Planning Your Travels
Being at your holiday destination is the only reason anyone travels because let's face it travelling is exhausting and kind of makes you feel gross. Or is just me that feels that way about travelling?
Personally I’d prefer just to teleport wherever I want. I mean, who wouldn’t? But I get travel sickness easily and I’m usually very lethargic because of the travel sickness tablets I need to take. I also get very nervous about airports and boarding the plane. My friend, on the other hand, loves flying, barely gets travel sickness and she thinks turbulence is thrilling. Am I the strange one or is she?
Anyway, when you begin planning for your holiday getting your travel plans organised can be one of the most important things. With the right preparation and research, you can feel more at ease through the whole process. So the list of things you need to do is:
- Plan your trip
- Research your holiday destination
- Figure out what you are going to be doing on your holiday — relaxing by the pool or exploring? Both perhaps?
- Book your ticket
- Book your hotel
- Save some spending money and put it aside
- Let work know in advance
- Prepare yourself — mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically
- Discuss your plans with friends and family or whoever is going with you
- Make sure your pets will be looked after
- Prepare for worst-case scenarios
If You Have a Disability
Travelling shouldn’t stop anyone from exploring the world, so if you have a disability don’t let anything stop you from going where you want to go. A little extra planning and preparation may be in order but that never hurt anyone.
So, here are some things you can do to prepare for your travels:
- Research what accessibility is offered for whichever transport you will be taking to your destination — Plane, ferry, bus, or train.
- When booking your ticket let the staff know your needs.
- Call the hotel you’ll be staying at or google accessible hotels and book it in advance.
- If you are travelling by plane find out if they use an aerobridge when you have to board the plane, whether they have an accessible aisle seat available and if you have an assistance dog ask for information regarding that.
- Make sure you know how you will be getting to and from your destination. Is there taxis or other forms of transport you can take? Research, research, research.
- Find out as much information about the town or city’s accessibility you will be at.
- And if you have a hidden disability you can actually request for a hidden disabilities information pack. Most airports should have them, so if you give it a google or call the airport you should be able to find out more information on it.
There is also a really useful app I found that you can download. It may come in handy on your travels. It’s called Wheelmap, it’s free and available on both IOS and Android. It is used to help you find accessible public areas and facilities. You can even mark places yourself and upload images, or add your own information about areas on the map. This will help make it easier to find out which places are accessible.
I usually like to pack a week or two before I leave on a trip. I write down a list of things and tick it off to make sure I don’t forget anything. So let’s go through a list together and make sure you’re prepared for your holiday.
- Is it going to be hot, cold, or unpredictable? Know what kind of weather you’re packing for.
- Underwear — and extras just in case
- Shoes — will you be taking runners? Dressy shoes? Thongs? Comfy shoes?
Which electronics will you be taking with you?
- And most importantly: chargers — phone, laptop, camera, iPad, and whatever else needs a charger.
- First aid kit
- Panadol or some other pain relief tablets
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Body wash
- Sunscreen and zinc
- Lip balm — this is a must for me
- Pads, tampons, diva cup
- Moisturiser and Lotion — in case you get sunburnt or really dry skin
- Wet wipes
- Hand sanitiser
- Travel towel
- Some other entertainment for your travels