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‘Staycations’ have made a big boom this year. With hotels, caravan parks and cottage rentals booked up for months, and why not the UK has some incredible places to visit. Expedia saw a 75% increase in interest for UK summer holidays “in hotspots such as Devon, Cornwall, Hampshire, the Lake District and Bournemouth”.
Staycation: Staying put can sometimes be the best option.
Finding the right trip when you have a disability can present extra challenges, you quickly learn the art of becoming a master planner – Even down to the smallest of details like how much room you have in the bathroom and around the toilet or whether the area you’re staying is accessible for your needs.
I have Muscular Dystrophy, a rare, progressive neuromuscular disorder that causes the weakening of muscle cells, which makes it impossible to do most physical activity. As a result, I’ve had plenty of limitations traveling.
Other disabled people’s experiences are a great source of information that can help you with your own research and planning but can also give you a better idea of how much planning you need or not to do.
The one thing about being disabled is one size doesn’t fit all, what might be accessible for me might not be accessible you. Finding the perfect staycation can be a matter of enjoying your time away with friends and family or watching from everyone from the sidelines.
Even with all the planning in the world, things can still go south at any moment. We have no way of controlling those unforeseen problems no matter how much we try – like a hoist or a wheelchair breaking down. You probably be able to sort it much easier and get help in doing so. Staycations if done right can offer a low risk vacation with the promise of lots of fun and less anxiety!
Traveling should not be so difficult but unfortunately it can be whether it’s home or abroad for people with disabilities. Millions of people are missing out on the joy of experiencing a new destination for the first time. But the good thing is it can be better, both in the way the vacation industry treats us and the way we respond to challenges.
Traveling with a disability is not easy, but it should be enjoyed by everyone whether you’re disabled or not.
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