Travelling really does enrich your life. But for Deaf travelers with hearing problems, there can be a few extra challenges and planning needed before you go away.
In 2021, there are even more issues to overcome for every holidaymaker. The travel market has changed, and there are now rules to be aware of so enjoy a fun and safe trip.
That might take a little extra work, but if you take the time to prepare for your trip, then you can have fun and see more of the world after being cooped up indoors for more than a year.
If you’re a deaf traveller who’s looking to travel in 2021, then here are some practical tips to help you save time, stay safe, and, most importantly of all, enjoy yourself!
Ensure you’re covered for a medical emergency
Travel can put a strain on pre-existing medical condition,. Make sure you have extra medicine with you.
Make sure that you have medical travel insurance that covers your pre-existing conditions. You can easily get a quote for this at AllClear who cover thousands of pre-existing conditions, and offer COVID-19 cover as standard.
Make everyone aware of your needs as a Deaf traveler
When you’re traveling, it’s important that everyone knows about your communication needs ahead of time, so that they can make the necessary arrangements to ensure that you feel safe at all times. As well as your traveling companions, you should also inform your transport and accommodation providers and ask them to make any necessary changes to ensure that you’re always able to communicate and understand emergency procedures.
For example, if you communicate with the airport before you fly, then they can provide you with a subtitled video of the in-flight safety announcement. Your hotel may also be able to ensure they have a tactile smoke alarm so that you are safe and able to understand in case of an issue.
Learn to sign/ write inthe native language
If you’re travelling to a country where English isn’t the first language, then yu need to be prepared to find alternative ways to communicate. Most countries have a unique sign language alphabet, so you could learn a few basic phrases.
Thanks to the rise in mask-wearing, you might struggle to read lips, and if you’re non-verbal, then you’ll need a way to communicate. Because not everyone knows sign language, you could also learn how to write down a few basic phrases in the native language so that you can communicate with others in writing if required. Always carry a notebook and a pen.
Take lenty of books and games
Thanks to the pandemic and the extra restrictions in place to keep everyone safe, you’ll probably face a longer wait than usual at the airport and when trying to visit local attractions. As such, you need to make sure that you always have items to keep yourself entertained.
Consider carrying books and games to keep yourself and your travelling companions occupied during your journey and in case of delays. Find the best books to read in 2021 and make sure you carry a copy or download them to your Kindle to save space in your bag.
By preparing and understanding the changes that COVID-19 has caused for travel, you’ll be able to travel safely this year.