Aruba, Jamaica, oh I want to take you to
Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego…
…ok that’s enough of The Beach Boys but actually these destinations are not only beautiful, warm and part of a famous song from the 80s, but also have hotels and resorts that offer accessible holidays for people with reduced mobility.
There’s nothing like taking a holiday, it gives you a welcome escape from the daily grind, lowers stress levels and gives you a productivity and creativity reboot for when you go back to work. Unfortunately, when you suffer from a disability that restricts your movement, the thought of looking for the perfect holiday and contemplating getting out and about, can start to have the opposite effect that holidays should have.
Fear not, there are loads of holiday providers that offer a massive range of holidays for the less abled. From cruises and beaches to city breaks, country cottages and even skiing and safari holidays. The world really is your oyster.
Whether you require wheelchair access, have difficulty walking long distances or have specific mobility equipment needs, such companies can plan every aspect of your trip from accommodation to transfers and even activities during your stay.
After doing some online searching we found that a number of holiday providers acknowledge that reduced mobility doesn’t mean everyone has the same needs. In fact, a number of companies offer a hotline number where you can get advice, request additional support should it be needed and book specific equipment for your room. This can range from accessible vehicles at your chosen destination, disability equipment in the bathroom or bedroom and support at check-in and airport transfers.
For some people it is not just the thought of getting about but also the costs involved in trying to achieve the perfect holiday. The Disability Aid Trust is just one of the charities out there, which provides grants to assist in covering the cost of helpers to support disabled people on holiday, as well as financial aid towards the cost of holidays and helpers to give carers a break.
No one should miss out on the holiday of a lifetime or the chance to step away from everyday life, relax and make great memories.
With any holiday you book, make sure the company’s holiday packages are covered by ATOL and TTA (Travel Trust Association) which means that you are 100% financially protected when you book through them. It’s also best to check the flights are included with this ATOL scheme and not just the hotel. And don’t forget to get adequate insurance cover.
If you have previously been on an accessible holiday, we would love to hear from you. Maybe you can share your story to help others. Get in touch here.