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Traveling for the Holidays? Here are Some Tips

If you are planning a trip for the holidays – or anytime – a few pointers, offered by Everyday Sight for people who are visually impaired, can be helpful. Packing light is always a good option, especially for plane travel, to avoid the baggage area and “begin your trip on a relaxed note.” You can also add a brightly colored sticker, fluorescent tape, or a colored ribbon to your luggage. While in flight, or at a hotel, be sure to ask for what you will need. For example, if you notify the airline that you have a visual disability, they can have someone available to provide support, if you need it, when boarding. When arranging for lodging, ask about tactile signs, Braille menus, or any other accommodations. When getting around at your destination, an app like BlindSquare, available from the App Store for $39.99, can be used to navigate or, for free apps, check out Google Maps and Yelp. For details on these and other suggestions, read 11 Travel Tips for the Blind and Visually Impaired.