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WAGSofSCIWAGSofSCI Moderator Posts: 384 Moderator
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What are some of the best travelling tips YOU could give to someone who is starting off their new life travelling?

Do you have any great or even bad travel stories? 

We are still brand new to travelling, and have only gone on one out of province trip since my partners accident, and it wasn't very far. We went across country to PEI when we were only a year into our injury and the biggest adjustment was seeing a small isl chair coming down the ramp, renting a care, and staying in hotels that claimed to be fully accessible.

Also, my partner got sea food poisoning while we were away, which made for an interesting nights sleep or lack there of. I guess we forgot that if one must get sea sick, it sort of had to be in a bucket on his lap. This IS all a huge learning experience for us still and we are 4 years into this life. 

Would love to hear some of your best and worst travel stories. Somehow it makes our lives feel less isolating to know that other's have experienced similarities or have some really great advice for our future ventures. 

Thanks so much for reading and look forward to reading your responses. 

Elena 
WAGS of SCI


Your WAGS of SCI
(Elena and Brooke)

Comments

  • prc_Bethprc_Beth Moderator, Information Specialist Posts: 42 Information Specialist
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    I'm sure everyone is looking forward to the time when they can travel again. 
  • SterlionSterlion Moderator Posts: 100 Moderator
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    The best thing to do when traveling is communicating to every business involved in your trip what you will need in advance. Airline, car rental company/accessible transportation to the hotel.
    Things to consider:
    - Airline: Boarding order (Some board wheelchair users first and take them off last on arrival)
                  Can your chair fit or will you need isle chair
                   How to tag your chair so you can leave it at the gate instead of checking it
                   Will there be assistance to carry luggage

    - Car rental: Ask to reserve a specific model vehicle to fit wheelchair and luggage 
    - Hotel: Not all "accessible" rooms have WHEELCHAIR accessible bathrooms. Make sure you communicate what you need.
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