Tips for allergy sufferers looking to plan fall vacations
From the brilliant foliage in New England to the warm beaches in Florida and California, the fall season provides travelers with a host of options in the United States alone. However, families looking to book an extended getaway during the coming months may need to take special precautions for those who suffer from allergies, as the season is expected by many allergy specialists to be one of the worst on record.
To begin, families can look for places to stay that feature special lodging spaces for these travelers. Due to provisions set forth by the American Hotel and Lodging Association, around 40 percent of the nation's hotels now observe allergy-friendly practices.
According to travel expert Peter Greenberg, major chain hotels such as the Hilton, Fairmont, Four Seasons and the Hyatt all contain rooms with special accommodations for allergy sufferers. These can include everything from special pillows to air filtration systems that aim to limit the presence of dust mites and other irritants.
If one of these rooms can't be reserved, concerned parents should speak to the front desk of the hotel prior to arrival. They may be able to secure additional cleaning for the room.
Travel experts also recommend that moms and dads come prepared with any medical supplies they may need such as an inhaler or antihistamines. It may also be prudent to research pharmacies or hospitals in the area near the hotel and resort, just in case any of these provisions end up in lost luggage.
In addition, families with members suffering from seasonal allergies may want to gear their itineraries toward indoor activities. While enjoying the outdoors is part of any vacation, limiting this activity to set number of hours a day could help those showing particularly acute systems at destinations.