What does it mean to travel with disabilities?

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What does it mean to travel with disabilities?

People who live with disabilities may have some difficulties traveling, but they will do it all the same. Just because there are some impediments, it does not mean you should not have the joy of exploring the world. However, the challenges you may meet can be labeled as hard or easy to overcome. Fortunately, there is enough information online that can help you go through anything. With a little bit of effort and research, you can overcome pretty much any impediment that may stay between you and your desire to travel.

Below you will find the most common aspects you need to do your homework on. As long as you plan ahead and look into the things you are interested in, you should have a lovely trip.

Read about your destination and see if it is disabled-friendly

There is no point in going somewhere if there are no ramps for wheelchairs, for example. Most countries have laws that compel public places to have ramps for people who use wheelchairs, but there are a lot of exemptions for older buildings that have stairs right from the streets. Of course, all public service places have a way of access, but you will not be spending all your time in restaurants, museums, and mall, are you? If you want to see a specific landmark, you should check and see if it has a way of access that you can see. Otherwise, it may be tricky for you to overcome this impasse.

Apart from landmarks, you should check the public transportation system. Most travelers use public transport to get where they want. As long as the public system offers assistance, you are good to go. For example, Delhi’s metro system (India) is specially designed to accommodate people with disabilities.

Specific policies for devices

Depending on your disability, you may need some kind of device to take with you, such as a wheelchair, portable machine, respirator, and so on. If that is the case with you, you must learn about a few things. For example, if you have an electric wheelchair, you need to do your research about the voltage of electricity in the country of destination, the type of plug, and the reliability of the electric system. All that can spare you a lot of trouble.

Medical considerations

Before you decide to travel, you should have a conversation with your primary physician. You need to know precisely what your medical needs are during your trip. On the same subject, you should find out whether or not your insurance would cover your medical expenses abroad. If not, you need supplemental medical insurance.


If your disability requires around the clock care, you cannot travel alone. One of the things you should remember is that you cannot take your assistant on your visa if your destination requires one. The person in question needs his or her own document. You can use iVisa if you like. The online application process would help you a great deal, and it takes very little time. The most important thing you need from your assistant is his or her passport. You can get passport photos online for him/her. That is if your assistant does not have one. In some countries, there are special requirements for assistance, so you should check that out.

Being disabled may not be the easiest thing in the world, but that should not stop you from enjoying the world’s wonders. You can and should travel. That will make you enjoy life more.

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