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.
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.
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 ask people who struggle with claustrophobia on a plane.
We asked parents of children with ASD to give us some insights into the particular issues that they face when taking a child through the airport, some of their tips to get through it, and what they think airports should be doing to help make this journey easier for them.
Over 80% of parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder responded that the airport experience is a particularly daunting one in a recent survey conducted by Airport Parking Shop. Children with autism are likely to find airports very problematic, which is unsurprising given that it is a scenario far removed from everyday life. Queuing, security, announcements, crowds and more can all combine to make it a pretty overwhelming experience for anyone with ASD, but in particular children.
Jet lag, or desynchronosis to give it its proper medical name, is a physiological condition resulting from a disturbance to the body clock when travelling rapidly from one time zone to another. Passengers travelling by ship are less likely to be affected as their body clocks have longer to adjust, but for travellers flying across different time zones it can be a real problem and the further you go the worse the effects are. Read More
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DVT, or deep-vein thrombosis, is a condition which occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep leg vein (typically the calf or thigh). If the clot stays put, stuck to the wall of the vein, it causes redness and swelling to the area. But if part of it breaks off it can travel to the lungs (pulmonary embolus) and cause serious illness or even death. It can also be a contributory cause of a stroke or heart attack. Unfortunately some DVTs cause no symptoms, for instance in the pelvis, and the first that is known of the condition can be a pulmonary embolism. Read More