wheelchair bound prepare holiday travelCan you believe the holiday season is just around the corner?  In many ways, this year will be better than last year. Traditional Christmas and Thanksgiving Day festivities were put on hold for families across western North Carolina last year. .

Instead, many people held modest gatherings with only the folks who lived with them. They made difficult decisions for the sake of safety and in the hopes of just deferring the gatherings for a year.

Finally, the long year is coming to an end. Although we aren't out of the woods yet, it appears that travel is more feasible than it was a year ago. Some families will make up for the missing time by spending the holidays traveling across the world.

When you're a senior or use a wheelchair, travel becomes much more difficult, especially when you're also trying to avoid becoming sick during the holidays. Loyal Lifts Transportation is here to help. 

How to Travel With Your Wheelchair During the Holidays in Asheville

If you are in the Asheville area, Loyal Lifts Transportation can help you get to and from the airport, your hotel, and wherever else you need to go. People come to our area for many reasons, including:

  • Seeing the beautiful mountains that surround Buncombe County. 
  • Touring the hundreds of art galleries throughout the area. 
  • Visiting the Biltmore Estate and touring the grounds. 
  • Eating at the amazing, world-class restaurants. 
  • Shopping at premier areas like the Asheville Outlets. 
  • Visiting family in western North Carolina. 

Some tips for getting to western North Carolina include:

1) Check the Weather

One of the difficulties of traveling around Asheville in the winter is that, depending on elevation, conditions might change considerably throughout the day. The key is to keep an eye on the weather.

2) Avoid the Busiest Travel Days

Fortunately, the busiest travel days around the holidays are usually predictable:

  • Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving
  • Thanksgiving weekend (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Black Friday isn't always the worst, although it may be difficult in shopping malls.
  • Saturday prior to Christmas
  • Saturday and Sunday following Christmas

3) Give Yourself Plenty of Time at the Airport

Arrive at least an hour early for domestic flights and nearly two hours early for international flights. Add thirty to forty-five minutes to those schedules for elderly and wheelchair users, to account for navigating a possibly packed airport.

4) Book Your Asheville-Area Transportation With Loyal Lifts

Choosing wheelchair shuttles over trying to drive is one of the most critical actions you can take to ensure safe travel throughout the winter and the holiday season. Throughout Asheville and western North Carolina, Loyal Lifts Transportation provides elderly and wheelchair-accessible shuttle services.

Contact Loyal Lifts today if you want safe and reliable wheelchair-accessible transportation in Asheville during the holiday season. 

If you know someone who would benefit from our shuttle services, please contact us or fill out the form on our website to help them have a great ride.