Is taking a holiday one of your bucket list items? Maybe it is even one of your NDIS goals!
Travelling to a new place can be exciting, inspiring and fun. However, planning for a trip can be challenging, especially if you’re not sure where to start.
That’s why we’re excited to put the spotlight on UnitingCare’s Beyond Borders Travel program. Their life-enriching holidays are designed for people with disability and the pre-planned itineraries take the hassle out of holiday preparation so you can focus on having fun!
Holiday options include beautiful beach escapes like Noosa, Queensland or Hobbit-inspired adventures to New Zealand’s North and South Islands. If you’re interested in getting out to some of the major events around Australia you’ll find trips to music festivals, sport matches and cultural events too.
If none of the group holidays interest you, Beyond Borders Travel can tailor a holiday just for you.
Have fun and make friends on holiday!
Travelling in a group is a great way to make new friends while you explore your holiday destination. Travel group size is typically limited to twelve people, which allows everyone to take in the sights at their own pace and experience more of the local culture. Having a small group means you can be more spontaneous than a larger group and you get to discover more places off the beaten track.
Be inspired and empowered.
The group travel experience offers a safe environment to try new things and challenge yourself. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet new people while you explore.
One Beyond Borders traveller, Claire, had such a positive experience on her trip that it inspired her to make a big life change. After holidaying with other people with disability, Claire made the decision to move out of her family home to live with people her own age.
Accessible, all-inclusive and stress-free.
Beyond Borders Travel travel experts do all the research in advance to make sure your hotels, restaurants and activities will suit your ability level and interest.
Plus, there are dedicated support people to help along the way.
The all-inclusive travel packages include accommodation, transport, meals, the activities listed in the itinerary and support staff.
Can you use your NDIS budget to achieve your travel goals?
If you’ve caught the travel bug but aren’t sure what your NDIS Plan covers, keep in mind that the ‘reasonable and necessary’ test always applies. Any purchases made with your NDIS Plan must be directly related to your disability.
The NDIS does not usually cover the cost of the holiday itself, including airfares or train fares, accommodation, food and entry to attractions as these are costs that everyone has to pay.
The NDIS may fund supports you need while you’re away such as a support worker to accompany you or additional costs you incur because of your disability, such as an accessible hotel room.
Tips for a stress-free trip.
Travel has changed in some ways over the past few years. Here are some tips from Beyond Borders Travel to help avoid any delay or disappointment:
- If you’re travelling internationally you will need a passport. Allow plenty of time if you need a new passport. Every country has different vaccination requirements so check if you need proof of vaccination.
- Allow extra time when travelling by air. Airports continue to face staffing issues which can create long lines at check-in and security.
- Travel insurance is compulsory for international trips with Beyond Borders. However, you may also consider purchasing insurance for domestic trips.
If you’re looking for more travel inspiration read about the Boys’ Camping Escape.