Eight Tips for Traveling This Summer
Traveling can feel intimidating for anyone. However, with the right preparation, those who are blind or visually impaired can travel confidently.
- Contact accessible transportation services at your destination. Most major cities have at least one company that runs a shuttle to and from the airport.
- Call your airline ahead of time. Request that airport personnel meet you and assist you with boarding, connections, and getting around the airport.
- Pre-board and bring carry-on luggage, if possible. It makes things so much easier if you don’t have to deal with baggage claim carousels.
- Get oriented to your hotel. When you arrive, ask the staff at the registration desk for any assistance you may need to get around the facilities with ease.
- Always carry a cell phone if you have one. Have important numbers ready ahead of time.
- Carry written directions for where you are going. Also, have the exact address in case you get lost.
- Carry your cane. It helps to notify others that you have a visual impairment.
- Plan for guide dog restrictions. Call your local guide dog school for information on restrictions.