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travel 10 tips for overseas travel It is almost always cheaper to book your accessible hotel accommodation in advance. Different airlines have different policies on specific disabilities and needs. Do your research first on the airline’s website. Most will offer assistance, priority check-in etc. Avoid the stress of misplaced luggage and take your medication in your hand luggage. Allow plenty of time for checking-in, boarding and meeting connecting flights. Travelling with a disability takes some forward planning so plan ahead.  Make photocopies of important documents (or take photos of them on your phone). By Craig Sheather Consider using a travel agent, accommodation provider or tour group who specialise in disability friendly holidays. Research your destination. Understand the history, culture and way of life. Learn common phrases if travelling to a destination with a foreign language. Insurance is essential. Some providers may cover pre-existing conditions, replacement medication, mobility equipment etc. Always read the fine print. T OR PASSP Great Holidays and Travel for people with disabilities. We believe that taking a holiday should be hassle free. Leisure Options is Australia’s supported holiday specialist and our qualifi ed staff will look after you every step of the way. ● National award winning business operating since 1994 ● Our experienced and friendly staff are suitably qualifi ed including a registered nurse available for advice and support ● Holiday guarantee ensures your holiday is never cancelled ● Over 80 holidays each year to local, national and international destinations ● High staff ratios ensure you receive the support and attention you deserve ● Choice of either group or individualised touring ● Registered NDIS service provider Let us make your holiday dreams come true. Find us on Facebook For more information call 1300 363 713 (toll free) or visit our website www.leisureoptions.com.au linkonline.com.au travel 49