TravelEz Tips and Tricks for Travel
TravelEz Tips and Tricks
Saint Augustine famously said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Traveling for some is a hobby, some a job, and others a lifestyle. Whatever role it plays in our lives, we can all agree that it is a transformative and fulfilling experience without which we would be less knowledgeable about ourselves and about the world around us.
Traveling is fun, exhilarating, and eye-opening. We all know from personal experiences, though, that good planning is one of the key ingredients to a good trip. While different obstacles and locations elicit their own distinct challenges, there are some things we can all do to make our trips as smooth and hassle-free as they can possibly be!
Read our tips and ticks to making traveling with a disability easier and more enjoyable!
- Plan ahead of time! The best way to ensure you have the most hassle-free trip possible is by doing your research ahead of time (you’re already off to a great start by reading this). Calling hotels and attractions/museums in advance to make appropriate accommodations is a must, and it is best to make sure your itinerary is reasonable to do given your budget for time and distance.
- Use the TravelEz website! Use the TravelEz website to find locations that match your accessibility standards in the area surrounding your destination. Also consider downloading apps like Yelp, TripAdvisor and Zagat to find the best things to do and eat in your destination.
- The earlier the better. Accessible rooms tend to be less common and booked earlier than other rooms (e.g. in Europe, hotels tend to only have one or two accessible rooms).
- Be specific. Employees often are quick to say places are accessible without thinking through what “accessible” really means. Take the extra second to explain details of your particular accessibility standards and ask questions about features you expect to have. When you make your hotel reservation, make sure you have a guarantee on file (email, confirmation note, etc.) rather than just the affirmation that there is an accessible room on the premises.
- Have a backup plan. Plans have an especially spontaneous tendency to go in a different direction than you told them to. Whether it’s rain falling as soon as you step out the bedroom door or the attraction you planned on visiting is closed for irregular maintenance, something will go not how you expected it to. Make sure to have a backup plan to keep the good times rolling!
- Make sure you have the proper equipment and medical related items, if necessary. Make necessary arrangements with your doctor, and take a doctor’s note and phone number along with your baggage. Also bring along extra medication, spare parts, and tools.
- Allow extra time. If you know you like to take your time and avoid the stress of last-minuteness, make sure to leave additional time for things like leaving the hotel for the day or arriving at the airport.
- Laugh a lot and take time to smell the roses! We all know your trip is probably not going to turn out exactly how you imagined. And we also know that the spontaneity and complications contribute to the fun and memories of your next adventure! Enjoy the destination, but enjoy the journey too! After all, there’s a reason its called “traveling” and not “arriving”!