time to get everything sorted out before you leave, but you’ll enjoy your trip that much more.
Before you hit the road, try these helpful tips.
Wherever you’re headed, take a few moments to call your transportation provider and hotel to ask about the accommodations and communicate your needs. If you’re flying, this can be particularly helpful. Different airlines tend to have slightly different policies, but you can typically arrange for assistance getting through security and reaching your gate. You’ll also be able to share whether you’d like to board first or last and confirm your seating preference. If traveling by train, you can inquire about the best platforms for boarding. And if staying in a hotel, you can request accessibility details and share any room preferences you may have.
Chat with your doctor
Your physician will likely have excellent recommendations to help you increase your comfort and reduce strain during travels. A quick check-in also provides a great opportunity to ask questions about taking medication while traveling.
Consult a specialist
If your budget allows, you may want to work with a travel agent who is well versed in limited mobility travel. This can be particularly helpful if you’re making an unfamiliar trip. Many travel agents develop specialties over the years. You can use the Find An ASTA Travel Agent search on TravelSense.org to find an agent with the right experience to serve your needs and interests.
Communicate, communicate, communicate
Once your trip has started, keep up the communication. If you’re traveling with companions, let them know how you’re feeling and how they can help. At your destination and at stops along the way, ask for help if you need it. The more the people around you understand your needs, the more they’ll be able to do to ensure you enjoy your trip.
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