Seeking a Travel Companion

I’m planning on going to Indiana in June for a big soccer tournament and I am looking for someone to accompany me. I live in Los Angeles. Do you have any suggestions? I hope to hear from someone. Thank you.

Hi! This is Pinky :woman_genie:, one of the moderators (and travel detectives) on the Forum. I saw your posting and wanted to see if I could be of assistance, but I want to make sure I am understanding what you are looking for.

Are you looking for an Aide who can travel with you? :red_car: Or are you just looking for a new friend to travel with you from L.A. to Indiana? :person_raising_hand:

If it’s the Aide part, I can get you some information on some services in the L.A. area who have traveling Nurses and Aides who could go with you? If it’s the friend for a road trip; all I can offer you is the best of luck and send you my magic travel juju :magic_wand: your way.

Come back though after the trip if you can and let us know how the trip was if you can? I’m sure there are folks on the Forum who would like to know about what your Accessible :wheelchair: trip to Indiana was like. We get questions about every corner of the planet on here,

Just let me know if you need those resources and I will get those collected for you and post them back on here. Happy to be of assistance. :wink:

Start dreaming of Hoosiers. :basketball:

Be Well,
Pinky :vulcan_salute:

Pinky,

Thank you for your reply. I’m looking for an assistant to travel with me to Indiana on June 21-26. If you have resources or know anybody, I would really appreciate it. I hope to hear from you soon.

Hey G.W. (sounds like a powerful character on an 80s TV Drama),

Thank you for your patience while I worked on this one a bit longer. I was originally hoping this would be a bit easier to answer for you, only to be shocked again by another leftover effect of Covid on the world. :globe_with_meridians:

So, lets rip the band-aid :adhesive_bandage: off and get the bad news out of the way. I dug and dug and followed link after link from peoples’ reviews and almost 3/4th of the time, the company’s website was gone, or they were closed for good. It’s funny that it is just starting to hit me now about what they meant about the shortage of people in the medical and caretaking fields. :pleading_face:

Ok, so that’s the bad news… But Pinky always comes with good news if I have to tell you the other stuff. So here is what I found (please be advised I have not worked with any of these companies directly; these were from other peoples reviews and/or listings I found in searches):fairy:

  • Flying Companions - They can escort you for the entire trip. Article about them in NY Times.

  • Travel Aides International - Full service agency and list being “California State Certified Aides” as well. I’m not sure if they mean ‘California Certified Medical Assistant’; or maybe ‘Certified Caregiver’, because I couldn’t find what a ‘Certified Aide’ is for you.

  • TLC Fly - Not 100% sure they do more then flight, but wanted to share with you.

  • First Light Home Care - Help for the entire trip and they have locations based all over the country.

  • Envoyage Travel Companions - Full service agency and escorts.

  • Travel Now Companions (Advisors Hospitality Consulting) - They handle the ‘Works’ for you!

  • Private Travel Companion: Amir Gadnoar - 35 years of experience and a Certified Paramedic

  • Care.com - In case you have never used this service before; wanted to list it so you could explore. Thats a website where you do the hiring from listing and searches; just verify people’s certifications and licenses before hiring for your safety.

This list would have been triple before the lockdown; my apologies. So heartbreaking. I have all 12 fingers :hand_with_index_finger_and_thumb_crossed: :crossed_fingers: crossed though that one of these will work for you. Remember too, this is not an exhaustive list; I am sure there are a lot more companies out there that help with escorted travel, I just was not able to find in my own searching. Did want to advise to stay away from posting for hiring someone from Craigslist :stop_sign:. Not saying everyone on there is bad; but it’s not worth the stress to have to filter out those responses.

Please come back and let us know if you found someone/agency and share with us who (if you don’t mind)? And would love to hear what you think of Indiana? My parents sent me to summer camp there as a kid for a few years and was shocked at how pretty it is (especially in the summer). If you need me to check on anything else for you too, just let me know, it’s my pleasure.

  • Have a great trip. :flight_departure:

  • Keep on traveling everyone; It’s our world too! :wheelchair: :earth_americas:

  • -Russell :kissing_heart:

Hi,

Thank you so much for the resources. I really appreciate it. I have e-mailed all of them tonight. I’ll keep you updated. Thank you.

Gordon.

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I have never done this but have thought about it. People always tell me to look on craigslist or care.com and interview people. Good luck!

Keep us posted with how it goes in finding someone! If it goes well, it could be helpful for others in the future. Best of luck, and let us know of any other questions!