Flying Limitless: Part 2By Ruth Cheesley -
I’m very fortunate to have found a fantastic airport transfer company (Alpha Executive Cars - http://www.alphaexecutive.co.uk) who take me to the airport and pick me up just about every time I travel. I factor this in as a business expense.
Yes, it’s probably three times the price of driving, getting the train or bus, but in my experience with those I am SO exhausted by the time I get to the airport (or arrive home from a long flight), I’d happily have paid more to be met at my door, able to work (or sleep as the case may be!) the whole way with in-car wifi, and be dropped right at the door of the airport/my house.
If you choose to go by train it’s vital you book assistance for the whole route - ditto for bus. National Express are hit and miss in my experience and their hold restrictions are pretty tight for electric wheelchair users.
Be prepared at the other end - wheelchair-friendly transfers almost always need pre-booking and will cost you a bit more. Some will be able to take you ‘on board’ with your chair, others you may need to transfer.
Sitting for SO long!
The biggest problem I have is sitting for so long. I almost always travel premium economy or if I’m able to, business class. Economy simply doesn't give me enough space to sit comfortably (being 6ft has its disadvantages!). I also recently got a Better Back which has made a huge difference, because it gives my lower back and pelvis enough support when I’m sitting (e.g. if I’m working on the flight). http://getbetterback.com/
I have to move regularly and often on longer flights have to get up and stretch, so I try to sit where that is not going to cause people an inconvenience. I do prefer a window seat because I can rest my head against the bulkhead, so sometimes have to make a compromise!