When making vacation plans, asking the right questions is key to having a memorable time. Do not take for granted that an “accessible” or ADA-compliant room is going to meet all of your needs. You or your travel advisor need to ask specific questions so you know what is available, what is not and what you need to pack to bring with you.
Here are some examples of questions to ask when planning travel for your needs:
- Are doorways wide enough for the largest wheelchairs? Do the doors open outwards or into the room? What kind of doorknobs are used?
- Is there room under the bed to utilize a patient lift? How high is the bed? Is the bed adjustable?
- Are all the public areas of the hotel, resort, or ship accessible? Do you need to make special arrangements in the dining room to accommodate the wheelchair or scooter?
- How about food? Are there restaurants that can serve your dietary needs?
- Will the bathroom facilities truly fit your need? Is the bathroom large enough for the wheelchair or scooter? Is there a roll-in shower? Grab-bars?
- Are there facilities for companion/assistance animals?
- Are there shopping and entertainment facilities close by if you are staying at a hotel or resort?
- On shore excursions or tours, does the van have a lift and method for transporting wheelchairs and scooters?
Planning ahead and asking the questions important to you will make all the difference in your experience. You never want to arrive at your destination only to discover you cannot access the bathroom. Or there is not a refrigerator in the room to store your medication. The questions need to be asked of everyone you will come in contact with on your journey. From airport transfers to hotel staff to excursions.
These are just a few examples and as a Certified Accessible Travel Advocate, I know what questions to ask and how to get accurate answers. I look forward to helping you with all of your accessible travel needs!
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