People with disability take holidays just like everyone else, but they often face extra obstacles along the way. We look at the challenges and the how-to of accessible travel, including booking and boarding flights, airport security, accommodation, the rights of travellers with disability, and more.
Buses, trains, trams, taxis and ferries in Australia still aren't accessible to everyone.
Traveling with a disability can be challenging and stressful. You're constantly wondering whether an accessible taxi will show up at the hotel on time or whether the restaurant's bathroom is located down a flight of stairs.
If you can't or don't want to bring your own equipment, consider renting from a provider. Travel agents and individuals can contact them to get medical equipment such as oxygen, wheelchairs and scooters delivered to you for travel. Also, if you have some difficulties with mobility but do not typically use a wheelchair, consider renting a chair or scooter for your upcoming travelling adventure.
A holiday can become a walking-intensive vacation, long days of sightseeing, and you may find you can do more with the aid of a chair. If you choose to bring your own equipment, make sure it's serviced and in good working order before you depart. It can be difficult to fix problems or replace parts mid-holiday.