Some people with disability or special needs are often hesitant from enjoying what life has to offer because of their condition. Some have lost the will to be active and move as much as they physically can. One of the special events they fail to experience is travelling and exploring how beautiful the world is. In this article, you will know that having a special need should not be an issue nor a hindrance to reach your dream destination. You will be able to have an idea on how to have your greatest travel adventure despite of your condition. Just follow these 4 steps on how to achieve it without inconvenience.
1. Plan your travel
You need to plan ahead. Organize your thoughts on what you want, where you want to go and what you need and you might need. Get more information about your destination. You can do some research through the internet or ask some disabled travelers so you know what to expect and you have an idea what place is perfect for you. You should also know the airport’s services for your special needs and inform your travel service provider about your disability so they have enough preparation for your needed assistance. Moreover, you need to ask your doctor if it is advisable for you to travel.
2. Keep in mind some safety travel tips
It is necessary for a disabled traveler to know some safety and health tips to be prepared in any way. Always bring with you extra medication so in times of emergency. You should also bring a note with an advice from your doctor if you need to present it. There are travel agents who specializes in handling differently abled persons so it is better to have one to lessen your burden. Connecting flights should be avoided if possible so you will not need to hurry for your next flight. But if you really have to go in for a connected flight, make sure you have plenty of time between flights to save your energy.
3. Know your rights
Your disability should not stop you from being happy and feeling contented. Everybody has equal right to be treated fairly and with respect. You must know your rights as well as the rules for travelers with disabilities. Getting an insensitive remark and ridicule will always affect your mood and spoil your day, especially when you are supposed to be in a vacation.
4. Fight for your rights
Fighting for your rights might not be easy to do but you must be brave in standing up for yourself. Do not allow other people degrade you and make you feel down. In instances that you encounter any violation of your rights, you need to take immediate action to resolve the issue. Know the right person, office or department to whom you can file a complaint directly. If still the problem is not resolved, you can report it to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Through this, you will be able to help not only yourself but also others so as not to experience being offended.