Booking the perfect trip can be stressful, but especially so if you’re travelling with a disability as traditional holiday companies offer precious little by way of information and advice. A good place to start if you’re doing the research yourself is accomable.com, a free website to help find suitable accommodation. It offers 600 listings in 60 countries, and the entries are carefully curated. It’s also worth following its Twitter account (@Accomable), as it posts links to articles and features about accessible locations and other key issues for travellers with special requirements.
Another good site to find venues and attractions is accessadvisr.net. It aims to offer an unbiased view of how accessible certain sights and transport stops are for disabled people. Again, the Twitter feed (@AccessAdvisr) is a gold mine of useful information. Disabilityhorizons.com posts regular podcasts about all things concerned with disabilities, with topics ranging from fashion to sex and politics. There’s a section dedicated to travel, with great advice about mobility aids and features to inspire you to take a hassle-free trip.
If you want real inspiration and perhaps the confidence to get out and see the world, there are lots of great bloggers with disabilities who write about travel. Sian Wootton, an ME sufferer who describes herself as ‘Trying to live my life the best that I can and keep the ME in ME’, has a great blog: howtodealwithme.blogspot.co.uk. Her section on travel tips is a great read.
Another blog of note, jayonlife.com, is written by a Nigerian-born woman who suffers from polio. She writes about travelling with her disability in such a heart-warming and engaging way it’s impossible not to smile as you read. Her Twitter account (@herroyalj) has lots of uplifting and positive posts about accessible travel experiences.
Published in the November 2016 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)