Here’s a great story from the Guardian about how being deaf can help when traveling especially to other countries.
When I flew alone on Southwest Airlines, I went to the check in desk and let the staff know that I was deaf and would need notification when to board. Without a beat, she said I should board first and would let me know.
Nice getting a seat up front so I could exit the plane faster.
I haven’t had the pleasure of traveling to other countries besides Mexico and the Caribbean. The thought makes me a little nervous as English in foreign accents doesn’t come easy for me as a lipreader. Maybe it’ll go better like the article says.