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Over half of disabled travelers say holidays are nearly impossible

More than half of disabled travelers say challenges they face makes going on holiday ‘almost impossible’, new study finds

  • 40 per cent of disabled travelers say going on holiday was more expensive because they had to pay for support they needed
  • A third of those questioned said they felt uncomfortable going away and being around other holidaymakers
  • Other difficulties include airports, airline and other transport not being adapted for those with disabilities 
  • Most said that they did not find tour operators particularly supportive in catering to travellers with disabilities 

More than half of travelers with disabilities say they find going on holiday almost impossible, a new survey by luxury holiday specialists Oliver’s Travels has found.

The villa holiday experts polled 1,000 people with disabilities to gain insight into the greatest barriers facing people with disabilities when travelling.

The research found for a third of disabled travelers one of the key issues is feeling uncomfortable around other holidaymakers.

Other difficulties include airports, airline and other transport not being adapted for those with disabilities.

The research also found that 40 per cent of those asked say that holidays for them are more expensive because getting the necessary support and adaptations to meet their needs leaves them out of pocket. 

Many travelers asked said they find going on holiday difficult because they don’t get sufficient support at places like airports

Most said that they did not find tour operators particularly supportive in catering to travellers with disabilities – and 16 per cent said that hospitality staff need training on how to understand and support accessible travel needs. 

The situation may however be improving as 44 per cent said that have seen a small improvement in accessible options in the last five years. 

Oliver Bell, owner of Oliver’s Travels, says, ‘It was incredibly important for us to gain further insight into accessible travel and the key barriers facing travellers with disabilities.

‘The results of our survey have been invaluable to us in identifying the areas in which we need to improve our accessible travel provisions, and we hope our findings will encourage a step in the right direction for the travel industry as a whole.’

Since conducting their research, Oliver’s Travels have been making key developments to their website to ensure their online resources and booking options are accessible for all. 

Additionally, the team have conducted research into travel tools and resources to help support travellers with disabilities while on holiday, which can be found in their online guide.

The travel experts are continuing to review ways in which they can adapt and improve their accessible travel options moving forward.

Oliver's Travels produced this guide for disabled travelers to help them prepare for a trip away

Oliver’s Travels produced this guide for disabled travelers to help them prepare for a trip away

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