Travel Made Easy: Using travel resources

According to baseball legend Yogi Berra: “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there.”

You’ve started thinking about a trip to … (doesn’t matter where). Since you’ve never been there, you are unfamiliar with any challenges that might be an obstacle to a safe trip.

For instance, I know that when traveling within the United States, because of ADA regulations, I usually find what I need to make the trip as comfortable and accessible as possible. Sometimes this takes a little work and forethought. Recently while making a reservation at a hotel near Niagara Falls, I was told the hotel had no more accessible rooms available. But the hotel did have room layouts on their website and I was able to choose a room with a walk-in shower and no bathtub.

Know what challenges you and work to accommodate that challenge. Oh yes, the website for the Niagara Falls boat tours talks about the accessibility of the ship that goes under the falls from the Canadian side.

Traveling outside of the U.S., research shows a lot of tourism boards are acknowledging that there are more mobility challenged people traveling. Perhaps because of the ADA, travelers feel that they have a right to travel and to be accommodated. Many tourism boards have information about “accessible travel” that mostly talks about wheelchair-bound travelers. But mobility challenged travelers should take note because if a wheelchair can be accommodated, so can you.

Some of the accessible travel info from Tourism Boards includes:

Bermuda: www.gotobermuda.com/article/accessible-bermuda

Germany: http://www.germany.travel/en/ms/barrier-free-germany/start/barrier-free-germany.html

And, surprise, Japan has two interesting websites: Accessible Travel Japan www.accessible-japan.jp and Accessible Japan www.accessible-japan.com

If you have an interest in traveling to a particular country, try to Google the country’s name plus accessible travel and learn everything about what will work for you and what won’t. Evaluate the information because what is considered accessible in the US may not be considered the same way outside of the US.

As a traveler, mobility challenged or not, it is up to you to know everything you can about where you are going. This way when you arrive, you won’t have a Yogi Berra moment.

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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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