This one would probably not be seen as of importance to the so called professionals surrounding disability, but its something that has come to my mind recently.
I am working and being paid at a clerical level. My partner is not currently working but has been until recently. I have other colleagues who, taking family commitments into account, are probably on a similar level of income to ourselves.
Its summer and they’re all thinking of holidays. A lot of my colleagues are going on holiday at a reasonably low cost. Staying in caravans or cheap holiday accommodation and self catering.
As a blind couple, this just simply isn’t an option. It very often requires the use of a car to get to this type of accommodation which invariably is situated away from town centres and transport links. Cars are also necessary to then buy food for the time away. Even if the shops are nearby, it takes time and extra stress to locate them and buy what you need.
Then there’s the issue of visiting places of interest whilst away. Again a car is probably needed to get to them.
There are of course tailor made holiday packages for visually impaired people, as well as specialist hotels that cater for our needs. However, these come at a price which for those of us on a modest income just isn’t an option.
I work hard all year and I’m not ashamed to say that I feel I deserve a holiday. I’m fortunate this year as I have four nights in a hotel coming up this weekend, but this is because I complained so vehemently about the service the last time we stayed there, that I’ve been given some complementary accommodation. Then at the end of August, we have a week staying with family and friends. It’ll be lovely and I’m very much looking forward to it, but its not the same as just taking off and doing exactly what we want to do, when we want to do it.
Oh well, keep buying those lottery tickets!