We all need a break from time to time. But great holidays offer more than the chance to simply slow down; they allow us to see the world, experience new sensations and enjoy time with family. That’s why it’s important you choose a destination that’s accessible for you.
Why are holidays so important?
Escaping perhaps a hectic time back home to go somewhere new and relaxing can offer a welcome boost to your wellbeing.
A holiday can have a positive impact on the whole family too. Enjoying quality time together, without life’s daily distractions, improves family relationships as you’ll have the time to as you bond over new experiences.
Even anticipating a trip inspires a jump in happiness, with some researchers recommending that people may get more out of several small trips a year than one big vacation.
Which holiday destinations are most accessible? Majorca
Majorca, the largest Spanish island in the Balearics, is the ultimate choice for those in search of glorious sun-drenched beaches and rich cultural experiences.
This island is the perfect place to enjoy the high points of Spanish culture. Take in Palma’s medieval charms, indulge in local delicacies sobrassada and ensaimadas, and immerse yourself in local history at numerous heritage sites like LLotja and Santuari de Cuba.
Beaches like Playa de Palma and Cala Bona have wide, flat promenades, so wheelchair users can enjoy the ocean view at their own pace.
The architectural diversity of Hungary’s capital, Budapest, is unsurpassed. Absorb yourself in Roman amphitheatres, Ottoman bath houses, Neo-Renaissance gems like the Opera House and Art Nouveau marvel the Museum of Applied Arts. They’re sure to spark the imagination.
For a dose of local living, visit the popular thermal spas, which are some of the largest in Europe. These have been upgraded with pool hoists, so wheelchair users can enter the water safely and comfortably.
Berlin, Germany’s laid-back metropolis, is a must for history buffs and art aficionados, with an endless supply of unforgettable culture.
The Brandenburg Gate, the rebuilt Reichstag, the Berlin Wall Memorial and Checkpoint Charlie are just a few of the most visited historic sites.
At the same time, the art scene offers scores of world-class collections as well as contemporary shows at galleries like Berlinische Galerie and C/O Berlin. You can even go on a street art and graffiti tour.
With plenty of attractions spread out across the city, you’ll rely on transport to get around.
The majority of the city’s public transport systems are easily accessible to those with reduced mobility, incorporating road-level tram entry and wheelchair ramps so you can sightsee without worry.
Which holiday destinations are accessible in the UK?
If you don’t enjoy flying, or you find this mode of transport difficult, then why not holiday in the UK? With all the relaxing benefits of a break away from everyday life, a staycation can often save you time and money too.
For a seaside break in the south of England, Brighton makes a splash. With miles of beautiful coastline to explore, ornate buildings like the Royal Pavilion, the world’s oldest operating aquarium, and regular music events and theatre at the Brighton Centre and the Brighton Dome, you won’t run out of things to do.
Brighton’s entire public transport bus network is wheelchair accessible with ramps and a facility to lower the step.
Or to experience the calming effect of nature, the Lake District could be a perfect choice. Its national park is home to England’s largest natural lake, Windermere, and highest mountain, Scafell Pike, granting adventurous days out for you and the family.
Absorbing the remarkable landscape doesn’t have to be a struggle: there are numerous trails like Broughton Railway Trail that have wide, smooth pathways, allowing for easy wheelchair access, as well as water sports and cycling tours that cater to the less mobile.
So, whether you’re a sun-seeker or an ancient culture crusader, there’s an accessible holiday out there for you. It’s time to get inspired.