Begin With Short Trips. Disclaimer: It Can Be Addictive!
Meet motivational speaker Preeti Monga, also our blind expert, who strongly believes that everyone deserves to experience the joys of travel. For beginners she suggests to take the maiden plunge with one day excursion and guarantees you will never look back.
If you are visually impaired or have a friend who is blind, and you guys have been forever contemplating to go on holiday, this post is just for you! For, it is now about time you took the plunge into the fantastic world of travel!
Start with discarding discouraging thoughts like, “What will I get out of going to an unknown tourist place, where, I have heard, almost everything is a pleasure for the sense of sight? And, what if I do make the effort and go for a holiday, and don’t enjoy myself? And then there is always a risk of being ridiculed and pitied, by the sighted world.
Trust me, these are only baseless inhibitions, we, visually impaired folks seem to carry. You can’t miss the chance of going on holidays because of these self-defeating thoughts that have somehow got planted inside your heads! There is so much in this incredible world waiting to be explored, and you will be surprised how much of that, can be enjoyed by the power of your other four extraordinarily heightened senses!
Here is how you can begin to discover the actual truth that lies in what I just said.
To minimize anticipated risk, start with one day excursion in or around your city. A good idea will be, to entrust your travel arrangements with Enable Travel that offers assisstive travel solutions for people with disabilities.
Once you are all ready to go, here are some useful tips to help make your trip further relaxed and pleasurable:
Wear clothes that you are comfortable in, especially when you are on the move, like your favorite pair of jeans and t-shirt or a flexible pair of leggings with a kurta; anything that needs least amount of bothering around with once you are on the go. And of course, a good pair of shoes.
Sling your water bottle across your shoulder and pack along your favorite munchies. Be sure to carry a packet of wet-tissues and a small hand sanitizer. Also, it’s always a good idea to carry a few meds like a pain-killer, some travel sickness medicine and something that you may need for digestion issue. You may not need these, but it is always good to have these handy, besides someone else on the trip may be grateful you had these. This also lets people around you know that you are not the liability they initially thought you were, but rather a great help to your fellow travelers.
Certainly you will take along your white cane, ie., if you use one. It is wise to carry a fully charged power bank , for our mobile phone is a lifeline to all us visually impaired people. Now that you have all the above in place, your confidence is already up and mounting!
Here are a few points to remember, to get the most out of your outing:
Consciously leave your hesitation at home! Use all your working senses to their maximum potential. Remember to quickly, politely and clearly inform, the person who is going to assist you during the trip, as to how much and in which manner he or she can best assist you with the least amount of awkwardness.
Feel absolutely free to ask questions like, where are we? What does the landscape around us look like? What kind of foliage can you see here? I hear different chirping sounds, what type of birds are these? Can someone help me touch that carving? If touching is not possible, can someone describe the same to me? Just draw it on my hand so I know what all of you are admiring please.
So on and so forth; just don’t give up the opportunity of finding out all that you wish to know about the place you are at. You will be surprised how much more your sighted fellow travelers, will gladly explain once they get to know, you too are interested in your surroundings and the world around you. Your enthusiastic questioning will only help defuse the awkwardness and tension, which in turn will encourage people around you to quickly get over their own inhibitions regarding communicating with a blind person. And you will have managed to see and enjoy everything around, just as your sighted co travelers would have done, and you would have made a few more great new friends in the bargain as well!
I assure you, that you would have loved this day trip so much that you will have to want more! Next, try going on short weekend trips! I can assure you, you will now be looking for getting off on your holidays on every weekend!
Soon you will be on your way to taking longer holidays, which will open a whole new world of adventures and experiences for you. I promise, each holiday will be a positive life changing event, along with making your knowledge bank fuller with every trip you take!
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