Travel

We love to travel and so I started collecting accessible travel destinations that we could start saving towards. Although some days its just lovely clicking on this page to dream a little holiday!

The Jubilee Tall Ships Sailing Trust is wonderful. A friend’s son joined The Lord Nelson in Hobart, arriving in Sydney for a Naval Review. The feedback was so positive that this link is permanently placed at the top as just too good to be pushed down the page.

The Jubilee Tall Ships Sailing Trust is a registered charity whose mission is to promote the integration of people of all physical abilities through the challenge and adventure of sailing tall ships on the open sea. See here 

Lord Nelson, wheelchair-accessible tall ship, sails into Halifax The Lord Nelson may look like other tall ships, but it has built-in features that allow people with physical disabilities to work on board as crew members. See the video here

Below are destinations for carers considering wheelchair accessible travel.

Articles are listed with the most recent at the top with older articles pushed downwards.

Getting around Barcelona with a disability

Barcelona – The Catalan capital is widely considered one of the most accessible tourist destinations in Europe. Various travel agencies in Barcelona specialise in providing information for people with a disability. To achieve this, they offer the best accessible hotels, activities and adapted transport. Public transport is another field with outstanding standards for disabled users, since all metro stations that have been recently built or refurbished are fully accessible. The Metropolitan Transport of Barcelona (TMB) keeps improving the public transport system of Barcelona and currently has a 100% accessible bus fleet. To complete all this offer, the beaches of Barceloneta and Nova Icaria as well as the Forum bathing area offer assisted bathing services for disabled people who cannot access the water independently.

Accessible Travel in Holland

Exciting News…….

I have recruited my first intrepid travel reporter – a friend living in Holland agreed to investigate wheelchair accessibility. I reckon Holland has an advantage for wheelchair users over many other countries, it’s flat!

Our reporter’s first find was – The van Raam’s Velo Plus wheelchair bike, wheelchair transporter, is especially suited for wheelchair users who remain seated in their wheelchairs while riding. See here.

I found – Tourism in the Netherlands see here but our travelling journo will filter back individual reports which I, for one, can’t wait to read.

Travel in the Netherlands with help from this Web site : Travelling with Functional Disabilitiessee here  – Services for passengers with disabilities

  • We would be happy to assist you with your journey. We will be better able to help you if you contact us well in advance of your trip.
  • We recommend letting us know at least 24 hours prior to travel if you have specific requests or requirements.
  • Many stations are equipped with lifts, ramps and escalators.
  • Guidance lines have been installed at many stations.

Accessible Travel in Singapore

We recently stayed for over three weeks in Singapore, we had tickets for the Formula 1 Grand Prix. Visit Singapore – revealed here is helpful information to aid others relax in this engaging city.

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Accessible Travel in United Kingdom

  • Top 10 wheelchair-accessible cabins, lodges and cottages in the UKSee here 

  •  North Wales gets credit for accessible tourist attractions – read here 
  • Chichester Harbour wheelyboat helps give disabled their sea legsThe John Q Davis RM Wheelyboat launched in June last year, giving disabled people independent access to the water.“We have had a hugely encouraging first year,” said boat skipper Ian McCoy.
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    “It has been better than I thought. We’ve taken out more than 500 people.”

    The project was a joint venture between Thorney Island’s Army Welfare Service, Thorney Island Sailing Club and the Wheelyboat Trust, a charity based in Petworth.

    Ian McCoy is a support officer at Thorney Island Army Welfare Service.

    “It’s a fantastic opportunity for army personnel and their families and others to get out on to Chichester Harbour,”  Read more

  • National Express’s ‘fully accessible’ coaches ‘exclude many wheelchairs’ The UK’s largest coach operator has admitted that many wheelchair-users are still not able to travel on its vehicles, even though it has spent millions of pounds on a new “fully accessible” fleet. Read more Investigate whether your chair is compatible with the fleet coaches.
  • Devon, coastal routes open up for Christmas 2013. Wheelchair and pushchair access has been improved at sites including Port Isaac, Treyarnon Bay, North Tehidy Country Park and Penrose Estate in Cornwall, as well as Putsborough, Bolberry and Revelstock Drive in Devon. Read more
  • Derbyshire, the dramatically enchanting county, is indeed a fantastic and accessible travel destination for everyone to rest and enjoy. See here   

Accessible Travel in London

  • Accessible London The top 10 most visited access guides to the Capital’s attractions – Click here 

  • London Underground access – Click here

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  • Better disabled access in Hampstead and Highgate was sick daughter’s dying wish – Read the full article here An interesting article giving an insight into Hampstead and Highgate area – transport and restaurants.

 

  • New Access Guide Highlights Utah’s National Parks – If you’ve ever dreamed of exploring Utah’s magnificent national parks, but thought the rugged landscape might be too much of a challenge because you use a wheelchair or get around a little slower, then pick up a copy of Barrier-Free Travel; Utah’s National Parks for Wheelers and Slow Walkers ($8.95, C&C Creative Concepts), and prepare to hit the road.
  • Disabled man’s wheelchair odyssey across China
  • New York This review considers New York for visitors with special needs – Read here
  • Land Meets Sea Camp In Long Beach To Give Sports To Disabled The camp  is aimed at those who have suffered spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, spina bifida, developmental disabilities or other problems will have the chance to try water skiing, jet skis, sailing and canoeing or kayaking on the water. On land, there will be quad rugby, hockey, basketball and tennis as wheelchair sports, and a number of other activities. Read here 
  • Old City to Become Disabled-Friendly, After 3,000 Years – Jerusalem Development Authority announces 20 million shekel project to open the Old City, Western Wall for tourists with disabilities. Read here
  • Niagara Falls, Canada – People using canes, crutches, wheelchairs and scooters can all access either one of the huge new Hornblower Niagara Cruise 700 passenger catamarans, Niagara Thunder and Niagara Wonder, that travel the Niagara Gorge. Read here.
  • Gibraltar is an accessible holiday destination – read here
  • Dubai hotels join website praising access for disabled tourists – Read more
  • Read Pushliving.com, a great magazine – here
  • Un-Forbidden City: Braving Beijing’s Biggest Tourist Attraction in a Wheelchair – See here

  • At Pacific Tree Climbing Institute, guides have helped a woman who was paraplegic ascend a 200-foot-tall Douglas fir tree. Oregon Skyway Gondola can take passengers in wheelchairs and walkers up for summer sightseeing at Willamette Pass Resort. Read more here.
  • Spain – There are many things that make a city and holiday destinations available to people with physical disabilities. First is a barrier free airport and transport systems that are suitable for people who have disabilities. In pursuit of advertising accessible tourism, several major cities already went through some tweaks and changes. Spain is unquestionably one of the best examples, because government takes positive steps to make certain its cities are accessible to all, no matter their physical disabilities. Spain is amongst the few countries to ensure easy accessibility to all its cultural sites. Read more here
  • The FIA Guide for the disabled traveler using Parking Permits, Cards and Placards around the world See here 
  • The European cruise industry backed the European Day for People with Disabilities and demonstrated its commitment to ensure cruise ships remain accessible to all.  Read more
  • Disability-centered maps help wheelchair users navigate their city – hailing from France, Handimap is a resource that shows all of the locations in a city that are suitable for disabled people.See here
  • Phoenix  – The Best Handicap Accessible Outdoor Activities of Phoenix – Read more:
  • Manhattan, New York gets more accessible cabs, call 311 (when you’re there!)  – see here
  • Wheelchair access is being addressed globally, for example if you are travelling to Kathmandu –  Click here for details

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