Disability Accessible Travel

Travels are often challenging for the average person, and more so for someone with a disability. Whether visible or invisible, the physical limitations of a person’s ability to keep up with the typical day to day activities of a travel itinerary would sometimes make the trip less enjoyable. The mainstream travel and tour industry has disregarded the Disabled traveler in the past but have been making amazing strides to make travel more disability friendly in the USA. However, overseas is a totally different world for disability travel.
The American Disabilities Act was passed by Congress in 1990 and has dramatically impacted the support and equality needed for people with disabilities for travel and employment. Nearly a quarter of US citizens are disabled, according to a recent study. Additionally, that number escalates to almost half of residents over the age of 65, making the ADA essential in establishing safe and enjoyable travels.
Here at Condor Tours & Travel, we have recently met the requirements for being a licensed travel agent for the disabled. What does this mean? It means we have the skill and know-how to create trips that are accessible for all. We are certified “Accessible Travel Advocates”.

Before we plan your next big adventure, we suggest you take a moment to review these tips:
• Discuss Your Travel with Your Doctor. Schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss your travel plans. Your doctor will help you prepare with additional medications, mobility recommendations, and recommend possible physicians in your travel areas if needed. Be prepared if they suggest avoiding travel at this time due to the level of challenges you may be facing.
• Discuss Your Disability Needs During Scheduling. Always plan your travel with the airlines, hotels, buses, travel guides, & other transportation or housing in advance with an open discussion about your disability needs. Some of the adjustments needed for a person with a disability can take a little extra time, so definitely include that in your planning. Make sure that your description of your needs is clear and well explained, as many people do not know all of the “lingoes.” Also, call 24 to 48 hours before the trip to verify the requested arrangements.
• Consider Coordinating with a Travel Agent. Receiving assistance from a focused travel agent can help you find the accommodations required for your disability needs and plan your best travel experience.
• Travel with Extra Medications and Tools. It is recommended you travel with double the necessary medications in case of an emergency so that your essentials meds are always on hand. Also, do not pack your medicine in the suitcases. Always keep them on hand in your carry-on bags. Tools and spare parts will help you keep going if your mobility equipment has a minor break-down during your vacation.
• Travel with Medical Alert & Doctor Contact Information. Traveling with easy to find medical alerts will assist any physician in treating you properly during an emergency. Also, bring your physician’s description of your disability and medical needs with you. Make sure it is on professional letterhead with their contact info to help you receive quick, proper care if needed.
• Know Your Disability Rights. By knowing what the rules are for TSA and how the process works to get through security for people with a disability allows you to have a smoother trip.
When you coordinate a stunning tour with Condor Tours & Travel, we will schedule your adventure with your needs and limitations in mind. Contact us today to set up your future vacation with a tour of your choice and explore the world! We can be reached via phone at 77-339-9961 or email at info@condortoursandtravel.com

Why a Spring Break Cruise May be the Answer to Your Kids Problems

Spring Break Cruise to the Caribbean

Admit it. Your student spends most of her time with a phone in her hands or a laptop at her fingertips. If you’re lucky, you may catch her flipping through an actual old-school text book. Her day is filled with screens, papers and projects. Friendships have been reduced to social media feeds filled with emojis and movie clips. Actual face-to-face conversations have become more and more rare. Shouldn’t school be about exploring and learning? Wasn’t the college experience meant to be so much more?

Classes and schedules can be overwhelming leaving your student so busy they don’t have time for anything else, even real friendships. They have no extra time or energy, and if they do, it’s probably spent scrolling through social media on their phone. It makes quality friendships nearly impossible. Beyond the degree, college as well as high school is the time when you are supposed to make friends for life, create lasting memories, and learn how to actually socialize so you are better prepared for the work environment.

Millennials and Gen Z’s want real connection. They just don’t know how to go about creating it. Grades are important and may get your student through college, but almost every job in the world requires that you be able to communicate and socialize well. Employers have noticed that millennials who are entering the workforce are already having trouble communicating. Later generations are likely to face this problem to an even greater degree.

A Truly Social Connection

A spring break cruise may just be what your student needs. Spring break offers the opportunity to disconnect from their busy schedules and do some real socializing. How about a seven-day Caribbean cruise on the Symphony of the Seas? It’s the perfect balance between adventure, relaxation, and quality socialization. A cruise gives your student the time and atmosphere to unplug and create memories they’re never going to forget. It’s not only a gift for them but also a gift for you. Wouldn’t you like your student to learn how to socialize instead of being trapped in his or her phone?

In addition to their desire for true connection, Millennials and Gen Z’s are on the search for new experiences. The more activities for them to partake in the more likely they are to set their phone aside and make some real memories. On the Symphony of the Seas, there is a little something for everyone no matter what their interest. It may even stretch your son or daughter beyond his or her normal limits, making them a more well-rounded person.

From Ziplines to Sushi to Broadway

On the cruise, they have the opportunity to experience fine art in new ways. They can discover a live orchestra, Broadway plays, ice skating shows, aqua theater, live bands, and more. They may also come back with an expanded food palate. It’s no secret that Millennials and Gen Z’s are foodies. They love to experience new cuisines. There are no limits with pizza, seafood, and imaginative cuisine prepared by master chefs, many ways to experience new foods. There is plenty of opportunities for your student to unwind and have some fun with laser tag, giant water slides, sports courts, karaoke, a zipline, an arcade, mini-golf, and ice skating just to name a few. Those who are a little more adventurous may want to participate in the Latin dance classes, cupcake making, jewelry making, fitness classes, or sushi-making experiences.

A Spring Break Cure

Buying a cruise for you son or daughter not only makes them feel loved, but it also shows you acknowledge the hard work they’re putting into school. No breaks create burn out. A cruise is just the thing your student needs to come back refreshed and ready to work. Talk about winning the best parent of the year award! Not only will your kid love the vacation, but it will benefit their overall character, college experience, and social skills. Set your student up for her best future with a seven night Caribbean cruise.

If you would like more info about the Spring Break Cruise on the Smyphony of the Seas or any other spring breaktrip contact Condor Tours & Travel at info@condortoursandtravel.com or call us 770-339-9961.