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Thank goodness it’s the end of the holiday season. No more ‘have you been away,’ or ‘what you need is a good holiday, why don’t you…’

It’s not that I don’t want to! It’s just so damn difficult. Look at the paucity and trauma of the pieces I have written on this in TEN years! Consider also that we have only tried English speaking countries with a benevolent disability attitude so far! Imagine sorting out my travel problems anywhere else. My failure to manage wheelchair travel successfully really annoys me!

At home, with time, we solved most of our access issues. The moment we step outside of our home, my comfortable environment is gone and we need to replicate it as best we are able because my sadly limited body is extremely hostile to change.

We want to just get up and go, truly we do, but man, it is such hard work. Consider factoring this lot into your travel plans for EVERY trip:

  • Having to book as late as possible because you never know when your next relapse will occur – so, no forward planning beyond a few weeks.
  • Paying at least double for insurance for you and EaZyD because normal insurance will not cover his cancellation for your pre-existing problems.
  • Having to personally source, book and confirm all transport, hotels, equipment and some entertainment before your trip. Expect 90% failure: 10% success for every arrangement and at least 35% additional trip costs above your total base cost.
  • Coping with so much blanket rejection, ‘Do you have…’ ‘No.’ ‘Would you…’ ‘No.’ ‘Is there…’ ‘No.’ It all gets very old very quickly.
  • Having to pre-book cabs, for every trip you want to make whilst on holiday, from the UK before you even get there and paying at least double the price of any other cab. Spontaneity - out the window!
  • Negotiating the airport ‘experience’ pushing a baggage trolley and a wheelchair – one hand on each - through crowds of people and aisles.
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