Advice on Holidays for disabled and their carers

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My name is Tajinder Chaudhry. I have been working in the Travel and Tourism industry for more than 15 years.

I'm a carer to my grandmother who loves to travel has recently become wheelchair bound. Despite of my 15 Years experience and contacts in the travel and tourism industry, I have faced difficulties in making travel arrangements for her holidays. I found that the limited choices available in the market are quite expensive, and fail to meet all special needs requirements. And I wondered if other carers or special needs travellers may have faced similar challenges ?

Travelling for the purpose of relaxation and having a good time is as much a human right for a disabled person as it is for a non-disabled person. Using my 15 years experience and contacts in travel and tourism industry, I am developing specialized affordable holidays for people with special needs.

To put these packages together, I would like your help in understanding —
What methods you use to choose and search for your holidays? And if you prefer travelling within UK or abroad?
What are your or your companion’s essential requirements while on a holidays ?

If you have already been, or thinking of going on a holiday, and can share your requirments, experiences and challenges to help me build appropriate holidays which meets real needs and solve actual problems, it will be appreciated.

You can reply on this forum or you may contact me directly via PM if you wish to help me out in this.

I would love to keep you all updated of my progress and development on this research.
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Hi Tajinder. I'm sorry your grandmother is struggling in this way. I've been told by family that one of the hardest things to deal with is being told 'no' to broadening your horizons. Whilst she'll have to accept in some form that there will be things she cannot do, there is still a whole wide world out there and plenty of places suitable.

I think city breaks should be the focus of your attention, if she's into that sort of thing. I know there are companies that specialise in providing tailored holiday packages like these, which will put together a travel package based on accessibility or special needs. Also remember, there are so many great places to see in the UK, so if you're hesitant to leave the country because of the problems it could cause, look for something more local.

As for my own recommendation, a family member mine affected by disability told me that European destinations had the most options available for disabled people, as well as many places that met special requirements for disabilities. He also said that the last few times he went, he invested in one of these selfie sticks so he could take pictures with much greater ease (something he'd never been able to do before).

I'm so surprised that with 15 years of contacts you're having difficulties, do you mind me asking what you did in the industry? If I could send you a PM, you cant let me know that way if you like?

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