The world is your oyster!
Or, if you don’t eat oysters, perhaps a Sweet Pickle Tour through New England offered by Search Beyond Adventures would be tastier.
Adults with developmental disabilities and their caregivers have a menu of options through travel agents and tour companies who serve the needs of this specialized niche market.
Travel is fun and interesting, however, planning and preparing for a trip is often hectic and stressful. A good tour company can relieve the stresses and ease the way into an unforgettable experience.
Whether you and your caregiver choose to be by the ocean, in the mountains, have a therapeutic adventure, or travel abroad, the options are unlimited.
Tips to help prepare for a memorable vacation:
Choose a reputable travel agency or tour company that is distinctively geared towards an experience tailored to your needs. Many have discounts for a traveling companion or caregiver.
Call ahead to airlines, hotels and all providers along the itinerary of your trip to insure that any specific accommodations will be handled.
Be specific about your accommodations. If you need a roll in shower or other significant needs, be sure they are all spelled out ahead of time.
Put medications in your carry on bag, not your checked bags, in the event a bag is lost you will have them with you at all times. It’s also a good idea to pack extra medication if your trip is delayed for any reason.
Purchase a good travel insurance policy, preferably one with a pre-existing condition exclusion as well as a “cancel for any reason” clause if there is an unforeseen reason you can’t make the trip and have prepaid certain funds.
Benefits of travel for adults with developmental disabilities and their caregivers
A break from the normal daily routine
Getting outdoors and being physically active
Rest and relaxation
Experience different cultures
Create new memories
The psychological and physical benefits of travel are undeniable and allow all individuals to become immersed in new experiences and re-live the memories for years to come.
Traveling gives you a break from the ordinary stresses of life, renews the spirit and rejuvenates the mind.
So, either rest and relaxation, or serious adventure, will bring years of enhancement to your health and well being.
Grab your gear, make a reservation, and get going!
Below is a list of travel and tour companies that specialize in accommodations to explore.
(Opengate, Inc. has no affiliation with these companies and is not responsible for their quality and services).
Access Tours specializes in tours that are fully accessible. They are designed with wheelchair users, scooter users, and slow walkers in mind. Group sizes are small, usually limited to 10 people or fewer, the pace is relaxed, and the company friendly.
Disabled Travelers is dedicated to accessible travel information and provides information on businesses from around the world that specialize in disability travel.
The Guided Tour is a very special program that offers opportunities for personal growth, recreation and socialization through travel. Since 1972, thousands of men and women with developmental and physical challenges from all over the world have achieved greater independence through the travel experiences provided by The Guided Tour, Inc.
Hammer Travel offers a variety of travel opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
Lucky Mindy Adventures provides fully staffed (based on client need), wheelchair-accessible (if needed) tours for individuals with disabilities.
Off the Beaten Path, Inc. is a Minnesota-based corporation which has been providing economic vacations for developmentally disabled ambulant individuals since 1985.
Founded in 1979, Search Beyond Adventures provides all-inclusive escorted vacations for travelers with disabilities and special needs, ages 17 and up.
Venture Travels offers unique opportunities for people with disabilities to enjoy resident camp, respite care, and supervised travel.
Since 1978, Wilderness Inquiry has conducted integrated wilderness trips involving people with disabilities as well as people who do not have disabilities – as equals and peers.