Top tips for planning a short break

Sunshine got you in the holiday mood? We can all benefit from getting away for a few days of rest and relaxation. But sometimes our MS symptoms can make us worry about how we’ll manage away from home. With a little planning, a short break can be a lovely escape. These are our top tips for a hassle-free getaway.

1. Choose your location

Where do you want to go? Do you want to take a break in the UK, or further afield? There are different things to think about depending on your destination.

2. Check your passport

If you’re thinking of going abroad, the first thing to think about is passports. It can take up to three months for your passport to arrive if you don’t already have one. Some countries insist on travellers having a passport that’s valid for at least three to six months after your date of travel. You can find out how apply for a passport, or renew one, at

3. Set your budget

How much do you have to spend? Costs include transport, accommodation and food as well as things like car hire, insurance and renting any equipment you need. Make a budget before you begin to plan your break – this will help you get the best from your time away. If you’re on a limited budget, or if a break looks out of reach financially, we have a grants scheme.

4. Think accessibility

MS may mean that you need a bit more support when travelling. This can include accessible rooms, roll in showers, equipment hire and in-airport assistance.

Our booklet, Short Breaks: a guide to holidays, short breaks and respite, contains information on all aspects of arranging a short break. This includes examples and ideas, equipment hire, financial assistance, transport and directories for accessible accommodation.

5. Make a call

Many hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation providers are able to offer a good level of accessibility, providing things like wet room/walk in shower facilities, although they may not always advertise it on their websites or brochures. It’s worth asking the question if you have a favourite or discover one that appeals to you.

6. Use our Short Breaks Service

Still need a little help? Our Short Breaks Service can help you plan a break in the UK or abroad, or look for residential or respite care. Call our MS Helpline on 0808 800 8000 and ask to speak to our Information Officer – Short Breaks.

>> Read our short breaks guide

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