- Ask your hotel or tour operator about accessibility arrangements - for example whether the hotel rooms have accessible bathrooms, whether there is an on-call concierge service to help you, and whether wheelchairs or other mobility equipment are available to hire.
- When travelling by plane, speak to your airline in advance to let them know if you will be bringing any equipment with you, and whether you will need any help getting through check-in and to your flight. They will be able to arrange for someone to meet you at the terminal to help you. As a disabled person, you can travel with up to two items of mobility equipment free of charge. This won't count as part of your baggage allowance.
- If you're a wheelchair user, you probably won't be able to take your own wheelchair onto the plane, as it will be stored in the hold. Speak to your airline to find out what help they'll provide when boarding. It's best to do this at least 48 hours in advance to ensure that the airline has everything ready for you. Find out more about travelling by plane if you have a disability.
- If you travel with an assistance animal, you can take it on the flight with you. However, you must follow the rules for pet travel and ensure that your assistance animal is microchipped and has had all necessary vaccinations.
- Make sure you take with you any prescription or over-the-counter medication that you may need on your holiday, as you may not be able to obtain it once you are abroad. It's also a good idea to arrange travel insurance in case of any emergencies.
- Consider booking with a travel operator that specialises in accessible holidays. They will be able to find you accessible and disability-friendly destinations and hotels, and ensure your trip goes smoothly. Many also provide care holidays (sometimes called respite holidays) which include additional services such as 24-hour carers for people with disabilities.
Find out more about travelling overseas with a disability from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.