The travel industry is rapidly recognizing the value of serving the 20% of the world's population with disabilities. Travel more than anything else, is pushing many countries to improve accessibility not only in structures and transportation, but politically. However, for wheelchair users, especially those unable to transfer themselves, a comfortable inclusive vacation is still elusive or minimally requires extensive planning and research. Broadened Horizons will highlight a few unique all-inclusive packages to destinations worldwide where specific partner-providers have gone out of the way to offer an incredibly inclusive experience. The most challenging yet often overlooked issues will be completely addressed for each listing including power-wheelchair friendly ground transportation, ceiling lifts (if available), and recreation/tourism opportunities since Broadened Horizons understands it is not just about getting there and staying in the hotel, but experiencing all the destination has to offer!
In addition to the growing list of unique locations below, please also visit our Travel Resources page
I will be adding extensively to this section with some of my travel tips for wheelchair users. The Comfort Carrier makes flying easier, more comfortable, less intimidating, and safer. By following some simple rules you can even feel fairly confident your wheelchair will arrived in one piece because we all know the airlines do not only break guitars!
Airlines break more than Wheelchairs
Check the dimensions of the cargo door to ensure your wheelchair can remain in me up bright position when loaded. It then gets strapped down just like you would do in your Van and remains relatively secure. Many damages occur when wheelchair does not fit to cargo door and must be tipped on its side or otherwise disassembled. Then upon arrival different staff who have never seen that wheelchair or how it was disassembled must try to figure out how to reassemble. This leads to many problems people have encountered. Also any parts that are removable should be removed and stored in the overhead bin. Adaptive technologies take priority over all other luggage, even other passengers carry-on luggage.
The following disabled friendly travel internet resources provide a wealth of information on the organizations and companies who cater to the needs of mobility challenged individuals.
Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality (SATH)
Founded in 1976, SATH is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the needs of all travelers with disabilities, remove physical and attitudinal barriers to free access, and expand travel opportunities. sath.org
Access-able Travel Source
Dedicated to mature and disabled travelers 1995, Access-able provides information on disability magazines, how to travel with special needs, guides for cities, resorts and attractions, and where to find wheelchair and scooter rentals when you are on the road. access-able.com
Wheel Chair Accessible Resorts
This site offers advice to vacationers who are considering buying or renting a vacation timeshare that is wheelchair accessible. In addition to a resort search function, information includes important questions to ask to ensure accommodations are ADA compliant. Click here:wheel chair accessible resorts
Rolling Rains Report on Travel, Universal Design & Disability
This site provides reviews of the tourism industry from a disability perspective and follows the development of accessible leisure and travel opportunities worldwide. rollingrains.com
Provides information on businesses from around the world that specialize in travel for the disabled, including travel agents, tour operators, adventure travel companies, accessible cruise specialists, accessible van and equipment rentals, travel companions, home exchanges, and access guides for wheelchair users and other disabled travelers.disabledtravelers.com
The Opening Door
With its mission to open doors to persons with disabilities so they can enjoy all that the world has to offer, this organization’s web site, travelguides.org, offers disabled friendly travel links, access guides, databases and publications. travelguides.org
An international disabled friendly travel resource that provides information on different types of holidays and a database of 3000 lodging accommodations for people with disabilities. rolliday.net