Travel with a Disability

Photo Credit: Nascar Hall of Fame, Charlotte

People with disabilities, like me, may be worried that travel will be too challenging. After many trips while using a mobility scooter and the diagnosis of multiple chronic illnesses, I can say wholeheartedly that travel is not only exciting, it is one way to forget about your medical condition for a while.

1. Travel for people with disabilities is empowering.

You realize that man-made boundaries meant to keep us away can be overcome with ingenuity and resilience. No handicapped entrance in a museum in China? Get a bunch of people to lift that wheelchair with you in it! Can’t open the restroom door on a cruise ship? Bang on it until someone comes over to help. But, keep in mind that a smile does more good than anger.

2. Travel gets you out of your routine.

Stay in your house most of the time? Get out and see the sights instead. Meet new people in a local restaurant, in your hotel lobby, and in the airplane. Try anything new – Stay up all night watching the stars in Hawaii, where you can actually see them. Eat dessert for dinner. Get in the photos instead of taking them.

3.Travel for people with disabilities helps you feel “normal”.

A horrible word, but one with so much meaning. When you go on vacation you can send postcards, post photos to Instagram, tell long stories to your family secretly hoping that you’re boring them. You know, the normal stuff.

4. Travel gets you interested in other things.

As you watch the scenery pass during a road trip, painting it may come to mind. Staying in an eco-friendly place where birds, animals and insects abound may entice you to become a bird watcher. Collecting stamps may be the outcome of traveling internationally.

5. Travel with a disability helps you become an expert…

…so that you can share your experiences with others. You can be an example to them. And, who knows, you may create a travel group, website or write a book.

Whatever type of disability you have, give travel a try. You won’t be sorry.

Let me know how travel with a disability has effected your life.