Any trip abroad takes a fair amount of planning, and this is only increased when you are living with a long-term or serious medical condition, meaning that you have to add a lot of additional planning to your trip. You need to consider whether you are able to travel, and what destinations will be safe for you to travel to. Work out if you need to make any additional arrangements such as vaccinations before you go, and make sure you have a great travel insurance policy.
Talk to your doctor
Before you book anything or make any concrete travel plans, you should speak to your doctor. Explain the kind of trip you’d like to take including your destination, how you plan to get there and the kind of activities you are hoping to do. Your healthcare provider who knows the most about your condition is the best person to decide if you are well enough to travel and advise you of any precautions you may need to take.
Choose your destination carefully
As much as it may be frustrating to have your travel plans dictated by your health, where you are planning to go can make a big impact on your experience. Particularly warm or cold locations can aggravate the symptoms of many medical conditions, so where you can try to aim for warm, mild climates.
It is also worth giving yourself plenty of time to travel between destinations and each part of your journey can help alleviate tiredness, which is good as fatigue can worsen symptoms. Ideally, do everything you can to make the journey smooth and as stress-free as possible.
Pick your accommodation with simplicity in mind. Consider an all-inclusive option, as all your meals and activities will be in one place. You may also consider opting for a holiday provider who offers specialized trips and packages for anyone with disabilities or medical conditions.
Researching your destination and planning carefully can help you to be well prepared for your trip. Work out what medical facilities there are in your destination, and note down some important information such as the nearest hospital and the emergency services numbers of your destination.
Get comprehensive travel insurance
The most important step for any trip is a good travel insurance policy. Even if you are feeling well, organizing cover with a company like Staysure is vital to protect you from any medical expenses you may face overseas, as well as cover from any last-minute cancellations
Get any travel vaccinations you need
Lots of destinations, especially ones with more tropical climates, have rules in place requiring tourists to have specific vaccinations before traveling. Make sure you are allowed to get all the vaccinations required for travel to these countries, as certain health conditions or disabilities can prevent you from getting certain vaccinations. If this is the case, you may not be able to travel to certain countries, so make sure to do your research before booking. If you’re unsure, you can ask your doctor for advice on any vaccinations you may not be able to get safe, and when the best times to get them will be to build up a proper immunity.
If you are traveling to a country which requires you to take anti-malarial medication you should work out how far in advance you should start, as many courses should be started a few days before traveling.
If you do your research and plan appropriately, you can still have the holiday of your dreams, even with a medical condition. Take time to make sure you are keeping yourself safe and are well prepared for your trip, then get booked!