Going on holiday for the first time can seem like a daunting process for those recovering from spinal injuries.
Going somewhere you have visited before
Before you became spinally injured, you may not have noticed if your favourite holiday destination even had wheelchair access. However, when you are living with a spinal injury, dipped curbs, smooth paths and accessible bathrooms become more important than whether a hotel is five-star or not.
When planning your first holiday after your spinal injury, consider going somewhere you have been before. It helps to have prior knowledge of the local culture and available amenities.
Researching accessibility online
After that, the research can begin. Googling phrases such as ‘wheelchair access’ or ‘wheelchair facilities’ is a good, quick way to get a sense of a location’s accessibility.
In general, the more results displayed about accessibility for a particular location, the more wheelchair access is available, or the more it has at least been considered.
Of course, if your search doesn’t produce any results, this should not automatically stop you from going. Rather, just a little more planning and investigating may be required to ensure all your needs are met.