Traveling is a great way for everyone to create memories and grow as a person. Disability should be no barrier. These online resources including travel bloggers, dedicated Facebook groups and travel guides give great insights into accessible holiday destinations, but also inspire you to go beyond your comfort zone. 

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“Travelling isn’t always about the destination but the mishaps and memories you create along the way!” - Penelope Riley

Lonely Planet’s Accessible Travel Online Resources

Website: media.lonelyplanet.com/shop/media/accessible-travel-online-resources-2017-2.pdf

IDEAS Board member and newly appointed Chair, Martin Heng, leads a double life as Accessible Travel Manager for Lonely Planet. As part of this role, he collates Lonely Planet’s Accessible Travel Online Resources guide which is a free downloadable pdf. It is updated twice a year and contains a wealth of information and links to government websites, non-governmentorganisations(NGOs) and private businesses, personal travel blogs, and general resources. It is a great place to start exploring the world around you and to assist you in planning your next epic travel adventure!

Incredible Accessible

Website: www.incredibleaccessible.com

Jeanne Allen is an American travel blogger. She’s had multiple sclerosis for over 30 years. The progressive disease has meant her modes of transport have changed from a cane to a motorised wheelchair. Her disability hasn’t stopped her from traveling, it has just changed how she gets to a destination.

She shares her extensive travel research through her blog, Incredible Accessible. The majority of her posts are based in California in the USA but she provides great insights and resources on traveling with a wheelchair.

Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Website: www.havewheelchairwilltravel.net

This is a family who shares their travels, tips, and experiences. They are a Sydney based family who goes on holiday with their son BJ, who is 22. He has cerebral palsy and is non-verbal. They share their experiences traveling as a family. The aim of their blog and website is to provide tips on places they have found accommodating, wheelchair friendly and accessible travels. There is an extensive list of tips on car hire, travel insurance, wheelchair tips, airlines and things to know before you travel.

Curb Free with Cory Lee

Website: www.curbfreewithcorylee.com

Cory Lee Woodard maintains this entertaining and informative blog which focuses on sharing her own travels as a wheelchair user. Cory Lee shares insights and travel tips as well as information regarding the accessibility of tourist destinations and activities. This blog won the Lowell Thomas Award for Best Travel Blog in 2017 and has been featured on the Travel Channel, CBS, and Lonely Planet.

Simply Emma

Website: www.simplyemma.co.uk

Simply Emma is a Scottish blogger based in the UK. The leading travel and disability blog focused on accessible travel and life experiences from a wheelchair user’s perspective. The Simply Emma blog was created to encourage others to travel more and make new discoveries. The blog combines personal stories, accessible travel guides, accommodation reviews, live event reviews, travel tips, and resources.

Accessible Travel Club

URL: www.facebook.com/groups/AccessibleTravelClub/

The Accessible Travel Club is a moderated specialised interest Facebook group where members can ask and share answers about accessible travel anywhere in the world. There are currently over 3000 members, including industry insiders as well as experienced travelers with lived experience of traveling with a disability.

Information sourced from Lonely Planet, Incredible Accessible Blog, Have Wheelchair Will Travel, Curb Free with Cory Lee, Simply Emma and Facebook.