If Covid had not ruined everything, most of us would have been packing for the holidays. We would be losing our minds over visas and appropriate clothing and the whatnots. Cut to reality, and all we are doing is dreaming about the possibility of vacations in the coming months.
Last week, I wrote to you about a few of the preferred holiday destinations disabled-friendly in India. Today, we are going global with that thought.
Think of airports, and airport lounges, and of course, duty-free. Think of repetitive safety instructions and stretching yourself in the flight. While you are still thinking, let me take you on a textual visit to one of the best international holiday destinations that are disabled-friendly.
When I say Disable friendly, there would be instructions in Braille, tourist guides would be well versed with sign languages, and there will be ramps, elevators, and readily available wheelchairs.
So around the world in 3 minutes. Jet Set Go
While Munich has managed to get more fame because of the Oktoberfest, one cannot neglect Berlin. The city has been ‘Barrier-free’ for a very long time now. In 2013, Berlin received the European Commission’s Access City award for the public transport and accessible new buildings. These efforts spread further, though, to tourist sites, events and hotels.
Pattaya is a brilliant choice for disabled individuals seeking resort experiences. Most resorts are thoughtfully built with wheelchair users in mind. , a barrier-free movement design, low-level counters, controls, etc., and menus in Braille. Most of the city’s attractions are accessible and are becoming more disability-friendly all the time.
In addition to the increasingly accessible accommodations, the city offers disability-friendly features at many of its attractions Disability-friendly activities on the island include accessible SCUBA, the Tactile Museum, and the Sensorial-Botanic Garden. Did you know that two Guinness World Records have been set in Sicily, including one where a paraplegic dived to 59 meters and a first blind woman dived to 41 meters?
The modern island of Singapore is very disabled-friendly, but its people are also extremely considerate, helpful, and friendly, so much so that locals step up to help tourists. The city has MRT train stations with one barrier-free entrance for wheelchairs and elevator–service at all levels. Elevators at all stations have plates in Braille. Most of the buses are wheelchair-friendly, and the staff is trained to support disabled passengers.Mostly all tourist attractions are wheelchair friendly.
Sydney is a hot favorite amongst disabled tourists. Australia has worked hard to make itself utterly accessible to everyone. Tactile and Braille signs have been placed next to push buttons on pedestrian crossings in the city’s local area. Buses have ramps and priority seating, extra room inside for wheelchairs. All ferries and trains are accessible.
So once COVID ends and when travel is safe, where do you guys want to travel next?