Is exploring the streets of Paris still a dream for you? Not sure if the public transport is easily accessible or not?
You do not need to suppress your passion for traveling in your wheelchair anymore. Accessible travel is one of the flourishing precincts in the travel industry. With proper research and planning, you can plan your next accessible trip without any stress and worry.
Here are a few things you can do before traveling to a new place.
List your Own Requirements
While planning your trip, list all the thing you can and cannot do and line up your plan accordingly. Being prepared will help you to avoid unnecessary stress and make your vacation more enjoyable.
Google is your Best Friend
Accessible travel is very common in the travel industry nowadays. There is more information than you need on the internet, which is quite astonishing. So, if you have any questions, all you have to do is google it. Search for the place you are heading to and you will find all categories of accessible options according to your needs.
Read Some Blogs
There are many blogs and websites on accessible travel that offer free resources. These blogs are always worth checking out. People may already have visited if it is a touristy place. You can always find blogs and have real-life answers to all your enquiries.
Give them a Call
Always call ahead. While booking your hotel, provide them with necessary information regarding your travel and ask them about accessible options they offer. Calling up the relevant tourism board is always a good idea as they can be your most reliable source of information.
Hire a Travel Agent
If the budget is not a problem for you, do some research and hire a travel agent. As they are experts in their field, they will make your journey more enjoyable. You do not need to plan your entire journey through agents, ask them to help with the things you are having doubts with and they will offer you the best options available.
Know your Rights
Beware of your own rights and use them to protect yourself when in trouble.
Keep your Expectations Reasonable
Accessible options are not always very common. Research properly while planning your trip and have realistic expectations. Be prepared for some ups and downs and never be afraid to ask for help. Better be safe than sorry.
Things You Can Do While Traveling
- If you are facing any trouble with your transportation, you can always ask your hotel staff. Even if they cannot provide you with a solution, they always have some information that may help you.
- If you are unsure about any public transport, you can ask local people about accessibility and wheelchair or mobility scooter friendly buses or taxi. Most places are very welcoming to their tourist. They will be more than happy to help you.
- If other options do not work, you can always come back to the tourism board. Contact the nearby tourist office with your questions and concerns.