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people with special needs around the world can be a challenge, however,
there are a number of tips and resources available to ensure an easier
If you have special needs or health challenges and wish to head out of town on business or leisure, Jovago.com, Africa’s No. 1 online hotel booking portal has tips to help lessen the anxiety that comes with the process.
Be informed and plan ahead of time
every obstacle can be avoided with the right amount of planning. If you
do as much as you can to plan ahead, you will have a much smoother journey ahead.
Do not leave anything to chance. Search for the best possible options
for lodging, verify the specifics, especially if you’re traveling in a
wheelchair, and book ahead of time. Also, check out the local health and
medical associations in case an emergency arises.
Arrive the airport in time
If you have to, be the first to arrive at the airport.
It is better to be found waiting when your flight is called than miss
your plane. Arriving early will give you ample time to check in, pass
through security and get on the plane. Arrive at least three hours
before a domestic flight and four hours before an international flight
especially if your trip is at peak time.
Use a travel agent
travel plans with a travel agent usually speeds up the booking process
and transfers the burden of logistics to them. By doing this, it gives
them the opportunity to use their experience in arranging accessible
transportation, travel insurance and other procedures to your benefit,
especially as they offer a ton of good discounts and a wide range of
services to you.
Choose the right season for your trip
is important when embarking on a trip which is why keeping tabs on
weather conditions and how it could affect you itinerary can save you a
world of hassle. Also, you may want to avoid peak seasons such as public
holidays, Christmas and New Year, as the airports are usually very
crowded at this time and everything is twice as difficult.
Avoid connecting flights
Direct flights are best for any disabled traveler
as it saves him or her the hassle of getting on and off the plane.
Maneuvering through airport gates, exits and corners at one airport is
already difficult; multiply that by three terminals and that can be a
nightmare. If you however insist on connecting flight, ensure you allow
plenty time between the flights, to enable you make all necessary
Pick a hotel in the most accessible parts of town
hotel which is remotely located can take the fun out of your trip. So
while conducting your research, try to pay a little attention to how
close to the city center the residence is and measure the level of
safety of the neighborhood in which it is located. You should also know
if there are accessible restaurants nearby and what fun spots are within
Investigate public transportation options
on accessible transportation are important, unless you plan on staying
indoors throughout your trip. When choosing your hotel, consider its
proximity to bus stops and junctions as well as the types of
transportation on offer. Do they offer free transit service to people
with disability? Do they have links to reliable car hire services? What
is the cost of these transport options? These are key questions you need
answers to before embarking on that journey.-
Ensure you have a doctor’s note and phone number
is important you have an official statement from a doctor, offering
details on your condition, prescriptions, special needs, probable
complications, and other relevant information. Ensure that you have a
number where your doctor (or another medical professional) can be
reached in an emergency situation at any hour of the day. Remember to
place this information in a place where it can be easily reached in dire
cases where you cannot help them with it.