Traveling with a mobility impairment is easier than ever before but still can be difficult depending on which part of the world your vacation or work trip takes you to. Accessibility for those with mobility impairments varies greatly between countries and cities. Very few countries are as well-equipped to handle differences in mobility as the United States, making domestic travel an attractive choice for your next vacation. It is certainly possible to see the world with a mobility impairment, but some extra planning may be required.
If you are flying to your destination, inquire about boarding and disembarkation before you book your flight. Some airlines force those with mobility impairments to wait to disembark until all others have left the plane, which can add significant time to your travel plan.
Cruises are a good option for those traveling with special needs. Accessibility varies by cruise line but there are also cruises specially catered to the mobility impaired. These special lines may offer 24 emergency medical assistance, help moving around on board, larger rooms to accommodate equipments and activities that are catered to fit your abilities. Specialty cruises offer a fantastic opportunity to see many ports in one trip and give you peace of mind knowing your needs are met.
Hotels outside of the United States cannot always accommodate the needs of mobility impaired travelers. Throughly researching your area of travel and your lodging can ensure your needs are met abroad. Ask if the staff is prepared to help should you need assistance onsite.
Carefully plan your itinerary to include impairment-friendly restaurants and sites. Like hotels, many dining establishments and tourist sites around the world are not accessible to those that are mobility impaired. Some sites are located far from parking, are surrounded by long entrance lines and may not have ample seating for when you need a rest.
Due to these issues, a power wheelchair or mobility scooter is your best option for increasing your mobility on vacation and making sure you experience your destination as fully as possible. Lightweight and affordable models are easy to travel with, store and provide you comfort all day long. A durable model can easily withstand the rigors of travel and daily use and speeds of 4 mph mean you won't spend extra time getting to your destination.
There is simply no better solution to traveling with a mobility impairment than using a power wheelchair or mobility scooter. However, in order to facilitate taking your mobility aid along with you, you'll need a vehicle wheelchair lift or carrier. AmeriGlide has you covered - click here to see our full selection of vehicle wheelchair lifts and trailers for mobility devices!