Disabilities don’t prevent you from travelling. You can still visit some of the best places the world has to offer. You’ve just got to plan ahead. You’ll want to find out what facilities and support is available before you choose where you’re going.
You also won’t want to break the bank finding the perfect experience. The average Briton has 121 holidays in their lifetime, spending an average of £1,393 each time – that’s quite some chunk. So not only do you need the right facilities, but you need them on a flexible budget.
To help, we’ve gathered six of the most amazing cities you should visit – without denting your finances. Check them out:
As a disabled traveller, you can experience the capital of the Netherlands just as any other tourist would. The city is great at catering for all with accessible travel opportunities. You can use specific caddies and wheelchair provision transport. For example, several cruise tour operators use wheelchair lifts and Star Bikes bicycle hire has a bike in its range designed accommodate disabled visitors. Most of the popular attractions in the city are also accessible
Back in 2013, Berlin won the EU City Access Award. The award recognises a city’s willingness, capability and efforts to ensure accessibility, and is a great indication of whether a city would be suitable for disabled travellers. Berlin’s investment in infrastructure was recognised, as well as their efforts to remove any barriers on the streets that made it harder to move around. Other winners have included Salzburg, Helsinki and Milan.
Milan won in 2016 – and for good reason. While retaining much of its appeal, including historic cobbled streets, the city is removing barriers for disabled and elderly population. According to Spinal Cord, they’re working hard to create an inclusive atmosphere for all – whether that’s a mobility disability or learning disability.
There are some areas where London is restricted. The age of some tube stations means they can’t offer lift services, for example. But elsewhere, much is being done to make older buildings accessible. Modern tourist locations offer full access routes (including The London Eye and London Aquarium) and cabs and buses now offer wheelchair access.
If you’re thinking of heading to Canada, try Vancouver. Hotels are notoriously accessible, and the city’s transport lines are excellent – TransLink, SkyTrain and SeaBus are just three names to look out for. You also don’t need to worry about navigating around the streets and buildings. A local on Trip Advisor explains where there are stairs, there’ll be also ramps. Where there are buildings, there’ll be elevators. There are also curb cuts on the pavements at all intersections.
Stockholm’s progress in recent years must be applauded. The city has rebuilt pedestrian crossings with access ramps and contrast markings, redesigned playgrounds to make them accessible to children and parents with disabilities, and developed navigational apps for people with impaired vision. It’s a great city for disabled travellers.
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