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Traveling Overseas with Limited Mobility

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If you have limited mobility or you’re recovering from an illness or treatment, you may assume that it will be too hard to travel overseas. Luckily, with a bit of preparation you can have an incredible holiday and enjoy yourself while still staying safe and comfortable.

Here are some tips for traveling overseas with limited mobility:

Get Advice

Talk to your doctor before you book your holiday, as they’ll let you know if you need to liaise with any local healthcare support either while you’re away or before you leave the country. Purchase travel insurance, call the company if you have any questions and be sure to read your policy so you know exactly what you’re covered for. You may also need to go to your local pharmacy to get copies of your prescriptions if you’ll be flying, and if you’ll be away for a while you may want to get your prescriptions early so you don’t risk running out while you’re away.

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Use Assistance

There is a lot of assistance available for those with limited mobility, and a mobility scooter can really help. There are even some folding mobility scooters that you can take away with you, making it easy to get around as soon as you arrive at the airport.

Airline staff are also available to help you, and if you’re traveling with friends or family members you can let them know exactly how much you can do on your own, and what kind of activities you need help with.

Book Early

Booking your trip early will ensure that you have plenty of time to make all necessary arrangements to ensure you have a comfortable trip. If you use a travel agent, they can make some notes in your booking, explaining that you may need some help, and can also give you information about how accessible different hotels and tours are.

Airlines generally need at least 24 hours notice if you will need help embarking and disembarking, so if you’re not booking through a travel agent, give the airline a call as soon as you can to ensure that someone will be available to help you if necessary.

If possible, avoid flying early in the morning. If you’re like many people, the stress and worry about missing your flight or what will happen at the airport will mean you have a restless night of sleep, and you won’t travel well if you’re tired. Taking a flight during the day will mean the airport is less busy and there will also be fewer people and less waiting in line.

Booking early will also mean that the best flights will still be available, and you can get a flight with limited stops or transfers, meaning you won’t be exhausted by the time you reach your destination.

As you can see, there’s no reason why you can’t have a lovely holiday, even if you’re traveling with limited mobility. Staying organised will ensure you can have a comfortable and smooth trip.

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