Cocky Guides lead blind & low vision travellers to destinations all around Australia. During 2020 they led COVID-safe group tours to destinations as diverse as Lightning Ridge in Outback NSW & Cradle Mountain in Tasmania’s Central Highlands. Cocky Guides suggests these three simple tips when planning your next trip.
1. Be flexible
Changes to border rules & restrictions have dented confidence in travel. When planning for your trip, it’s essential to consider your flexibility around dates & places you’d like to visit. Being flexible allows you to have options when things change. Make sure when you book a tour, accommodation or activity, the provider is also flexible. Cocky Guides has close relationships with accommodation & activity providers, enabling no-deposit tour reservations.
2. Take control
Planning a trip & have fixed travel dates? It would be best if you considered holidaying within your home state. Regional areas are a great option as there is more certainty over your trip not being disrupted by border changes. Going regional not only gives you a chance to check out some unique places in your own backyard, but it also plays a big part in boosting the economy in regional areas.
3. Tailored tours
Have you considered creating your own unique adventure? Tailored tours are a safe & popular way of travelling with friends & family. Cocky Guides can tailor trips for groups – where you choose the destination & departure date. This is a great option for all levels of fitness, age & ability.
Tales from a traveller
Sharon, a deafblind traveller from Sydney’s Seven Hills, recently returned from a trip to Tasmania with Cocky Guides – here is what she had to say about the experience.
‘It’s easy & inclusive! I found we visited less crowded places & this helped me feel confident that I was doing the right thing regarding social distancing. Tasmania was accessible with wide-open space & clean air. I loved Cataract Gorge & Cradle Mountain. We had VIP treatment everywhere, & I particularly enjoyed riding with the Captain onboard World Heritage Cruises on the Gordon River & Platypus House, where we got to hang out with the echidnas!’
Know a blind or low vision traveller? Visit www.cockyguides.com.au, where you can search upcoming tours and subscribe to a regular newsletter. Alternatively, you can call 1300 657 640.
This feature first appeared in Travel Without Limits magazine. You can subscribe here.