You should tell travel companies in advance about any needs you have that could affect your travels. This includes travel agents, airlines, ferry companies and tour operators. You should ideally talk to them before you book the trip to make sure the right support will be available.
You could tell them about:
- any problems you have moving around
- whether you need a wheelchair
- equipment or medications you need to take with you
- help or support you might need at different points in the trip
- whether you will be travelling with a companion
- whether it would be helpful to sit in an aisle seat, for example if you have bowel or bladder problems
- your dietary needs.
You should try to tell them as much as possible about how cancer affects you personally. This will help them understand what support you may need at different times in your trip.
The Association of British Travel Agents has a checklist for disabled and less mobile travellers. If you have problems moving around, you could complete this checklist and give it to travel companies, to help them understand your needs.
Most travel companies have a medical officer. This person can help you decide whether it is safe and practical for you to travel. The medical officer can be contacted before you leave and can help you plan your journey. They can also be contacted during the trip.
In some cases, companies may ask questions about your condition to see if you are fit to travel. They may ask you for a letter from your doctor. We have more information about getting a doctor’s letter and speaking to your healthcare team before you travel.