At Special Bridge, you have the opportunity to connect with people around the world just like you. Whether you’re a person with cerebral palsy or you’re on the autism spectrum, you have a place you can be yourself. In fact, Special Bridge is the social community for all people with disabilities, and we’re very happy to be part of the culture for people with disabilities.
Of course, there’s always a good chance you might meet someone special online and want to visit them. Or maybe you’ve been bitten by the travel bug, and you want to visit as many places as you can. And the reality is that you have an unlimited number of choices world-wide to enjoy. But as a person with a disability, you might be searching for a few tips before you head out on your next adventure.
So, your friends at Special Bridge put together this list of top tips for world travel for people with disabilities! And while disabilities vary, you should still find several tips that apply to you, and we’ve tried to include a few for everyone.
Research, research, research
For anyone traveling, research is one of the best ways to prepare for your next trip. As a person with disabilities, this is especially true. With the power of the internet today, we can dive into planning a trip just about anywhere in the world. For example, you might want to check what attractions are in a particular city, what accommodations work best for you, as well as getting around and meeting new people.
Make a phone call or two
On that note, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and call a hotel or dining spot you might be interested in. Talking directly with someone at your destination can help you determine if additional accommodations might be necessary or what else they can offer you. You’re also establishing a contact in the area that can be incredibly valuable when you arrive.
Request additional accommodations as needed
After you’ve arrived, you might discover that you need an extra accommodation or two. For many people, it’s perfectly natural to have a unique need, and in lots of places, people are more than willing to make a few changes for guests. This is as much true whether you need a little extra quiet in your hotel room or a different seating arrangement while dining.
Create a checklist for any medications
Traveling can be challenge for just about anyone. With everything you have to remember and keep track of, not to mention being in a totally new place, you might feel overwhelmed at times. One way to deal with this issue is to make checklists, and for people with disabilities, a checklist that may help is a medication checklist. This way, with the excitement of your travels, you won’t forget any of yours.
Choose something a bit different
Although major tourist attractions can be a ton of fun, there are so many more choices out there. And for people with disabilities, these other spots may offer experiences that you can enjoy even more. A few examples might include a contemplative public rose garden or stargazing in a small town’s best park.
Hook up with a buddy
Still, as the social community for people with disabilities, we’re all about friendship. It’s very common for people of all types to travel with a good friend, and because it can make a trip that much more exciting, we also recommend it for this list too!
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