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Travel Tips for Summer Trips

by Connor Courtien, RDPFS Intern:


As summer approaches, you might be considering options for a vacation, or you may already have one planned. Either way, here are some suggestions to keep in mind when traveling or planning your trip if you have a visual impairment. First, if you want a change of scenery, but have yet to settle on a locale, consider choosing a destination that engages senses other than sight. Some examples of such sensory experiences are the aroma of a Parisian bakery, or the feel of a Caribbean breeze, which can offer a nice contrast to your daily life. Among the key aspects to consider when planning your trip are your accessibility needs. If you’re traveling alone, it might be best to visit a metro area, as these are typically easier to navigate and offer more accessibility features. If you have a companion, however, consider venturing to more rural sites. Whatever destination you decide on, be sure to do some research on what resources there are for visitors with blindness and low vision, such as accessible tours and public transit maps in large-print or audio formats. These offerings can often be found on government and official tourism websites. Similarly, be sure to check their policies regarding visiting with animals if you have a canine assistant. Another handy tip for the preparation phase is to make a checklist of all of your assistive technology and make sure that everything is functional and any software you use is up to date. When it comes to travel and lodging, it’s a good idea to call ahead and ask for assistance in navigating any unfamiliar airport, train station, and hotel you’ll visit. Most places should be able to accommodate your needs, and this can minimize stress while traveling. For more travel tips, check out this article from All About Vision, Yes, You Can Travel If You’re Blind or Have Low Vision.