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    Travel Woes

    Hello Everyone,

    Still writing my book…which took an amazing turn and I’d love more of you personal experiences on travel, if you don’t mind.

    1.What sort of things about travel, mostly air travel, are the biggest inconvenience for you?
    2. How do you deal with fatigue on long flights?
    3. Best/Worst flying experiences?
    4. What makes flying more enjoyable?
    5. What could airports do to help make things easier?

    Any and all info/details would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all again!

    ORyan
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    #159921
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    I cannot help regarding flying as my MD now stops me flying. Lots of tales about non flying travel if you want them.
    Mike

    So many love songs, so little love.

    embayweather embayweather
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    #159925
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    Yes, please! I’d love to know your experiences, Mike.

    ORyan
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    Recently tried to book a hotel whilst we were travelling to attend a funeral. I explained I was disabled and could not walk far. I was told the only room close to reception was a junior suite £180 a night. Other rooms were further away. i cold use my scooter! Nope the rooms were too small for scooters so I was told I could not have a room because of my disability , unless of course I paid a lot more to use the suite. Tried Travelodge. No problem at all, of course we can find a room near to reception for you. All I needed and more and at a third of the price.
    Why dont I travel more on public transport? I can get free travel on the buses. But my scooter cannot travel with me, no point in travelling then. Trains are the same. I can travel by train at reduced fares but no scooters allowed, and if you are to slow in getting on then you will be left behind. Thats why I use a WAV
    Travelling to Liverpool One to go shopping. I can only get in about one in five stores as the aisles are blocked or the entrance is up steps. Even worse in York where it is VERY hard to get around on cobbled streets and narrow pavements. To be fair it is old so we have to accept that. They do recommend the park and ride system in York, but wait, no scooters allowed on the bus. Very welcoming for those of use on wheels.
    A few snippets for you.

    Mike

    So many love songs, so little love.

    embayweather embayweather
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    Sounds ridiculous to have to jump through so many hoops. Thank you so much for sharing!

    ORyan
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    I suppose I don’t need to mention the perennial trying to park in a disabled bay when so many people who “have a big car”, are “only there for a few minutes”, “I am disabled but my blue badge is in my other car”, “I am just getting something for my Nan”, “I am running late so I did not have time to find a space”, “there were no ordinary space available”, “I didn’t know it was disabled parking”, “I am the police I can park anywhere”, “I have a white van I can park anywhere”, “I am a gypsy do you want to argue about it”, “you don’t look disabled to me mate” and a million and one other excuses, supported and perpetuated by the large stores who refuse to act. These are major inhibitors for me to travel anywhere knowing that it really is a toss of the coin whether the store or hotel can provide me with parking.
    Mike

    PS Just discovered that mobility scooters are now banned form our local health centre. That bodes well for health care

    So many love songs, so little love.

    embayweather embayweather
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    1.What sort of things about travel, mostly air travel, are the biggest inconvenience for you?

    Travel by Air if you are a wheelchair user is pretty stressful or can be. I travel using my manual attendant pushed wheelchair as my moderate sized power-chair does not meet size specifications for storing in plane hold or door size. So travelling without my power-chair with specialist seating is a pain.

    You cannot take your own chair on board you must be transferred from your manual chair to the aisle chair by not always very careful people. this involves someone lifting you by knees and another behind you in a cross armed grip under your arms and lifting but chest/upper body under arms.

    on aisle chair your tipped back for most of the transfer trip till you reach your chair.

    Meanwhile people are boarding all around you. pushing shoving and annoyed that this disabled person is in the way. holding everyone up even tho us disabled people must present ourselves about 1-2hrs earlier to qualify for the boarding help.

    Getting off in my experience normally bit easier as they make disabled people wait till last. it can be long uncomfortable wait on the hot tar mac or the Scottish winter cold buy normally bit more dignified being lifted off in an empty plane. unless they start boarding the next flight which can happen.

    2. How do you deal with fatigue on long flights?

    I use my Bipap Ventilator to be more comfortable but not really a way to deal with fatigue other than distract with reading etc. Part of the fatigue comes from not being able to eat and drink on board as no access to a toilet. the Aisle chair is not available during flight and no disabled access toilets.

    3. Best/Worst flying experiences?

    Have limited experience of only 3 flights so cant really add opinion.

    4. What makes flying more enjoyable?

    5. What could airports do to help make things easier?

    Have disabled toilets at the disabled persons boarding gates for each flight. having experienced a delay on the disabled check in assistance collecting us from disabled check in even tho I was 3 hrs early from another connection. Was made late for plane and not permitted to use the toilet before a 4 hour flight home.

    A clear action plan for disabled travels with medical equipment. If a delay should occur which could be many many hours facilities for charging medical equipment should be made available. they should have and publish a duty of care to make sure disabled. elderly and children have access to food/drink and toilets. or alternative travel.

    """""""What doesn't kill you makes you stronger""""""

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    I just wanted to thank you all very much for your responses. I have finished my novel and it’s currently in the editing phase!
    I’m hoping for it to be complete within the next month or two and plan to send it out to agents by the beginning of summer. I greatly appreciate you sharing your experiences with me to give my novel a realistic insight into the woes of disabled travel. Cheers!

    ORyan
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    Heres hoping for a brilliant success on its sales.

    Mike

    So many love songs, so little love.

    embayweather embayweather
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