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In this blog I will be talking about travelling as a stroke survivor. I will talk about about how you can endeavour to get back to, or how you can begin your travels as a stroke survivor without overdoing it energy wise.

Here is a list of cognitive and physical limitations that affect stroke survivors that you need to take into account when considering travel:

Physical limitations: Stroke survivors may experience weakness, paralysis, or difficulty with balance and coordination, which can make it challenging to navigate airports, train stations, or unfamiliar environments.
Fatigue: Stroke survivors may tire (from my experience all stroke survivors I have met do, and I’m sure you do too). This can make long journeys exhausting and may require frequent breaks or rest periods.
Cognitive impairments: Some stroke survivors may experience memory loss, difficulty with decision making-making or problems with attention and concentration, which can make it harder to navigate new environments or follow travel plans.
Communication difficulties: Aphasia or other language impairments may make it challenging for stroke survivors to communicate with travel staff or fellow travellers, especially in foreign countries where language barriers may exist.
Accessibility: Not all travel destinations, accommodations or modes of transportation are equipped to accommodate individuals with mobility impairments, which can limit options for stroke survivors.
Medication management: Stroke survivors may need to take medication regularly, and travelling can disrupt medication schedules or access to necessary medications.
Emotional challenges: Travelling can be stressful, and stroke survivors may experience anxiety or fear related to their health, safety, or ability to manage in unfamiliar surroundings.
Despite these challenges, with careful planning, support from travel companions or caregivers, and accommodation for individual needs, many stroke survivors are able to enjoy fulfilling travel experiences.
There are quite a few limiting factors for stroke survivors when it comes to travelling.

If you have completed reading this, you may be thinking that travelling is not even worth trying. The risk of failing is just too high.. There is a high risk, however if you pull it off correctly it truly can become the best experience of your life. I can not recommend travelling enough. Travelling brings such a high level of joy and reward. I am certain you have been through enough difficulties in your life by now. Don’t you think it is about time that you start enjoying yourself truly and deeply? With the right  guidance, you can learn how to deeply enjoy your post stroke life. At first it may feel scary to seek guidance, yet I can guarantee you you’ll be glad you did.