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Travel Tips for the Visually Impaired
A General Overview

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Travel Tips for the Visually Impaired
Part One - A General Overview

By Rochelle Caviness - June 10, 2002

If you have a visual impairment, traveling can have a few extra challenges. However, if you plan ahead and take your sense of humor along on your journey, you may well find that these challenges can add that extra special zest to your trip that makes it truly fun and memorable.

When you pack for your trip, be sure to include your patience and a sense of humor. And, you may want to take along a traveling companion. While traveling along is totally doable, a companion, sighted or otherwise, can immensely add to your pleasure for he or she will provide you with ample opportunities to say, "Oh, did you hear that? Did you see that? Please rub my feet..." In other words, there are added rewards that come when traveling with a companion. Traveling with a sighted companion can be beneficial in that they can help guide you around new environments and handle the paper work, map reading, and in describing the areas you are traveling in. However, for the purpose of this article, I will assume that you are traveling alone, or with a companion that is also visually impaired. In addition, this article is devoted to travel within the US, next month we will cover international travel tips.

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Before you even start planning your vacation, be sure that you are prepared for such a journey. Special Travel Tips:

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