We want travelling to be for everyone, so we've done several in depth and specific reports into what it's like to travel when you have a medical, or mental, condition. Whether it's what airports could be doing to improve the experience for passengers or tips to make the journey smoother, we're passionate about making things easier.
Content written in collaboration with stroke charity Different Strokes.
Over the years, we’ve written many health and travel articles, including Autism, Diabetes, Sensory Impairments and Mental Health. These were usually through our own research, conducting surveys and the like, but when it came to travelling after a stroke, we wanted to work with Different Strokes.
They provide active peer support for young stroke survivors and families and have kindly written the following piece to shed some light on the hidden challenges that some stroke survivors encounter at airports and when flying. You’ll also hear from stroke survivors and their experiences of flying after a stroke.
With that, let’s hand over to Different Strokes to bring your their insight into flying after a stroke.
It is estimated that 3.5 million people in Britain have been diagnosed with Diabetes, with 10% of adults being Type 1. Of the 31,500 children that have been diagnosed, 95.1% of them are also Type 1.
What is Type 1 Diabetes?
When the body is no longer able to produce insulin because the insulin producing cells in the body have been destroyed. Read More
Navigating your way through an airport can be intimidating at the best of times; large crowds with multiple conversations at once coupled with rows of flickering, fluorescent flight boards can be a bit much for some. But what about those that don’t, or can’t experience these things? How different is the journey through an airport for a passenger that is hard of hearing or visually impaired? And what do UK airports do to support those using airports with sensory impairments?
*Updated in 2019*
You’ve picked your destination, purchased your holiday essentials and booked your transfers – you’re ready to get away! But, are you flying for the first time? It’s a daunting thought, no matter what your age; What do I need to prepare? How will I know where to go? Will it be busy? What is the security process like and what can I take in my hand luggage? These are just some of the questions that will be running through your mind.
Don’t panic! We have put together a few helpful Tips for First Time Flyers to prepare for your first trip to the airport and to (hopefully) put you at ease.
Photo credit: Scott
Claustrophobia affects tens of thousands of people in the UK alone. It can cause many problems within your life, especially when it comes to flying. With this in mind, and our focus on highlighting Mental Health and Travel, we thought it would be interesting to explore this and speak to the people it affects everyday.