Ian Beverley shares his experience of travelling with his wife who also has sight loss
Before starting this blog entry, I feel the need to reassure you that this is not going to be a rant in any way, shape or form. I know some will say ‘ah what a pity’ but no, it’s a reflection on life and the choices that are particularly hard to make. Anyway, I like to think that my rants do have some constructive element to them. After all, if there is a complaint about something then really it's best to come up with some kind of remedy or solution?
Holidays are important. Yes, not everyone has the chance to go on many or any at all, but if at all possible, it’s good to get away from the main day to day routines of life. We would love to be able to visit many parts of the UK and exercise a choice to travel and stay in different places. This country has so many good places to visit and experience, that the choice is pretty good. However, is that really the case for us?
As a totally blind couple, we do feel fairly constrained by where we are able to visit independently. Going somewhere new can be quite a trawl in terms of planning travel, booking accessible accommodation (i.e. guide dog friendly) and then there is the touring around and visiting places of interest. When you’re going to a place for the first time and especially in more rural locations, the opportunities to do this independently are reduced dramatically if not taken out of the holiday choice altogether.
We are, at present, restricted to places that do have support mechanisms around them to provide visits to places of interest, but it would be great to have a change and to go somewhere new. This in no way is a criticism of the places that we visit and we value them greatly, but we’d love to see new things and experience new places.
How do you overcome the practical issues of going on holiday to a new destination when you’re both totally blind? It would be great to throw this question out there as we’d love to hear others experiences and thoughts.Organisations such as Traveleyes provide a great service to anybody wanting to go abroad, but what is available here in the UK?