Aphasia Cafe Recap: Travel Tips
The last Aphasia Cafe chat occurred on October 23rd. We got together to talk about travel. Some people gave fantastic tips––such as researching things ahead of time using Google street view to paying attention to the weather. (The cooler temperatures in fall may make travel easier than high temperatures in summer.) Other people talked about places they want to go to in the future, such as Iceland.
Trish provided many great tips (see below), and also sent along a link to a great article giving tips on restaurants. The NAA also has an article about traveling with aphasia.
The bi-weekly (as in, every two weeks) chat is a great place to check in with fellow people with aphasia, caregivers, or people who work with aphasia. It’s an aphasia-friendly space where you can take your time, meet other people with aphasia, and talk about whatever is on your mind.
The next chat will take place on November 6th at noon (Eastern Standard Time), and we will be discussing your favourite word games. You need to RSVP in order to get sent the link to join the video chat. Sign up closes on November 4th at 8 am EST.
How Many People Enjoy Traveling?
So how many people enjoy traveling?
For people in that 10.9% “other” category, the answers ranged:
- Both yes and no OR It varies.
- I like to explore new places and visiting people I know and love.
- Don’t have the money.
- I used to love the good part of my job to travel every month for international trips, but for now, I can’t imagine that I will ever take another international trip.
- I get stressed when going to new areas and get lost on my own some times.
We also asked: “On a scale of 1 – 5, how difficult do you find traveling with aphasia? 1 is “much harder than a day at home” and 5 is “no more difficult than life with aphasia at home.”
The Travel Discussion
We had a great discussion about travel tips and places people wanted to go to in the future. Iceland was the big winner!
“Compression sock: reduces swelling and promotes circulation in your lower legs. Try to get there early. Show your aphasia card. You should check your luggage. Ask for a wheelchair (I know, your walking is fine, but it’s a long way to the gate and too many directions.) Write on the whiteboard. Call the TSA 24 hours ahead.” –Trish H.
“I use Evernote to keep track of where I want to go and do. Especially a list of meals to try or that I had.” –Bruce L
“I travel with my husband by car.” –Judy W
“I love to go on vacation during the fall when the weather is cooler.” –Mary E
“Lots of pre-research… ie: maps, available shuttles, etc.” –Kristina L
“I don’t travel alone and usually have someone to help.” –Pamela T
“Take your time!” –Marshall Y
Future Chat Ideas
Have a great idea for a chat topic? We’d love to hear about it. Fill out this form, and we’ll consider your idea for a future chat.
Remember, the next chat is on November 6th at noon (Eastern Standard Time), and we will be discussing your favourite word games. You need to RSVP in order to get sent the link to join the video chat. Sign up closes on November 4th at 8 am EST.
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