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.
 
 
    
    
 
       
      
        
 
 
 
  
 
  
    
 
general tips
 
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.
  • start planning early, more time will be required than you expect
  • check any websites to gain as much information regarding a planned trip - e.g. Lonely Planet
  • speak to anyone who has done something similar, if possible
  • check airlines and see what travel arrangements you may require to make before departure
  • check and arrange and any transfers between airports and hotels prior to leaving
  • check with your own doctor regarding your personal health
  • check to see if any injections or drugs are required for travelling - some are compulsory others not - speak to your doctor first
  • yellow fever innoculations may be required if you are going through endemic areas
  • check to see what facilities are available for people with your level of disability - special needs may require special arrangements
  • do not carry large amounts of money and credit cards - replacing either may be difficult if stolen or lost
  • carry your passport on you at all times
  • obtain an international driving licence if possible - you may not need this but it is additional identification
  • make two copies of all your documents - one set to take with you and one set to leave at home
  • make sure your whereabouts are always known by someone at home
  • advise a government body such as the Department of Foreign Affairs at smart traveller of your intended movements overseas
  • beware of what you eat when away - always carry drugs to help with nausea or diarrhoea
  • if possible, carry a broad spectrum anti-biotic to cope with ear, nose, throat, or bladder infections - speak to you doctor regarding this
  • if you are not a citizen of the country you live in, make sure that if you leave you are able to get back in before you go
  • check entry visa requirements and costs - these may change regularly
  • check the requirements and costs of a carnet de passage en douane (or simply 'carnet' - pronounced 'car-nay') with any relevant embassy if you are using a vehicle to cross border
  • you can get international mobile roaming on your mobile phone, this is more expensive than normal mobile phone costs but does give you voice or SMS access where available - check with your provider - satellite phones are more costly but will give you greater coverage
  • if there is an easy way or a hard way of doing something do it the easy way, even if it's a little more expensive.