If you are wheelchair bound, or otherwise disabled, you may believe it nearly impossible to find accessible holiday accommodations. In reality, however, there are plenty of options around, it is just about knowing where to look. In fact, accessible accommodation of all types exists, from camping sites to posh hotel rooms, and from villas to self-catering apartments. Your search, therefore, should start with determining what you are looking for. Do also consider your budget, of course, as prices can vary greatly as well.
Tips for Finding Accessible Holiday Accommodations
To find the perfect place for your holiday, you need to know your personal likes and dislikes. For instance, if you want to visit the countryside of Cumbria, in the United Kingdom, you will have very different likes and dislikes to someone who wants to sit on a beach in Rio de Janeiro. Think about whether you’re looking for peace and tranquility, or rather for hustle and bustle. Think about such things as local climate and local culture as well. Those are all important considerations that will help you to identify the right type of accommodation.
Once you know what you are looking for in terms of where you want to go, it is time to start your search for accommodation in earnest. Start by knowing how big your travel party is and think about whether or not you intend to bring any pets. This is also where you need to know just what kind of accessibility options you need. These are all important considerations that will help you to filter your list of results.
What to Ask Your Rental Service
It is common for people, and particularly those who require accessible properties, to work together with a professional to help find the best property. These professionals have links with property owners and will point you to the ones most suitable to your particular needs. You can ask a professional booking agent to do as much or as little for you as you like – from simply being pointed towards suitable properties, to booking them and even arranging your travel insurance.
A few things to ask them include:
- How private the accommodation is.
- Whether the accommodation has air conditioning and/or heating.
- Whether there are amenities such as a fridge, telephone, and television.
- Whether there is parking available at the accommodation.
Ask as many question as you can so that there are no surprises.
Enjoying Your Holiday
Now that you know what to look for, you will also quickly see that there are lots of options out there. Just because you, or someone in your family, is in a wheelchair does not mean you can no longer enjoy a great vacation. One thing that you should look into, however, is how wheelchair-friendly the area in which you want to vacation is. Older towns and villages, for instance, are often built on steep banks and have very narrow pavements. While you may find suitable accommodation there, you are unlikely to be able to enjoy yourself as much.