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How to Travel With a Disability and Save Money

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Going on holiday is costly enough but for anyone with a disability it can be even more expensive. This is because some people may need to organise special transport arrangements, accessible accommodation, extra mobility equipment and maybe even pay for additional carers to come with them.



It can be especially difficult if you are a person with a disability on a low income, making it seem that going on holiday is impossible. To show you how to make the most of what you have, here are some  tips on how to travel with a disability and save money.





MAKE USE OF THE BLUE BADGE SCHEME


The Blue Badge Scheme allows anyone with a disability to access free parking spaces, which makes it easier for them to park closer to the places they are planning to visit. The person with a disability is issued with the badge, rather than the car, giving them flexibility to use it in more than one vehicle. The Blue Badge Scheme also operates in Europe, so if you want to hire a car abroad you can still enjoy many of the same benefits.




MAKE A HOLIDAY AFFORDABLE


Going away doesn’t mean having to spend thousands of pounds visiting an exotic location. With even a few hundred pounds you can find a great getaway in the UK for a week or two. If you don’t have that sort of money available to hand, there are number of great loan deals available that might be able to help. You won’t have to pay it all back in one go, which means you can budget accordingly. Ensure they are FCA regulated and shop around to get the best possible interest rates before committing.




PLAN AHEAD


The time you choose to travel can have a big impact on the amount of you pay. Whether it’s travel tickets or accommodation costs, there are peak periods that are best to avoid if you want to save money. Peak season is June to August, followed by shoulder season, which runs from April to June and September to October. Off-season lasts from November to March. There are some great deals to be found away from peak season that can save you a lot of money – while still enjoying a great time away from home.


PAY FOR YOUR ACCOMMODATION EARLY


Although they won’t often advertise it, if you pre-pay for your hotel room you can enjoy some generous discounts. What you have to bear in mind here is they are usually non-refundable, so if you are delayed getting to your destination and arrive a little late, you won’t be reimbursed. But this is worth considering as your accommodation costs will make up a large portion of your expenditure when booking any type of holiday.




MAKE THE MOST OF DISABILITY DISCOUNTS


Many attractions and museums both at home and abroad offer disability discounts that can save you a lot of money. If you are travelling with an able bodied carer, they will have to pay normal fees, but
the discounts will still be a lot cheaper than paying full prices for two people. It’s natural when you are abroad to go and visit landmarks and places of interest and not all of them are free. So be sure to read up about costs before going and you will quickly see how much money can be saved.


Do you have any top tips for traveling with a disability? Let me know in the comment section!





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