Posted On: 02/28/2017
Spring break is coming up fast and for many people this is the first vacation for the new year! Whether your travel destination is the beach or checking out a new city, accessibility can be a challenge. We’ve put together a few things to research as you are planning your spring break getaway.
- Flying. Many people fly to their destinations, flying leaves time for more exploring upon arrival. Flying may also lead to headaches. Contact the airline to ensure they are equipped to work with individuals who utilize mobility devices, especially power chairs. Travel with the phone number to a wheelchair repair company. In case the mobility device arrives damaged or out of alignment, their service technicians may be able to walk someone through a simple repair.
- Ground transportation. Many rental car companies can install hand controls into vehicles for increased driver accessibility, however, make sure to call ahead of time to make sure they have a set available. If you are staying with in the United States of America, many taxi companies have vehicles with ramps and lifts in them. Of course there are always wheelchair accessible vehicle rentals. To find an accessible vehicle rental in the United States near your vacation destination head over to our wheelchair van rentals page.
- Beaches! Since we at the BLVD are located here in the frozen north, we know all too well the enjoyment of an escape to a nice warm beach for spring break. That being said, the beaches are not always wheelchair friendly. There is no reason to fret though, world-wide there are handicap accessible beaches and beach wheelchairs available. A quick search online pulled up accessible beaches in California, Honolulu, Virginia, and Florida. Many of these beaches have paved paths and beach wheelchairs that are available for rental.
If you are looking for vacation ideas or accessible locations, check out Curbfree with Cory Lee, a travel blog by Cory Lee. He is dedicated to sharing the world from a wheelchair user’s perspective. Cory has many additional tips, locations, and stories about his worldwide travels. There are many handicap accessible places that are mobility friendly throughout the world. Hopefully some of these ideas will help you plan a fantastic spring break getaway, bon voyage!