By K W Warburton, The Reluctant Spoonie

Getting out of the house when you live with a chronic illness is hard. If you have to rely on public transport to get about, it can make things even more difficult. As a general rule, I avoid travelling at peak times.

Here are a few tips on rail travel for those living in the UK:

1. Book in advance

My main worry when I have to go on a long train journey is getting a seat. Like many young people with a chronic illness, I don’t look sick, but if I stand up for too long, then I will keel over. If you book your tickets in advance, you will get a seat reservation as well, so you don’t have to worry about being without a seat for your journey.

2. Get a ‘Please Offer me a Seat Badge’

These badges are great for all kinds of public transport. They let people know that you need a seat, without you having to ask them. They are free to order and you don’t have to provide any medical info to get one. They are currently only available if you live in London or Manchester, but hopefully, they will be rolled out nationally soon.

3. Disabled Person’s Railcard

This railcard can save you 1/3 off rail travel for you and a friend which is great, as we all know how extortionate rail fares are nowadays. Check your eligibility here.

4. Request Passenger Assist

If you are travelling by yourself and require assistance you can use the passenger assist service for your train company. You will need to book this in advance as they may not be able to accommodate you on the day of travel. Find out more here.

What are your best tips for rail travel? Let me know in the comments!

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