It can be difficult to grow if we’re cooped in the same places we’ve always been. Boredom is a bitter enemy, and when it sets upon us, sights become too predictable, situations which once engaged us dry up and stale; obstacles shed their challenge. Travel is boredom’s remedy. When we alter our exposure, our self-image is given the stimulus it needs to develop into something a bit more interesting. It doesn’t matter how near or far you go, because travel is more than just aimless movement or a simple escape. Travel is not running somewhere. No, travel is pure arrival, constant and fresh; here, there, and everywhere in between.
I have an entire website dedicated to the hobby. I love traveling, if you can’t tell. And, I believe that absolutely everyone should be able to roam the globe, or their local surroundings, to their hearts content. This can be tricky for people with limited mobility or other disabilities, whose trips require additional considerations. However, as many whom I’ve met on my journeys can confirm, traveling with a disability is anything but impossible, thanks in part to numerous resources available online designed to streamline travel prep and ensure all accommodations are met.
1) Flying Wheels Travel – A travel agency for people with “physical disabilities, chronic illness or difficulty walking.” Founded by quadriplegic Judd Jacobson and his wife Barbara, Flying Wheels is devoted to providing everyone the trips and experiences they’ve been craving. They host tours, organize cruises, and offer companionship services for care-seeking individuals looking to travel independently.
2) New Directions – New Directions has hosted adventures for more than 12,000 people with developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy, Down’s Syndrome, and autism. Trips are pre-planned to account for needs and a range of national and global destinations are offered every year.
3) AXS Map – Jason da Silva realized how difficult it can be for people with limited mobility to find accessible locations after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2006. To ease the movements of people with limited mobility, Jason developed an app called AXS Map, which uses Google Maps to easily locate accessible stores, restaurants, hotels and more.
4) Hammer Travels – Obtaining the right medications on time can sometimes be an issue for disabled travelers, especially when considering time zone differences. Hammer Travel offers comprehensive staffing for individual and group excursions. In addition to numerous pre-catered trips, Hammer Travels also provides the option of a customized trip, complete with assistance staff as needed.
5) Mobility International (USA) – For those looking to travel on a long-term or exchange basis, mobility international will help you locate your ideal experience. Their site also offers a compendium of resources for assisting disabled students in locating scholarships, grants, and other funding options for education, service, and travel opportunities abroad.
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