Top Tips For Travelling In The UK With Older Family

by - 24 February

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With restrictions starting to lift in the UK, the hope of life back to normal with the vaccine by Summer and families being reunited now is the time to start looking at your next staycation in the UK. Take your whole family including your parents and make it a holiday you and they will never forget. So, here are the top tips for travelling with older family members.

 The Location

First, you need to figure out where you want to go and what type of place will suit everyone. You might want to go somewhere that has beautiful scenery or lovely little villages to explore. Devon and Cornwall are good for this type of thing but you will need to consider if the specific area you go will have steep walks or if they will have accessible routes. For example, St. Ives in Cornwall is lovely but most of the car parks are up a hill, on the other hand, Looe is a similar village but is relatively flat so could be a better idea. Falmouth is also a good place in Cornwall to choose. The best option for any of these types of places would be to hire a car that is big enough to fit in a wheelchair or electric scooter so that it is easier to get around and see various places on your trip.   

Type of Property

Then you need to consider the type of property you want to stay in. Do you need a place with a downstairs bedroom or a stairlift for someone who cannot climb stairs? a ramp for wheelchair access? Maybe you need handrails or a specialist shower and bath setup such as ones from Age UK Mobility. There are options available for every type of need. If you google "UK holiday properties with accessibility" a number of websites come up with various properties available. Narrow it down by the location you picked and you will find something that suits your needs.

Things To Do

The last thing you need to consider is what there will be to do in the place that you visit. It's no good going to a place that has lots of visitor attractions if none of them are accessible for your elderly relatives. Websites such as AccessAble allow you to search by activity and a location to pick the perfect place for your or your families needs.

Overall, I would say do lots of research before you book anywhere to go. Researching is the best thing to find exactly what you need and what will suit you and your family. Wherever you choose, I'm sure you will all have a great time and the memories will last forever.

What are your top tips for travelling in the UK with older family? Let me know below and while you are here why not check out more of my travel content?

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