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Oh I forgot another disadvantage to being disabled, we have to pay a lot more for our insurance because we are high risk. My sister has paid £15, mine is £295

The more tablets your on it goes up, I'm on 25 per day now, pre transplant it was 58 per day. Plus if you've ever been or are on oxygen it adds another £90. Oxygen abroad has to be paid for & organised by the user. When I was on it I just took my own concentrator, we went from uk that year, so husband just wheeled it onto the ship. Plus I was only on it overnight then, not 24/7 like I was pre tx.

 

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Many of the contributors on the Rome Tripadvisor Forum are Americans and as far as I understand in the US disabled people don't get the concessions that we get within the EU.

 

I travel a lot and visit lots of museums in the E U and have never been refused disabled concessions ( including Rome). I take a copy of my Blue Badge and DWP letter, but have never been asked to show it. LSt time I was in Rome we visited the Galleria Borghese and had the disabled concession. Staff were excellent and took us up in a separate lift before all the other visitors.

 

We also went to the top of the Vittorio Emmanuele monument, which was FOC and again, were taken on a separate lift.

 

Personally, I find France the best EU country for disabled concessions, but we were also treated very well in Berlin last November.

 

I wouldn't worry about it as it will all be OK, especially as you have the letter from your GP.

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Thanks for all your info LondonTowner, you obviously don't let your disability stop you doing things, I am very much like that myself. Holidays are very important when your day to day life is done round hospital visits etc.

 

Pre transplant we travelled all over America & I always thought they had very good disabled things, obviously I don't know about their benefit problems etc, but I got their equivalent to our blue badge easily enough whenever we travelled over there, by just taking my own blue badge & showing it & paying I think it was $12 for two weeks. My last trip in 2011 to Disney in florida was excellent, but I was in a wheelchair by then, so very easy to see the disability, but they had separate entrances for the disabled. Not so good at Universal Studios though.

 

I'm on PIP now, as when I had cancer last year they moved me from DLA as they are going to be changing everyone over. But I will take that with me too & my letter from my cf specialist.

 

Are you going away this year ?

 

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Yes, I agree, life is too short to let you stop doing things because you are not so able. Before I had my severe arthritis I used to go lots of places. Years ago I travelled coast to coast in the US on a Greyhound bus on my own. I even went to Hawaii. These days I'm not quite so ambitious, but still enjoy my holidays.

 

I have recently had two weeks in Spain with a friend as OH went to see his daughter in Oz. Next weekend we are taking the car to Champagne. We often go to France as we live in London, so it is easy on Eurotunnel.

 

We also hope to do a cruise later in the year. Last year we went to Iceland, which we really enjoyed. Maybe go back to the Caribbean this year.

 

Enjoy Italy.

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Wow you are a very independent traveller, we did Hawaii in the 80's, loved it but I guess it will have changed lots now. Did you do the blue lagoon when you was in Iceland, so surreal sat in a 40 decree lake surrounded by mountains with snow on them. Would have loved to have seen the northern lights at night whilst sat in there, but we was only there for 1 day on a cruise.

 

Not a huge Caribbean fan, it was back in the early 90's we went, pre internet trawling for you your holidays, so we just did the ships tours, but found that the islands were very much alike & the shops (I'm a shopaholic) were the same in every port. Its probably really different now and of course I'd be researching every inch of the island & we'd be doing our own trips not the ships.

 

Have you every looked at this website http://www.tomsportguides.com/ this guy is so good, he gives details like when you walk down the gang plank which way to turn. Does detailed maps of the ports, tells you how long to walk to points of interest, which bus or train to catch & even offers disabled info for wheelchair users. We print them out & take them along with our ships port info.

 

Long may you continue to get all over the world & hope they keep your arthritis well controlled.

 

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Many of the contributors on the Rome Tripadvisor Forum are Americans and as far as I understand in the US disabled people don't get the concessions that we get within the EU.

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Well I know nothing about Americans being refused concessions in the EU, however we are Canadian and have received all of the concessions in EU countries....and its kind of hard to tells us apart. In fact when in Europe and the UK I spend 2/3rd of the time telling people that I am not an American, I am Canadian.:)

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I didn't mean that Americans got refused concessions. What I meant was that the concessions in North America are not necessarily the same as within the EU but that the contributors on the Rome Forum in Tripadvisor tend to be Americans. However, even if they don't have a disability they often contradict what the actual practicalities are. In some EU countries the rules state you have to have proof of a certain per cent age of disability level.

 

In practice, if you have a disability (particularly one that is obvious) you get the concession.

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Putterdude Glad to hear that you have had no problems when you have been travelling in Europe.

 

lol, when I'm in america I sometimes get asked if I'm from Ireland.

 

Totally off the disabled topic, Which side of Canada are you from, we have only picked an Alaska cruise up in Vancouver, I would love to do the Rockies.

 

I see you are just about to go on your next cruise. Have you been to Russia before. If not Its very different to any other port we have been to. We booked a private tour with Red October, a mini bus for just our family. Was excellent & definitely better than the cruise ships. The port is very industrial & you cant just wonder round, they have a customs control tent as you get off. You will enjoy it, the churches are amazing, as is there way of life. Didnt like that we couldnt go off shopping though, she took us to a mini off licence shop, husband was happy as he got his russian vodka.

 

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We have also done a Baltic cruise, which we loved. We did a tour with Alla Tours which was excellent. The only bit I couldn't manage was the trip on the subway.

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LondonTowner, we did enjoy the tour round Russia, but our guide wouldnt take us down into the subways, she said it was just full of pickpockets, not that we hadnt already seen them at the Hermitage museum, did you go there. I really wanted to see the chandeliers as I understand they are so beautiful.

 

Was you amazed at the living conditions they live in, just row after row of high rise blocks, very dark & dismal. Lots of people were getting married and were down at the river, we did a boat tour, reminded me of Venice.

 

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Well I know nothing about Americans being refused concessions in the EU, however we are Canadian and have received all of the concessions in EU countries....and its kind of hard to tells us apart. In fact when in Europe and the UK I spend 2/3rd of the time telling people that I am not an American, I am Canadian.:)

 

LOL, when we go to Europe we always get mistaken for Canadians! This is probably because we live about 30 miles from the Canadian border and have the same accent.

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Putterdude Glad to hear that you have had no problems when you have been travelling in Europe.

 

lol, when I'm in america I sometimes get asked if I'm from Ireland.

 

Totally off the disabled topic, Which side of Canada are you from, we have only picked an Alaska cruise up in Vancouver, I would love to do the Rockies.

 

I see you are just about to go on your next cruise. Have you been to Russia before. If not Its very different to any other port we have been to. We booked a private tour with Red October, a mini bus for just our family. Was excellent & definitely better than the cruise ships. The port is very industrial & you cant just wonder round, they have a customs control tent as you get off. You will enjoy it, the churches are amazing, as is there way of life. Didnt like that we couldnt go off shopping though, she took us to a mini off licence shop, husband was happy as he got his russian vodka.

 

:):):)

 

I was born and lived in Vancouver all my life, however 12 years ago when Dudette and I retired we moved about an hour up the coast from Vancouver to a little seaside village. Our summer sport is watching the cruise ships sailing to Alasks...but I confess we don't get up at 4:30 am to see them sail by southbound.

 

The Canadian Rockies are pretty special, I still marvel at them. Something like the Rocky Mountaineer railway trip may be perfect for you but driving is a lot of fun as wee.

 

Yes, we are sitting at YVR right now waiting for a Lufthansa flight. We are going to be at least 3 hrs late as the aircraft outbound had to return to MUC as a result of a medical emergency. This is our first time to the Baltics, just getting something else off the bucket list.

 

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Yes, I loved The Hermitage as I like art. I quite often go to exhibitions in London. We visited in September 2013 and since then the Faberge Museum has opened which I would love to see.

 

We saw lots of wedding couples at the Peterhof having their photos taken, which is apparently a usual place to go for the photos. Yes, a lot of their buildings are very dismal. I also thought everybody looked very dour, but I still thought it is a beautiful city.

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I don't think I got the wrong end of the stick I got the impression that pkay finds it unfair that disabled people get concessions in museums. I like the signs over disabled parking bays in France which state 'if you want to take my space, take my disability too'.

 

For the record, I was trying to make an informed opinion. I do understand that some of those with disabilities do have it much harder than those of us without -- and even some with disabilities.

 

I do think it's unfair to offer free admission to places for the disabled. It's a luxury. There are many people that cannot afford to go on vacation and into certain museums, et cetera that are not disabled. They just do not make a lot of money. I have absolutely no problem with making places easily accessible for those with disabilities -- I even think it's fair to offer free admittance for a person who's acting as caregiver for the person with disabilities -- provided that person is acting as a caregiver and not another vacationer.

 

I will agree to disagree with the premise, though. As I said, I was just trying to gather information in order to have an informed opinion.

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Maybe you would change your point of view if you had to cope with a disability every day of your life. The museum concessions are not necessarily being used for people on holiday, they are also available for local residents with disabilities. I hope you won't have any cause to have to take advantage of them.

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One thing that hasn't been mentioned is that many people with disabilities are more isolated from society... so the idea I think comes from(in Ontario offering 50% discount admission to campgrounds/free fishing permits/sometimes free parking) is that it helps to allow them to enjoy the things that able bodied can do without such limitations, integrating them as part of a compassionate caring society.

 

Secondly, from an economic standpoint there are usually higher costs that they incur, just to travel, compared to able bodied.

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