Assistance to Ability

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Holiday Travel

Travel for people with mobility issues need not be impossible, knowing your limitations and what's available to assist can make the difference between a great travel experience and a great disappointment.

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Flight:

Flying is considered a very safe and convenient way of travel although there are some things to be considered if you experience mobility or other issues.

Considerations:

  • Ticketing staff cannot be expected to know or understand your needs or requirements.

  • Be very clear as to what are your needs and understand your needs may not be serviceable in general seating accomodation.

  • You may need to consider a different seating 'Class' which may also incur higher cost.

  • On most flights there are a few seats available with more leg room or with wider seats. 

  • Traveling with medical equipment in your luggage? Contact your airline regarding your medical equipment.  It may not fall into the specified luggage weight limit.

  • The cheaper seats may not suit your situation as the carriers cater for the majority, not the individual.

  • Most airports have mobility support staff to assist the traveler with mobility issues the ability to be taken to their in airport destination by wheel chair or motorised carriage.  To take advantage of this service ask for it at time of booking and when you arrive to check-in at the air port. This service is available from arriving at airport terminal to being seated on the plane and vice-a-versa.

  • Be aware at some if not most airports the distance you need to go to board your flight can be a considerable distance, allow for this in your planning.

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Cruising:

Cruising has seen a huge spike in patronage and people with varying abilities are being catered for very well.  There are different levels of accomodation and the traveler is very likely to get the accomodation that best suits their needs.

  • Cruise ships offer an experience and comfort level only dreamt of in years past.

  • Individual Cruise lines cater to different abilities and age groups, so check to see if the cruise you are considering meets your needs and desire. 

  • Cruise ships are more like luxury floating motels with every amenity you could require, the larger ships are more like small towns with every amenity a small town would provide.

  • Disability accomodation on board is usually more than adequate with lifts nearby to access other levels of the ship, corridors are spacious as too are most restaurants on board.

  • Ships are very stable and moving around them is usually no problem. 

  • Be aware that to access ships tenders may involve accessing some steps although not in all ships and the ship operators and staff are very helpful and considerate to those who may require assistance.

  • When enquiring 'Ask the Question', do they cater for you needs, check out the itinerary and ask if in doubt. 

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Holiday Coach:

These are a great way to travel so you don't have to be concerned about doing the driving, well appointed coaches and experienced drivers and coach staff will take you on a journey full of joy and to places of unbelievable beauty.

  • Coaches used for holiday and long distance travel are generally very comfortable, although can be a little cramped for the larger figured person.

  • Coaches generally have access mechanisms which allow access for people with mobility issues. 

  • When enquiring, ask the questions and explain your needs.

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Rail Journeys:

Holiday Rail Travel is a comfortable way to see the country while getting to your destination refreshed.

  • Train carriages used for the holidaying passengers have adequate seating space for the average person.

  • For those with mobility issues, easy access to the train is available at most stations.

  • Stations around Australia are undergoing improvements with the addition of ramps and lift to access the train platforms.  Check your intended stations for suitable access.

  • If wanting to travel by train in other countries, when investigating options, ask if your particular needs can be met.

  • Remember Australia uses a prepaid travel card, no cash tickets available on the stations. 

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When you start changing your thinking to 'How to' the world becomes so much bigger 

and you see so many things you previously thought impossible.

You are only limited by your own beliefs

Before You Travel

There are a number of things the prospective traveler should consider and the importance of these cannot be understated.

Below is a list of some but not all consideration you might like to avail yourself of

Travelling Abroad

  • NEVER leave home without Travel Insurance.

  • Check your Travel Insurance does cover your intended activities.  Some Travel Insurances may not cover illness or accident on board a cruise ship for example, others may not cover injury while riding a motorcycle or similar while overseas.

  • Understand the actual physical size and terrain of the location you intend to visit and with this understanding assess if it is a suitable destination given your needs and abilities.

  • Be aware of the climate at your destination when you expect to arrive

  • Ensure you pack enough suitable clothing to dress for that climate, also pack to allow for unseasonal whether that might be experienced, Other travellers recommend taking clothing capable of being layered as needed.

  • Be aware of the language of the intended destination and make appropriate arrangements to ensure you can be understood.

  • Be aware and understand the culture and beliefs of your destination to ensure you do not act contra to those beliefs and their culture.

  • Understand the basic law structure of your destination and ensure you do not unwittingly break their laws or beliefs. The law and its punishments in Australia can be very different than those practiced in other countries or societies.

  • Ensure your destination has the facilities you require or they can be obtained.

  • Ensure all Passport, visa's and other required documentation/approvals are correct and up-to-date.

  • Many travellers recommend you have a photo copy of your Passport and other documents with you stored separately to the original

  • Ensure you take with you all required medications and get from your doctor a list of these, their uses and signed by the doctor, this may elevate anguish when attempting to enter other countries as they can see that they are doctor prescribed medication.

  • Know the tipping expectation of your intended destination, unlike Australia where tipping is not practiced or expected there are many locations where tipping is practiced and expected, standard tipping ranges from 15% - 20% in many countries.

  • Australians have a reputation of being very well behaved, polite and respectful when visiting other countries and cultures. Be mindful while you are traveling you are the face of Australia.

  • Driving (if you intend to) in other countries can be very different to that in Australia therefore you need to ensure you have the appropriate permits and understand the rules of the road in place at your destination local.

  • If the unexpected happens, Not all countries have emergency systems like experienced across Australia and access to the 000 call, Canada and America have a similar system with 911 call however you need to check the emergency process in place within your destinations local.

  • Style of dress (Dress Code), it cannot be stressed enough that the way you dress might be unimportant here in Australia however in some other countries there are very strong dress codes and not respecting them may see you in a lot to trouble. Know the Dress Code for your intended destination.

Travel Australia

People sometimes forget the actual size of Australia and fail to allow appropriate time to travel this great country. 

  • Have a realistic idea of the time needed to journey to your destination by what ever means you decide.

  • Ensure you include ample rest breaks and keep well hydrated.

  • If traveling in outback areas yourself be sure to take along emergency fuel, food and water (and toilet paper) should the unexpected happen.

  • If stranded in an isolated location, DO NOT leave the vehicle.

  • Ensure your mode of transport is up to the task and in good well maintained condition.

  • Ensure you have a backup plan should you experience transport failure or breakdown. 

  • Be aware that in the Australian outback amenities can be limited and on occasions you may arrive to refuel your vehicle and find the station has no fuel, unusual but it does happen.

  • When visiting towns be aware of the culture and expectation for visitors to follow, be respectful.

  • When visiting scenic locations obey warning signage, enjoy and take in the surrounds, take photos and leave nothing but foot steps or wheel chair tracks.

  • When sight seeing remember those around you, treat our wild life with respect and awe at its diversity. Do not intentionally harm any native flora or fauna. 

 
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