For many people, a holiday is the highlight of the year.
Organising flights can be particularly stressful, but you don’t have to fly overseas in order to enjoy a well-earned rest.
We’ve put together a list of accessible holiday ideas to help you book the perfect, stress-free break. Just don't forget the sun cream!
Consider a caravan
Caravans can be easily adapted, and many caravan parks are suitable for wheelchair and scooter users.
Depending on your level of mobility, caravans can provide everything from wheelchair accessible showers or wet rooms, to grab rails and lower kitchen units and appliances. Disabledholidays.com has an extensive list of accessible caravan parks in the UK and in Europe.
Haven Holidays have a great breakdown of the different options available to disabled guests on their website. Similarly, Park Dean Holidays offer wheelchair friendly caravans that have been designed with access ramps, wide sliding internal doors, and spacious bathrooms with hand rails.
These caravans are available at a selection of their sites, including their Torquay holiday park. Torquay is renowned for its beautiful scenery, but it's also a great destination for wheelchair and scooter users.
You can find a list of beaches in the Torquay area with wheelchair access on 'The English Riviera' tourist site.
Some coach companies accept small mobility scooters or power chairs on their coaches. A folding mobility scooter like our best-selling Discovery will allow you to enjoy all the benefits of your scooter once you reach your destination, without having to worry about getting it from A to B.
If you plan on taking your wheelchair or scooter with you on a coach trip, it’s advisable to contact your travel company to explain your needs before you book your place. Most coaches can only accommodate a certain number of mobility aids, and may also have weight restrictions in place, so it’s best to check ahead of time.
Other coach companies offer trips specifically tailored for those with access needs. Limitless Travel offer this amazing tour of Blackpool and the Lake District by coach. Their vehicles are all fitted with either a ramp or a hydraulic lift, so you can enjoy the stunning scenery without a care in the world.
Cruises are well-regarded among those with limited mobility, because everything you need is in one place.
P&O Cruises offer adapted cabins with wide doorways and accessible balconies; assistance at ports; and mobility equipment hire. Take in the beautiful Mediterranean coastline, or venture further afield and enjoy some sun in the Middle East.
You can view a full list of accessible cruises here. However, accessible cabins are limited, so it’s advisable to book well in advance.
Many cruise companies also offer accessible shore excursions, so you won’t miss out. Just make sure you remember to take into consideration how you will get to your chosen cruise port!
Specialist travel companies
If you need a helping hand with organising or booking an accessible holiday, there are a multitude of specialist travel companies with the expert knowledge to help you find your dream holiday. Type ‘accessible holidays’ into Google or pop into your local travel agents and ask about booking an accessible holiday.
Can’t decide where to go?
If you’re struggling to decide where to go on holiday, it’s worth having a look online to find out about accessible places. For instance, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park have published a list of easy access beaches and wheelchair accessible paths.
If you fancy venturing beyond the UK, take a look at Disability Holidays Guide. Using their website, you can search for accessible accommodation and transport everywhere from the Canary Islands to Costa Rica.
Read more: How to choose the perfect scooter