As a disabled person, planning and embarking on a holiday can be a daunting task so finding the right travel company to competently take care of your needs is very important. A lack of information as to accessible facilities and services can be enough for a disabled person to decide not to travel at all. Disabled travellers wish to travel for the same reason as non-disabled travellers; rest, relaxation, discovering new places and a feeling of getting away from it all. The disabled travel market represents a significant number of customers and a decent travel company that meets the needs of disabled customers will be worth returning to year after year for peace of mind.
Can Be Done is a travel company with a solid reputation, specialising in holidays for disabled people since 1985. They have pioneered wheelchair accessible holidays to an ever increasing choice of destinations and now provide holidays to over thirty countries. They will arrange every detail of your trip for you and select only hotels that offer a level of accessibility which meets their own high standards. They will not book accommodation that cannot guarantee a wheelchair adapted room at the time of booking. Transfers to and from the airport are private and in a wheelchair adapted vehicle. They endeavour to visit most of the accommodation they use so they have first hand knowledge of the facilities available and will do their utmost to solve any query you may have. Go to their website www.canbedone.co.uk for more information on their tailor made holidays.
Tourism for All is a UK charity which provides specialist knowledge on accessible tourism for older people and those with disabilities. They have thirty years experience in the industry and receive over 160,000 enquiries each year. They also champion the cause of accessible tourism with policy makers in the UK and Europe. They will provide useful information on places to go both in the UK and abroad, together with guides to accessibility and facilities available within the UK for disabled travellers.
www.special-needs-kids.co.uk is a one stop shop of information and links to companies which provide holidays suitable for children with special needs and disabilities. They provide specialised advice and information. They have a free holiday guide about holidays for people with learning disabilities. It covers accommodation in the UK and abroad, special interest holidays, insurance and financial assistance. This guide can be posted out or accessed as a PDF from their website.
Accessible Travel is another company providing quality accessible travel and disabled holidays. Their staff will have full knowledge of all the destinations they offer as a member of staff will have visited the location before. If you need ground floor accommodation, handrails or other special facilities, they will ensure your accommodation has all that you need in place for peace of mind. Direct transfers to and from the airport or port of arrival are also catered for. If you have any special requests such as access to a swimming pool or use of a mobility scooter, they will ensure those provisions are in place. At most of their destinations they have a local representative available to deal with any other queries or requests you may have whilst away. The business was created by three wheelchair users wanting to create barrier-free holidays and with personal experience of the difficulties those with a disability can experience while on holiday.
www.disabledaccessholidays.com is another useful travel company based in Glasgow, providing accommodation and travel for people with a disability. They will try to find you a UK airport of your choice and appropriate airport transfers. They offer holidays to many destinations and will ensure you have access to all the facilities you need. The company was formed by a couple who have had their own poor experiences when travelling with their disabled son.
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