Depending on how far your MS has progressed, it can be difficult to find a holiday that might cater to your specific requirements. Disabled toilets, suitable access, accommodation – where to start? Should you remain at home in Great Britain or should you take a chance and venture abroad? Below are some suggestions that might help you to decide.
The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain – www.accessibleguide.co.uk
This is now available to view for free via the Zinio online reader. It’s packed with over 200 inspiring ideas for fantastic worry-free days out with reviews, hints and tips on some of the UK’s best attractions written by and for disabled people. To make planning your days out easier, entries are grouped into 10 regional chapters with everything from Olympic venues to scenic drives and coastal towns. Every review contains all the access information you need to enjoy your day including disabled parking, wheelchair access and more.
Cruising for the disabled
Cruising is a fantastic way to spend a holiday, with beautiful destinations, constant entertainment and fantastic accommodation. However many people with disabilities don’t even consider the possibility of going on a cruise, believing them to be inaccessible.
In reality, many cruise ships are now fully accessible to people with a wide range of disabilities, and offer some of the most exciting, inspiring and best value-for-money holidays that you can find. Newer ships offer purpose built accessible cabins, whilst moving round the ship, entertainment venues and embarking & disembarking the ship are also fully accessible. Many older ships have also been adapted to accommodate disabled cruisers, meaning a disability is no longer a prohibitive factor to going on a cruise. Just request a stateroom for a disabled person. Recommended cruise lines are www.celebritycruises.co.uk and www.royalcaribbean.co.uk
The Jubilee Sailing Trust – www.jst.org.uk
The Jubilee Sailing Trust offers what is considered to be one of the best disabled sailing holidays in the world. People of almost all physical abilities set sail on board either the Lord Nelson or Tenacious. These are the only two tall ships in the world designed and built to enable people of all physical abilities to sail side-by-side as equals and get involved in every aspect of a life at sea from a stint at the helm to peeling potatoes.
Access Travel – www.access-travel.co.uk
Their aim is to take care of all your holiday arrangements and special requirements – from door to door. They are aware how difficult organising holidays can be when wheelchair access and special needs are critical, which is why they make the process of booking your holiday as simple and enjoyable as possible. In fact, your most difficult task will be to decide just which one to choose.
Accessible Travel – www.accessibletravel.co.uk
Their aim is to entirely take care of the arrangements and special requirements for your accessible and disabled holidays – from door to door. They are aware how difficult organising disabled holidays and selecting the most suitable disabled hotel can be if you have a hip problem, partial sight, trouble with walking and going up steps, or need the full use of a wheelchair – which is why they make the process of booking your disabled holidays as simple and enjoyable as possible.
Bond Holidays – Bond Accessible Holidays & Cabaret Showbars – www.bondhotel.co.uk
They specialise in ‘fully accessible holidays where your mobility, learning disability and mental health will never restrict you!’
Telephone: 01253 341218./email: email@example.com.
Travelling by train in the UK – www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations/disabled_passengers
This page is a summary of information available on the National Rail Enquiries website to help make your journey go as smoothly as possible. Clicking on underlined words will take you to a page containing more detailed information on each topic.
MS Society Travel Insurance – http://www.mssociety.org.uk/ms-support/practical-and-financial-help/insurance/ms-insurance-services/travel-insurance
Thinking of getting away from it all? MS Society travel insurance can help to give you peace of mind when you travel.
They guarantee giving you a quote and don’t need to refer to medical screening companies. There’s no need to buy separate policies – they can offer coverage for everyone travelling together under one policy. A percentage of your premium will also be donated to the MS Society at no additional cost to you.
Get an online quote (through their link) or call their UK-based team on 0800 783 3157 who will help you get the protection that you need. Their policy has all the cover you’d expect from standard policies, but also covers you for the particular requirements you may have as someone living with MS. They offer a single trip policy and for those who love to travel frequently they also offer an annual multi trip policy.