I often see a sentence on the Internet: “The excitement is theirs, I have nothing.” It says that people with disabilities cannot experience the joy of traveling. Indeed, for some people with reduced mobility, or for people with hearing and vision impairments, travel is indeed a luxury. But through some planning and organization, you will find that it is completely possible for people with disabilities to travel, and it is very common. Things.
As a people who love to travel and quickly put into action, the Germans care a lot about the quality of travel. Long ago, Germany started the construction of barrier-free travel facilities, covering all aspects from transportation to attractions.
You can see people with reduced mobility in a wheelchair admiring exhibits in a museum
You can see hearing-impaired people using hearing aids
You can see visually impaired people touching the city with their hands under the guidance of a guide
All this is thanks to the planning and construction of accessible travel in Germany.
We can’t require that the planning and construction of accessible travel in all countries and regions is as good as Germany, but we can make travel no longer a luxury by planning ahead.
I. Travel guide for disabled people
Highlights of tourism strategy: preparation before travel, medical preparation, declaration of carrying medicines and medical equipment.
1.Consider your physical needs and needs while traveling
Travel strategy should start with personal needs. This includes physical needs and what you want on the go. Take the time to evaluate your needs and the ideal way to meet them, making it easy to tailor your itinerary to your specific needs.
2.Understand Your Five Important Questions
1) What is the ideal mode of transportation?
2) How can I make travel easier?
3) What is the purpose of the trip?
4) How to stay?
5) Daily needs?
3.Plan where you want to go and what you want to do
Before travelling with a disability, plan where you want to go, how to stay after you arrive, what scenery you want to see and what to do after you get there.
Think carefully before choosing a transport:
1) How do I get to my destination?
Car, bus, plane, taxi …
2) How do I move around when I arrive?
Public transportation, family or friends driving, taxi, Uber …
3) Where do I live?
Hotel, Airbnb, family or friend house, cruise ship …
4) What equipment do you need for the accommodation room?
Accessible shower, scooter or wheelchair storage …
5.Think about how much time it takes for each phase of the trip
Consider clearing the time that each step may take. Airport boarding time, taxi or bus waiting time. It is best to set aside time for each step and provide a buffer to deal with any misfortunes, confusions or detours along the way.
6.Write down your needs and book your stay
After knowing the needs and destination, book your accommodation by phone so that you can consult to clear your own problems. Booking online may mistake your needs.
7.Reservation of transportation
If you think about whether you need to take a taxi, tour bus or other transportation at your destination. Reservations can be made in advance (such as airport shuttles) and they will confirm that they can provide the transportation you need. If you are considering any excursions, you may also need to do research in advance. Some tour groups are always dedicated to people with disabilities, while others may require specific buses, lifts or seats.
8.Consider renting mobile devices at your destination
Consider the possibility of renting a wheelchair or scooter at your destination. By renting equipment at your destination, you save time at the airport and free up some cargo space in your car.
9.Use public transport whenever possible
Consider opting for public transport, taxi or shuttle services via Uber. Many public transport options are equipped with accessible locations for the disabled, saving you time and the hassle of buying the right vehicle locally. The best way to browse public transportation is to do some research while planning your trip so that you know the correct route, stop and payment process before you reach your destination.
10.Talk to your doctor to make sure you have enough medicines and equipment
It’s important to talk to your doctor before traveling long distances. This can help you answer any questions you might have while traveling and learn more about how to make your trip easier and more comfortable.
The most obvious reason to talk to your doctor is to make sure you have the right amount of medicines and equipment with you on the go.
1) Be sure to clear:
Make sure your medicine is clearly labeled and in its original packaging
Make sure your medicine contains manufacturer’s information
Take enough medication throughout your stay
Prepare for a safety check after taking the drug
2) Similar to carrying OTC drugs, flying with OTC or prescription drugs follows the following simple rules:
All items must be labeled, preferably on the manufacturer’s packaging
Proof of necessity: Each item has a prescription label and is covered in the doctor’s statement.
All medicines may require additional screening, so make sure you add time to your plan.
3) Carefully package the drug and keep records
If you are packing your medicine in a suitcase or backpack, make sure to use a leak-proof container, such as a frozen zip bag. This will help keep the suitcase dry and protect your medication. It’s also a good idea to use travel kits to keep everything together.
4) Please bring the necessary medical certificate when packing medical equipment
With some plans, traveling with medical and mobile devices can be simple.
Ⅱ.Analysis of other tourism strategies based on Australian tourism
1.What about accessible facilities in Australia?
In recent years, the Australian Government has spent a lot of time and energy to ensure that disabled visitors can enjoy Australia without any obstacles. If your physical condition is special or you have special needs, there are many accessibility services for you to choose from. Please inform your travel agency or visit of your specific requirements to help you prepare before your departure.
2.What language is used in Australia?
The official language of Australia is English. However, Australia is a multicultural country, so you often hear different languages on the street.
3.What is the emergency number in Australia?
The emergency phone number for police, ambulance and fire trucks is 000.
4.Do I need to bring a conversion head?
The power source used in Australia is 220-240 volts, 50 Hz AC, usually a three-hole socket.
5.What is the international calling code for Australia?
Australia’s international country code is 61. The mobile phone network basically covers the whole country, but the signal may be poor in some remote areas.
Free Wi-Fi coverage in restaurants, hotels and libraries.
6.What should I pay attention to when entering the country?
Every tourist entering Australia needs to read and fill out the immigration card carefully.
7.Restricted entry items:
Australian customs enforce strict controls.
You cannot bring drugs, weapons and protected wildlife into Australia; some common supplies such as fresh or packaged food, fruits, meat, plants, seeds, fur, etc. are also strictly prohibited.
Details can be found at the Australian Border Enforcement Agency.
8.Declaration of entry items:
1) You must declare the corresponding items strictly according to the instructions on the entry card.
2) If you plan to bring in more than 10,000 Australian dollars (or equivalent foreign currency) in cash, you must declare to Australian Customs upon arrival at the airport.
3) Australia has a strict drug entry policy. If you bring necessary personal drugs to the country, you need to declare it. It is strongly recommended that the drug be placed in the original packaging and in a carry-on pouch, while carrying a doctor’s prescription.
4) Australia also has strict regulations on drugs containing certain ingredients (including some over-the-counter medicines), and some cannot be brought into the country. For details, please check the official website of the Australian Medicines Agency.
5) After you declare your items, there will be a biosafety official to check and evaluate your declared items when entering the country. In most cases, he will return what you consider to be “low risk” on the spot. However, if an official evaluates an item as “high risk,” you may be faced with the following: pay for the item to be processed / pay for the export of the item / voluntarily discard the item.
9.Entry tax exemption:
Ordinary items: Each adult (over 18 years old) can bring goods worth less than AUD 900 to enter duty-free; each child can bring goods worth less than AUD 450 to enter duty-free.
Alcohol: Each adult can bring up to 2.25 liters of alcoholic beverages (including spirits, wine, champagne, etc.) into the country duty-free.
Tobacco: Each adult can carry an unopened pack of cigarettes, which can hold up to 25 cigarettes (that is, 25 grams of tobacco products).
Any items exceeding the tax allowance must be declared. Relevant Australian authorities have the right to update the above regulations, please refer to the latest regulations at the time of departure.
10.Time difference between Australia and your country
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11.What is the climate in Australia?
The weather in Australia varies, with eight states and territories all over the country. Most of Australia has four distinct seasons, and the northern tropical region has rainy and dry seasons.
You can make travel plans based on the average temperature of these capital cities in Australia. Please refer to the local weather forecast before travelling.
12.What is the legal drinking age in Australia?
The legal drinking age is 18 years and over. Bring identification that proves your age. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased at alcohol discount stores and hotels (not supermarkets).
13.Can I smoke in Australia?
In Australia, you cannot smoke in closed public places. These places include public transportation, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, cinemas and some other public areas. You cannot buy cigarettes under the age of 18.
What is Australian currency?
The Australian currency is the Australian dollar (AUD), with banknotes of $ 5, $ 10, $ 20, $ 50, and $ 100, coins with $ 5, $ 10, $ 20, and $ 50, and $ 1 and $ 2.
15.What are Australian service charges and excise taxes?
Australia charges a 10% Goods and Services Tax (GST). You can claim a tax refund if you spent $ 300 or more at the same store within 60 days before leaving Australia. The tourist tax refund counter is located in the departure hall of the international airport or terminal.
16.When do Australian malls usually close?
Australian malls generally have shorter business hours than domestic ones. Most malls usually close at 5: 30-6: 00 pm, and may be slightly extended on Thursdays and Fridays. Shopping malls usually adjust business hours on Christmas and other holidays . It is recommended that tourists insert their business hours in advance and arrange the time.
17.Can I swim in Australian waters?
From October to April, Australia’s most popular beaches are usually patrolled by volunteer lifeguards, with red and yellow flags marking the safest swimming areas. For your safety, swim in the areas marked by these flags and accompany others.
Before entering the water, please pay attention to the warning signs around the beach, they will remind you of the current weather conditions in this area, whether it is suitable for surfing, any potential dangers, etc.
If you are in danger in the water, remember to stay calm and raise your arms to keep waving, so that nearby lifeguards can see you for the first time. If you have an emergency at the beach, first seek the help of a lifeguard. If there is no lifeguard nearby, call 000 emergency services immediately.
18.Do you need sun protection throughout the year?
The sun in Australia is very violent. For skin health, it is necessary to prepare for sun protection throughout the year, even on cloudy days. It is recommended to use sunscreen with SPF 30 or above and apply it to the body 30 minutes before heading to the beach. And pay attention to regular repeated application. You can also wear a shirt and hat to block the sun.
19.What do I need to be aware of when encountering wildlife in Australia?
When encountering marine life on the sea floor, please be careful not to touch it, while protecting them, you are also protecting yourself. Of course, when encountering other wild animals on land, you must also observe the principle of “only observing from a distance and not playing tricks”. Without the permission of the staff or professional guides, do not conflict with feeding, touching, or even teasing animals.
20.Do I need to buy insurance before departure?
It is highly recommended that you have travel insurance covering theft, loss, accident and medical issues before you travel. If you plan to take part in any adventure activities during your trip, such as deep-water diving, jungle hikes, or trips to remote areas, check if your policy fully covers these activities. Remember to bring insurance policy information and emergency contact number.
The entire society is paying attention to accessible tourism for the disabled. In the future, there will be more high-tech products to create more comfortable accessible travel and expand the items covered by accessible travel.
All you can do now is to do a good job, prepare for travel, and wait for the epidemic to pass.