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Travel becoming easier for Brits with accessibility issues

Wheelchair1More than half of British travellers with accessibility issues believe travel companies have become more understanding of their needs.

Research by Helping Hands – a home care provider – revealed that 58% of Brits with limited accessibility believes that travelling has become easier for them.

Previously, travelling with limited mobility has been seen as a daunting experience, however, 38% of respondents revealed they go on holiday a lot more now that places have become more accessible.

Just under a half (49%) said they go on holiday to improve their health and wellbeing, whilst 33% indicated that they felt travelling would give them a better standard of living.

The survey sought the opinions of one thousand UK adults with accessibility issues, and found that those aged between 18 and 24 are travelling to gain more independence, whilst those aged 55 and over are travelling to have more life experiences.

Just 23% of respondents found issues with accessibility at tourist attractions abroad, as opposed to 29% who revealed that they had problems within the UK.

Richard Thompson, accessible worldwide travel organiser at Travel Counsellors, said: “The industry is much more geared up to service the requirements of those with mobility, sensory and cognitive requirements.”

However, Mr Thompson also revealed that there is still work that needs to be done to ensure those with accessibility issues can travel freely and without any concerns.

Those with concerns about travelling often find it difficult to plan a vacation, so the research also looked at four destinations that have proven to be great for those with limited accessibility.

For example, Rotterdam, Netherlands, is home to great landmarks and yet also has extremely thorough accessibility legislation.

The other destinations included in the research are Brittany in France; Paphos in Cyprus; and Jūrmala in Latvia.

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this year, be sure to organise your specialist travel insurance in advance 

Date Created: 20 July 2017

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