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Taking a trip around the world is an experience that could beneficially change your life, which is an occurrence that should be enjoyed by people in all walks of life. Handicapped people and their caregivers often try hard to operate in a world full of obstacles by way of recognition or foundation. However, there are ways and means to overcome these hurdles.

Occasionally, there are several effective factors to deal with before contemplating embarking on a trip. Herewith are some favourable tips and know-how to keep in mind and positively enjoy your experience in the best and possible way.

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Planning ahead is the kickoff at the start of a long procedure of preparing for a trip. Therefore, ensure to have extra time getting ready.

Carrying a medical prescription from your doctor on an official letterhead explaining your medical condition and medications required, inclusive of the information on any possible health complications or otherwise. Ensure to have your doctor’s or another medical representative’s phone number 24/7 to combat any emergency situation.

Carry your medical alert information with you at all times. It should be in a place where a person who responds to your alert can find it quickly. This information could be kept in a wallet card, around your neck or close to your passport or any other identification. In the event of travelling to a non-English speaking country, it is advisable to have these documents translated in the language of the country’s origin.

Prior to embarking on a trip, it is advisable to practice mingling with crowds, for approximately 15 minutes per day. This helps those with noise sensitivity to get used to unfamiliar sounds. It also assists to adapt to a new, unusual place more easily.


How to Reach the Destination

Although planning is the first step, it is also apparently the most vital mode of action. Prior to really embarking in your dream holiday, schedule your itineraries such as hotel bookings, tour plans and most importantly transportation. Although making plans one month ahead might seem complicated, especially if the tour plan include Big Ben, those with special needs will be very satisfied and grateful for planning a guided tour.

Most train companies require to be informed 24 hours before to honour the extra assistance needed. However, if you are in a quandary, it is known to be done as soon as 5 minutes before departure. There are plenty of travel agents and resources that can apprehend your situation and focus on giving the best travelling services imaginable.

Figure out public transport option you may require. Find out whether the city has a rail system. Ensure the mode of transport has space for wheelchair users, the type of accessible options at certain attractions. Don’t be discouraged if you have issues walking as you can still get to the top of any star monuments.


Travel Products

Analyse your mobility level and carry a mobility aid to suit according to necessity. The Scout Quattro mobility scooter, Rollator four wheeled seat walker, and Travel Lite electric folding power chair are some of the products that are airline friendly and available at Independent Living Specialists’ stores Australia wide.

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