Traveling without barriers

Traveling without barriers

Personal travel experiences, reports





Sandy beaches, huge pools, great views - this is the standard description of a hotel in one of the most popular tourist destinations. But for a disabled traveler, it is much more important to see in this description whether there are handrails or ramps on the territory of the hotel, because just a couple of steps can make the golden sand of the beach inaccessible to him. With such a rapid pace of development of the tourism industry, which we observe today, and close international communication, including the exchange of experience among participants in the tourism business, in fact, there are no difficult obstacles on the way to affordable tourism. As far as our country is concerned, of course, there is a lack of experience in this area - hence the lack of preparation of the staff to serve clients with disabilities, inconvenience in using transport or in accessing tourist places.

HOW IS THIS "AT THEM"…. In Europe, tourism for the disabled is a developed profitable business, in each country there are up to 20 specialized tour operators. That is why it is easier for a tourist with disabilities in European countries to assess the complexity of the routes, the saturation and duration of the trip. Indeed, when drawing up a route, it is necessary to take into account all the recommendations of the attending physician, coupled with the wishes of the tourist and his family members. All travel details must be tailored to the client's needs.

The mandatory presence of a relative or friend of a traveler with special needs is not always required. If this is not directly related to a medical factor, and is not an essential condition for the safety of life and health of a tourist, then it entirely depends on the desire of the traveler. He can go on a trip with his relatives, friends or with a personal assistant. If necessary, an assistant can be provided for the duration of the trip or at the necessary times

AS AN EXAMPLE - SLOVENIA. Slovenia has become much better adapted in recent years to meet the needs of people with disabilities. Among the Slovenian cities that are systematically improving accessibility for the disabled, it is worth highlighting Ljubljana, Maribor, Ajdovščina and many tourist destinations. In Europe, 70% of the total number of people with disabilities travel. The demand for "accessible tourism" (accessible tourism - the term that is most often used in relation to tourism for people with disabilities) is constantly growing. All public buildings and tourist facilities that are not yet equipped for disabled access usually have at least a few designated parking spaces at the entrance. In the Slovenian capital, even the main railway station is equipped for disabled people. The percentage of city buses with low thresholds and sound announcements of the names of stops is very high. Also, almost everywhere there are usually toilet rooms for the disabled. In many Slovenian cities, sidewalks of a special configuration have been built. Every day there are more and more low-lying ATMs for more convenient access for disabled people, as well as ATMs using Braille for the blind and visually impaired. One of the most popular Slovenian tourist attractions, the Ljubljana Castle, can be reached using a funicular, which is equipped for disabled access. People with disabilities are also cared for at the Ljubljana Zoo. Also, disabled people can get to the main city post office without any problems. Some of the city's museums and galleries also offer easy access for disabled people.

IN RUSSIA. Today Russian tour operators offer various excursion tours around the Golden Ring, Moscow, St. Petersburg and so on as “affordable tourism”.

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