Disabled? We are here to try and show that living in a wheelchair doesn't mean you should sit idly at home waiting for the next day to come. We believe that's when attitude becomes the real disability. Life is what you make of it. Live life to the full while you can. Our solution for getting out of the house has been to try a little adventure travel.
 
 
    
    
 
       
      
        
 
 
 
  
 
  
    
 

should I go in the first place?

Note: We must say that we are only trying to be a guide. Please do not take what is written here as the final word. Consult a health professional for more comprehensive information in relation to your personal needs.
 
Making the decison to go on your first big holiday as a disabled person can be a daunting thing. If your disability is new to you, then this can be even more stressful.
 
Deciding on a place to go may be the first obstacle, or deciding on how to get there is you've already made up your mind may be just as hard.
 
To help, and by now means hinder, we have the following list of a few of the things that you may need decide on before you go.
  • Have you decided on a location?
  • If no, then what do you have in mind, possibly overseas?
  • How long would you like to be away?
  • Can you afford to go? As well as money for the ticket/passage/travel method, you need to be able to live in a desired fashion e.g. hotel, hostel - you need to be able to buy food, any other daily needs, and you need ideally, a contingency amount for emergencies. Don't be too tight wth this contingency amount, as you'll need it most when it's not there.
  • If you want to travel overseas, do you prefer 'first world' places, such as Italy, Greece, Britain, or more remote 'third world' places such as South America or Africa?
  • What kind of disability do you have? Wheelchair bound or more mobile? Have a hearing or vision impairment? Do have an oxygen dependency? Do you require kidney dialysis? Help with all of these may be available, but may also cause some restrictions.
  • What are your daily needs? Are you completely independent or rely on a carer for some duties?
  • If you can manage at home by yourself, can honestly do the same while away?
  • If you rely on a carer, what does the carer do?
  • If you rely on a carer, and go on holiday, can you bring you carer with you? Would you need to arrange for another carer? It may be possible to get reduced prices for the carer - check this out.
  • Do you require some sort of medical supplies on a day to day basis, e.g. medications, incontinence supplies?
  • If you do require medical supplies, how much do you use on a daily basis?
  • Can you obtain the medical supplies while away, or need to take them with you?
  • Any medical supplies taken away with you should be taken with an extra amount for emergencies - probably 20% extra.
  • Do you need additional drugs to take - a broad spectrum antibiotic, malaria pills etc - see a travel doctor or your own G.P.
  • Do you need the supply/hire of any equipment while away? Wheelchair, hoist, etc.
  • Can you obtain insurance to cover you properly?
  • Can you be medically evacuated in an emergency - i.e. airlifted?
  • If you intend to go to remote type areas, what are your possible places and methods of exit should you need them?
  • How do you do you wash your clothes while away?
  • Are toilets suitable?
  • Will you be able to shower/bathe?
  • Will you be able to sleep on a bed that will not cause you too many problems? This may well be impossible to tell until you see it.
  • With any extra items, apart from clothing, are you able to carry all the baggage? Don't forget a camera. Do a trial pack and see what it all looks like.
  • Whether you afre going on your own or with someone, pack up all your things, as in the trial pack, and take it all away for the weekend to see what problems may arise.
  • Get your passport, make your bookings and have a great time. Just remember to consider everything before you go.