Accessible Travel

We know that for many of our clients planning a trip or a holiday after suffering an injury from medical negligence, it can be difficult or worrying, especially for those who are disabled or have accessibility challenges.

But travel is for everyone and so, as summer approaches, we invited accessible travel expert Jon Fletcher from the Wheelie Good Travel Company to share his top tips for an accessible holiday.

Jon is a wheelchair user and travels regularly with his Canine Partners assistance dog, Georgia and his husband, David, who is blind.

Jon knows the challenges of accessible travel first-hand, but also the fun, joy and excitement it can bring. He set up Wheelie Good Travel Company to enable disabled travellers to access travel that is tailored specifically to their needs.

Jon has provided our clients with some top tips for finding the perfect accessible holiday.

Five Tips for an Accessible Holiday

  1. Talk to an experienced accessible travel specialist

    If you are a disabled traveller it makes sense to talk to someone who will understand your needs and requirements and who has the experience and knowledge to access the services and facilities that you require to make a dream holiday accessible and stress-free. Not all High Street Travel agents have the experience to do this.
  2. Book Early
    Accessible accommodation is limited and does sell out much quicker than any other types of accommodation.  I always advise fellow disabled travellers to book as far ahead as possible to have the greatest choice of accommodation and to ensure that you have accommodation that will meet your needs.
  1. Ensure your travel agent is fully aware of your needs and requirements necessary to make your holiday accessible
    I cannot over stress how important this is.  The more information you can give to your travel specialist the better. This information can help make your holiday not just more accessible but also less stressful for you.
  2. Ensure you have adequate holiday insurance
    I cannot stress enough how important it is to ensure that you have good travel insurance.  There are some really great travel insurance providers out there who specialise in insuring disabled travellers and travellers with pre-existing conditions.  It is also worth noting that many banks and building societies offer free travel insurance with premium accounts, so it is worth checking if you are eligible for these policies.  The sad fact is that travelling without travel insurance could be a costly mistake if the unthinkable happens. Investing in a good travel policy is always a wise move.
  3. Ensure you pack a carry on bag
    with a change of clothes, passport, medications, swimming costumes etc

As well as being a travel agent, Jon also blogs about accessible travel and has a podcast where he shares more tips, advice and guides to take the daunting out of discovery!

The Wheelie Good Travel podcast is available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Here are a few of Jon’s blogs and podcast episodes that we enjoyed:

Accessible Things To See & Do In London (wheeliegoodtravelcompany.com)

Handy Tips For Disabled Visitors To Paris (wheeliegoodtravelcompany.com)

https://anchor.fm/wheeliegoodtravelguide/episodes/Wheelie-Good-Travel-Guide-Episode-8—The-Best-kept-Secret-in-Accessible-Travel-Ilunion-e20tfem

https://anchor.fm/wheeliegoodtravelguide/episodes/Wheelie-Good-Travel-Guide-Episode-4—Disneyland-Paris-e1vbv93

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