Travel Made Easy: Traveling partners

When you acknowledge that you have some “issues” in mobility, hearing, medical or just getting older, I strongly suggest you travel with another person. In my case, I am fortunate to a have a great husband who is most often my traveling partner. But I have traveled with a sibling, colleague or friend, someone who is aware of my limitations and is there to provide a helping hand (literally). Never assuming that my travel partner is willing and able to assist me when needed, I will directly ask the assistance question before we finalize any travel plans.

If you decide to travel with a group you cannot assume that someone in the group — the guide or another employee — will be able to assist you. It might be a hand up into the bus once in a while, maybe, but not on any regular basis. The other people in the group will not be at your disposal if you need assistance.

Luggage can also be an issue when you travel. A long time ago a veteran traveler told me that you only take as much luggage as you can handle by yourself. But what if you can’t handle your luggage? You must ask your travel partner, in advance, if that is something they would be willing to do.

Finding a person to be your traveling partner may be the biggest challenge but finding the right traveling partner can be lead to a great experience.

Travel Tips: Do a truthful assessment of your own needs while traveling and be truthful when recruiting a travel partner. Have a frank discussion with the proposed travel partner to make sure they understand when they may need to provide assistance.

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About Kate DeLosso

Kate DeLosso is a travel professional with over 20 years of experience traveling the world on land and by ship, visiting over 30 countries with an emphasis on travel in Asia. Kate DeLosso Travel is a home based travel agency that helps individual travelers and groups explore the US, Europe and Asia. A number of years ago, Kate had stroke and had to re-learn how to walk, type and drive a car. With a mobility handicap, she became aware that travel was “different” for people with physical challenges. One of her missions has become to share the knowledge accumulated after 20 years of traveling the world as a mobility challenged person. Kate DeLosso is a Certified Travel Counselor, Special Interest Travel Specialist and an Accredited Cruise Counselor and founder of Kate DeLosso Travel. She has lived and worked in Chadds Ford since 1999.

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