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What to do?

There is a lot to experience in this world from the viewpoint of a wheelchair. We all have different interests, needs, desires, and things we are or not willing to put up with. Reading about what other wheelchair travelers have done, discovering what is possible, may push you to stretch your wings and experience more. Take that cross-country trip or cruise that you have been dreaming about. Go hiking. Go skydiving. Go scuba diving. Get out there! If there is a will there is a way. Here’s how they did it…

Accessible and Affordable Family Fun in Florida

Accessible and Affordable Family Fun in Florida

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak in Jupiter, FL. I was very excited as it was in February and as we all know, it had been a cold winter! Florida in February sounded wonderful to me! The organization I spoke for told me to bring my family and they would put us...

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Unexpected Thrills of Ecuador Travel

Unexpected Thrills of Ecuador Travel

It was our first day out Quito and into real Ecuador. We were staying at an accessible hostel on a hillside overlooking the vibrant town of Baños de Agua Santa called Las Granadillas. The town’s name comes from...

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Hawaii: Hanauma Bay Beach Park Access Tips

Hawaii: Hanauma Bay Beach Park Access Tips

Hanauma Bay, Hawaii itself is a dormant cone volcano crater that long ago, a portion of which the outer edge collapsed and fell into the ocean, thus forming today, what we know as Hanauma Bay, with a beautiful crescent beach on it's shore side. Today it is one of the...

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Israel Travel: Attractions, Tours and Transportation

Israel Travel: Attractions, Tours and Transportation

Millions of tourists visit Israel these days and among them there are a lot of people with limited mobility. The popularity of traveling to Israel has encouraged more and more accessible improvements. Government has worked particularity hard to improve access to...

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Ideas for Travel in Ireland with a Wheelchair

Ideas for Travel in Ireland with a Wheelchair

Cead mile failte (a hundred thousand welcomes) from Ireland, a great destination with plenty to see and do for a wheelchair traveller. Ireland has come on a lot in regards to accessibility in recent years and hoping I can shed some light on the main attractions and a...

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Prague: Visiting & Touring

Prague: Visiting & Touring

Bezbatour is the only travel agency in the Czech Republic focused on accessible traveling. We offer our services to everybody including wheelchair users, families with children, seniors or people with...

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Top 3 Accessible Beaches in the Southeast of USA

Top 3 Accessible Beaches in the Southeast of USA

Is there anything better in the world than relaxing on a beach? The smell of the salty air, the sound of the waves crashing up on the shore, and the endless view of water as far as the eye can see... Sounds like perfection, huh?  90% of the vacations that I have taken...

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Travel Lisbon, Portugal has Accessibility Challenges

Travel Lisbon, Portugal has Accessibility Challenges

I visited Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, with a friend of mine for a few days. Lisbon is possible to visit as a wheelchair user yet moving around poses serious access challenges. If you are too shy to ask people around for help, it is always a good idea to travel...

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Point Reyes Seashore National Park

Point Reyes Seashore National Park

This magnificent expanse of parkland is one of the nation's great treasures. Its 71,057 acres include rolling grasslands, forested ravines that open onto steep, rocky blufftops, broad beaches, lush salt marshes,...

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Mori Point, Pacifica Promenade and Pier

Mori Point, Pacifica Promenade and Pier

Mori Point is located south of San Francisco in Pacifica along the coast, and is managed by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area under the National Park Service. The park itself consists of a few trails, and...

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Pacifica Coastal Trail in Northern California

Pacifica Coastal Trail in Northern California

Between Pedro Point and Rockaway Point, Pacifica State Beach, often called Linda Mar Beach, is popular with surfers and dog owners. The beach itself is largely inaccessible, but if you want a challenging climb...

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Sicily, Italy Adventure by Wheelchair

Sicily, Italy Adventure by Wheelchair

Travelling has always been a big part of my life. So it is no wonder, that after leaving the hospital in February 2012 I started thinking about it almost straight away. How would I travel now being using a wheelchair? After checking all the technical issues of...

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5-Night Caribbean Cruise (Royal Princess)

5-Night Caribbean Cruise (Royal Princess)

I’ve always been fascinated with traveling; mostly by air though as that was my main form of travel when not taking a road-trip with my family.  For almost three years now I’ve had the honor of working for...

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Surfing Interview: Surfer Christiann Otter Baily

Surfing Interview: Surfer Christiann Otter Baily

Christiann Otter Baily has a spinal cord injury (L3,L4) from a skateboarding accident in 2006 and does what he loves actively, which includes WCMX, Scuba diving, sailing and skydiving but his passion is surfing. For Christainn surfing is the “only activity out there...

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Top 5 Accessible Trails in the San Francisco Bay

Top 5 Accessible Trails in the San Francisco Bay

Besides being very diverse and multicultural, the San Francisco Bay Area is also very wheelchair accessible, including a number of wheelchair accessible hiking trails. Many of the parks, beaches, and hiking trails offer some kind of wheelchair access. Over the last...

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Traveling Barcelona, Spain in a Wheelchair

Traveling Barcelona, Spain in a Wheelchair

Welcome to Barcelona! In 1992, for the first time in their history, the Olympic and Paralympic Games were held in the same city, at the same venues and the same Olympic Village, free of architectural barriers...

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Visiting Maine Attractions by Wheelchair

Visiting Maine Attractions by Wheelchair

My wife and I decided to escape the July heat and humidity of Atlanta, Georgia and take off to Maine for a long weekend vacation.  Why Maine you may ask?  It was a state that neither of us had visited,...

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Interview with a Wheelchair Pilot: “I can fly!”

Interview with a Wheelchair Pilot: “I can fly!”

Young, a senior engineer on the L10n team, attended a 6-week flight training program with a full scholarship at the Purdue University Aviation Department. He had his first solo flight, passed the practical and written exams and received a sport pilot certificate. The...

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Saint Petersburg, Russia Accessible Travel

Saint Petersburg, Russia Accessible Travel

The city on the Neva River, Saint Petersburg, in Russia bears a lot of names and each name has a geographical, romantic, political, historical or cultural meaning: the Northern Capital, The City of White Nights, The City of Three Revolutions, and The Northern Venice....

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Accessible Attractions by Portland, Oregon

Accessible Attractions by Portland, Oregon

Oregon is a beautiful north-west state with lots to do in the great outdoors, even in Portland Oregon culture is mixed with an appreciation of nature. The state of Oregon, has put together a nice PDF...

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Overview: Yosemite Park Wheelchair Access

Overview: Yosemite Park Wheelchair Access

Yosemite National Park in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains of California is one of the most popular attractions in the world and with so many accessible options for travelers, it is a destination everyone should visit. It is a place of beauty, history, and...

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Jedediah Smith Redwoods CA State Park

Jedediah Smith Redwoods CA State Park

California's most northerly redwood park, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, boasts some of the world's largest trees and six miles of the pristine Smith River within its 10,000 acres. The park is named for the first non-native explorer known to have traveled...

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Bend, Oregon Accessible Travel Guide

Bend, Oregon Accessible Travel Guide

Bend, Oregon  is a growing city attracting many young adults who thrive in outdoor culture and golf lovers alike. Surrounding Bend are cascading mountains with lakes, rivers and streams to explore followed...

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Oregon: Crater Lake National Park

Oregon: Crater Lake National Park

The water was so blue I felt like I was gazing at the eternal pool of life. I had come to Crater Lake National Park, Oregon once before when I was a child and seeing beautiful aftermath of a violent volcanic...

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Albuquerque, New Mexico Accessible Travel Guide

Albuquerque, New Mexico Accessible Travel Guide

Bienvenidos! Albuquerque lies at the crossroads of Interstate 40 and Interstate 25, on the banks of the Rio Grande river. A mid-sized, mild-weathered city, located in the heart of the high desert of New Mexico, Albuquerque is an authentic and laid-back destination....

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Washington: Zip-Lining at the Gorge

Washington: Zip-Lining at the Gorge

As a child one of my favorite things to do in the whole wide world was to climb trees and I would spend hours sitting up in them but after becoming paralyzed it seemed like my days in branches was over. I was...

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Access to Skydiving Wheelchair-Free

Access to Skydiving Wheelchair-Free

“Can you skydive three people who are paralyzed today?” inquired my friend Charlene Vine to Bill Dause, the owner of The Parachute Center in Lodi, CA. “We have been trying to skydive in Monterey for the past few days but they can’t seem to get their stuff together...

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John Muir National Historical Site

John Muir National Historical Site

John Muir, father of park conservation, spent his last couple of decades in a beautiful Victorian home overlooking orchards and vineyards in the East Bay of California. When John Muir and his family lived here,...

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Travel Egypt & Tour Cairo and Alexandria

Travel Egypt & Tour Cairo and Alexandria

Among all civilizations and nations, Egypt has always maintained a unique position. Egypt, commonly known as “The Motherland of the World,” “Land of Civilizations” and “The Greatest Power in Human History,” is reputed worldwide for its distinct 7,000-year-old record...

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Visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico

Visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe is the capital city of New Mexico and a wonderful place. With 70,000 full-time residents, it charmingly hosts a million and half visitors every year. The town started as a Native American settlement around 900 b.c., and was later invaded by the Spanish...

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Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado Accessibility

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado Accessibility

People started living on the tops of the mesas around 400 AD then about 1190 AD, for reason that are not entirely clear, they moved off the mesas into cliff dwellings with ladders and toe-holds as the only way to access their villages. The cliff dwellings were...

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Personal Perspective on Philadelphia and Wheelchair Access

Personal Perspective on Philadelphia and Wheelchair Access

When it comes to cities, Philadelphia was my first love. I grew up in the suburbs of South Jersey, right across the bridge from this City of Brotherly Love. My relationship with Philly was both love and hate. I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the...

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Badlands National Park in South Dakoda

Badlands National Park in South Dakoda

Badlands National Park is not a destination that most people chose for a vacation but it's location, right off of Interstate 90 and 75 miles from Rapid City, makes it an easy day trip from the city or a good sightseeing stop en-route to the city. And it's truly...

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Yosemite National Park Access to Attractions

Yosemite National Park Access to Attractions

Yosemite Valley Floor Trail Besides two small inclines the paved bike path on the Yosemite Valley Floor was virtually flat for miles. There were even a few meadows with elevated accessible platforms and other...

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Italy, Sicily Travel: Accessible Tour

Italy, Sicily Travel: Accessible Tour

Situated at the southern tip of Italy in the Mediterranean, Sicily is a diverse island of extremes. Its history stretches back more than 3,000 years and as a strategic crossroads for southern Europe, it has the legacy of various civilizations which have influenced its...

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A Stop at Old Town in Sacramento, CA

A Stop at Old Town in Sacramento, CA

In many cities the "Old Town" section isn't very wheelchair friendly. The old buildings and sidewalks make navigation frustrating however Sacrament has recently  installed all new ramps from the wooden boardwalks to the crosswalks at every intersection -...

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AccessSurf Hawaii

AccessSurf Hawaii

AccessSurf is a non-profit organization in Hawaii that offers therapeutic adaptive aquatic instruction to individuals, families and wounded military personnel. The goal is to empower people with disabilities and enrich their quality of life by providing barrier-free...

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South America for All

South America for All

South America for All is a tour operator that offers accesible tours through the GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, Highlands and Amazon of ECUADOR, Machu-Picchu, Sacred Valley, Titicaca lake in PERU as well as a fine Buenos Aires, Iguazú and Ushuaia tour in ARGENTINA.  We have been...

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Tour Ladakh, India with a Wheelchair

Tour Ladakh, India with a Wheelchair

Welcome to Ladakh, India! Barren majestic mountains reach out to the sky entwined with prayer flags fluttering in distant monasteries; blue skies, gray snaking roads, brown rivers and silver snow-clad peaks in the distance; pink butter tea, colorful robes, music and...

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China by Wheelchair: Travel Barriers & Possibilities

China by Wheelchair: Travel Barriers & Possibilities

An image of a wheelchair engraved on a stone dated as early as 5000 years ago was found in China yet the treatment of the disabled in China is unsatisfactory to say the least. Being Chinese and disabled is hard and in many cases life-ending....

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A Vacation in China: Tips on Accessibility

A Vacation in China: Tips on Accessibility

I would like to share some of my wheelchair experiences while on vacation in China with my wife.  First, let me tell you that I am not a writer by any means.  I just wanted to capture some of the issues we had to work out while traveling abroad.  I will...

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South Africa Accessible Safari Tour with Epic Enabled

South Africa Accessible Safari Tour with Epic Enabled

In South Africa, Epic Enabled offers an exciting 8 day (7 nights) wheelchair accessible safari through Kruger National Park with a few added days in Cape Town if desired. The tour is open to individuals, friends, families & groups – disabled travellers or not. The...

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A Swiss Alps Adventure: Accessible Travel Tips

A Swiss Alps Adventure: Accessible Travel Tips

Four parts of the Swiss Alps exist within Switzerland: Schweizer Alpen (German), Alpes suisses (French), Alpi svizzere (Italian) and Alps svizras (Romansh). When I visited Switzerland in 2011 we drove there from the UK.  It’s an expensive country so we only...

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