Adventure and Active Travel

Havana, Cuba Travel Adventure

Havana, Cuba Travel Adventure

While there are still restrictions to go anywhere in Cuba, even Havana, it is easier to get there than it has been in the past.  Several cruise lines go there from Miami and other ports, and you can also...

Colorado: Rocky Mountain National Park Tips

Colorado: Rocky Mountain National Park Tips

In Colorado, the Rocky Mountain National Park is a hiker's paradise with over 50 day hikes and many opportunities for multiple day backpacking trips.  Wonderful for able-bodied visitor but challenging for those who use a wheelchair or scooter to get around....

Access in Vietnam: What to Expect & Travel Tips

Access in Vietnam: What to Expect & Travel Tips

I choose to travel to Vietnam on a whim. I wanted to go to Southeast Asia and I had heard Vietnam was cheap. I also have a bad habit of impulse buying plane tickets. I took my mom knowing she was adventurous as...

Arizona, Antelope Canyon: Access the Inaccessible

Arizona, Antelope Canyon: Access the Inaccessible

Antelope Canyon in Arizona is separated into two canyons: Lower Antelope Canyon and Upper Antelope Canyon.  Lower Antelope Canyon is not wheelchair accessible at all as there are stairs that you need to climb down to the slot canyon. I would not consider...

Horse Riding Ranch in Arizona

Horse Riding Ranch in Arizona

Located in northwest Arizona, just 2 1/2 hours from Las Vegas, Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch is a wheelchair accessible desert oasis. It sits on 360 acres near three majestic mountain ranges and under clear blue...

Krankin’ thru China

Krankin’ thru China

Krankin' thru China was established in 2013 by two Americans and their Chinese friend in an effort to enhance physical and mental wellness among people with disabilities in China. Initially focusing on handcycling as an avenue for physical wellness and social...

Morocco, Africa: Travel and Accessibility

Morocco, Africa: Travel and Accessibility

Welcome to Morocco! Only 9 miles from the European coastline, leaving plane or ferry you are instantly in a culture and atmosphere a world apart. Morocco is one of the most popular North African destinations and for good reason. Warm temperatures, lush scenery, exotic...

Japan: Accessible Travel Guide Overview

Japan: Accessible Travel Guide Overview

On my Japan wheelchair travel adventure, I spent most of my time in Tokyo, which is broken up into over a dozen distinct areas and is densely populated. For five full days and four nights I was also in Kyoto, plus one day spent in Nara. I wanted to go to Osaka but ran...

Ecuador: Accessability in South America

Ecuador: Accessability in South America

Locals have an abundance of Mother Nature’s candy and medicine at their fingertips. For many life is very simple and centers around the family and eating. Work is surviving or maintaining a small business with...

Cozumel, Mexico: Adapted Scuba Diving

Cozumel, Mexico: Adapted Scuba Diving

Peaceful, serene, other worldy. You know, all those cliché terms people throw around about scuba diving. They are all true and yet do not begin to describe the experience. Over the last few years I have had the...

Exotic Trip to Cozumel, Mexico to Scuba Dive

Exotic Trip to Cozumel, Mexico to Scuba Dive

As a world-class scuba diving destination, Cozumel, Mexico is an obvious travel destination for divers. However, with its breathtaking beaches, National Marine Park, and ancient history it offers something for anyone looking for a Caribbean vacation. In June, my...

Alaska: Juneau Adventure by Wheelchair

Alaska: Juneau Adventure by Wheelchair

Having relocated from the east coast to California, we were planning our first holiday and considering options like Hawaii, Vegas, San Diego etc., all of which both had visited. We both have always wanted to...

Alaska: Anchorage and Denali Adventure by Wheelchair

Alaska: Anchorage and Denali Adventure by Wheelchair

Leaving Juneau After checking out, we decided to get a brunch at our now favorite place in Juneau, Alaska, The Sandpiper café, and have some more of their amazing egg benedicts. They did have a small ramp...

Rafting the Colorado River with a Wheelchair

Rafting the Colorado River with a Wheelchair

Kegan Reilly, a 33-year-old rafter and paraplegic, and I lean back-to-back against each other, shivering.  Even with wetsuits, this is a really cold business.   We wait for the next drill to send...

Utah: Bryce Canyon National Park

Utah: Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah offers a series of viewpoints of the canyon, some with short walkways that are accessible. The park provides a printable PDF guide but updates along with additional information...

Travel in Nepal: Accessibility Review

Travel in Nepal: Accessibility Review

I have just returned from a familiarization tour of Nepal organized by Four Season Travel and Tours of Kathmandu. There are major infrastructure and human resource training needs still to be met in the country. However I was successful in visiting Kathmandu, Chitwan...

Sea Adventure in Glacier Bay, B.C.

Sea Adventure in Glacier Bay, B.C.

It’s always a bit risky taking a journey to a remote destination where accessibility may be in question.   But seven years after his accident, Steve Pisano, a T3-4 paraplegic, packed up his cameras and ventured to Alaska for an experience of a lifetime aboard the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Tour Ladakh, India with a Wheelchair

Tour Ladakh, India with a Wheelchair

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

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....

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...

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...

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...

Disabled Hunting in the United States of America

Disabled Hunting in the United States of America

I’ve had the opportunity to go on a lot of group hunts all over the United States and become friends with some of the people who lead these necessary causes.  The following is a list of some of the ones I have been involved with and know to be legit, either...

Thailand Holiday Travel Guide: Wheelchair Tips

Thailand Holiday Travel Guide: Wheelchair Tips

I’m 46 year old Danish man with spinal cord injury who lives in Thailand about six months per year. I was in Thailand for the first time for one month in January 2009. I feel so comfortable in the tropic weather that I decide to stay as much as possible in Thailand....

Access to Zip-Lining by Yosemite National Park

Access to Zip-Lining by Yosemite National Park

A light rain was falling. “Most people that do zip-lining are trying to get over their fear of heights” Tamie of Zip Yosemite explained, “so you four are awesome.” The four of us paraplegics looked at each other and smiled. Bill Harrison, Charlene Vine, Steven Sanchez...

Ephesus, Turkey Travel Access Review

Ephesus, Turkey Travel Access Review

This visit was part of a ten day, three-stop, tourist trip to Turkey in April of 2014. I had been to Istanbul once in 1980. And this was a chance to re-explore Turkey itself, and also see a modern and “safe” Muslim country. Why visit Ephesus? These ruins are one of...

Istanbul, Turkey Accessible Travel (Review #2)

Istanbul, Turkey Accessible Travel (Review #2)

I think Istanbul is must see world destination. The layers of religions, empires, architecture, and beautiful water views, along with a fully modern society are so rich. From the US perspective, it is an ideal combination of novel, enlightening and familiar. If the...

Istanbul, Turkey Accessible Travel (Review #1)

Istanbul, Turkey Accessible Travel (Review #1)

Recently I travelled to Istanbul Turkey for vacation.Before we left I searched the web for information on the accessibility of the major tourist sites. I  found that they were for the most part accessible, but due to the historical value, not much can be done to...

Palm Springs & Palm Desert Travel Guide

Palm Springs & Palm Desert Travel Guide

Two hours south of Los Angeles and a day trip away from Joshua Tree National Park in the Mojave Desert are Palm Springs and Palm Desert. This area is an oasis of golf courses, tennis courts, spa resorts,...

Fly a Glider Plane with Hand-Controls

Fly a Glider Plane with Hand-Controls

Along the San Gabriel Mountains in the Mojave Desert of Southern California has nearly perfect conditions for flying a glider plane, explains Dale of Southern California Soaring Academy, and that is why he choose...

GoAfricaSafaris & Travel

GoAfricaSafaris & Travel

Together we all have over 20 years experience in tourism and hospitality industry. It has been a long time dream for us to create opportunities for travelers with a disability to enjoy the beauty and diversity of this part of the world – our home. We operate in Kenya,...

Freedom Sailing International

Freedom Sailing International

Freedom Sailing International is a non-profit organization based in New Orleans, whose mission is to design, build and operate the first tall ship for all in the world, based on the goals of Universal Design (UD). The UD concept includes the full range of human...

Amazon and Galapagos Tour in Ecuador

Amazon and Galapagos Tour in Ecuador

Ecuadorians are a mix of native and Spanish people, in which they call themselves "mestizo."  The mestizo are a kind and happy people. Since 1998 the Vice President has been a person with a physical disability and because of this he has done so much work toward...

Adaptive Outdoor Activities in Austria for the Disabled

Adaptive Outdoor Activities in Austria for the Disabled

Behind the name Freizeit-PSO stands "Freizeit Para Special Outdoor Sports" because we want to approach people that are physically and mentally handicapped with our outdoor activities. We, as a public charity have an aim: Integrating all different kinds of people into...

Travel New Zealand by Wheelchair

Travel New Zealand by Wheelchair

New Zealand is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers. New Zealand society is laid-back, diverse, sophisticated, and multicultural, and the honesty, friendliness and openness of Kiwis...

Go-Karts with Hand-Controls

Go-Karts with Hand-Controls

Experience real head-to-head racing at Pole Position Raceway and discover why indoor karting is the fastest-growing sport in the United States. If you think this is kids play...well, think again! Our high-performance European karts are capable of 45 mph, and that...

Interview: Disabled Hunter and Outdoorsman

Interview: Disabled Hunter and Outdoorsman

Chad is a hunter and outdoor journalist who has always had a great love for adventure. He knows his boundaries but doesn’t let it stop him from being who he is. Recently, wheelchairtraveling.com was able to interview him on his experiences and his personal website,...

USA and Canada Accessible Snow Skiing

USA and Canada Accessible Snow Skiing

The following is a growing list of adapted snow skiing companies in both the United States and Canada that make this enjoyable winter activity accessible. Please add a company not listed by writing a comment in...

Egypt: Accessible Adapted Scuba Diving

Egypt: Accessible Adapted Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is the best way to experience the underwater world. Someone who is a paraplegic or uses a wheelchair can now feel the sense of weightlessness and complete freedom of movement under water. Scuba diving gives people with disabilities an opportunity to...

Iceland: Accessible Travel Tips

Iceland: Accessible Travel Tips

When arriving at the Keflavik Airport (about 50 km or 31 mi from Reykjavik) the surroundings may seem like you have landed on the moon; melted lava, hot springs and rocks as sharp as blades. It doesn’t take you...

Sail the Sea: Ocean Adventures

Sail the Sea: Ocean Adventures

Have you ever felt like being in a wheelchair was limiting your choice of holidays? Have you ever wanted to throw yourself in to a life changing adventure but were worried about the limitations you may encounter? Perhaps you’re anxious that you might not fit in? Fear...

A Look @ Tasmania for Wheelchair Travelers

A Look @ Tasmania for Wheelchair Travelers

With its distinction as the world’s most rugged island, Tasmania is not exactly the place you would put first on the list of accessible travel destinations. Handicapped travellers of the world might shy away from Australia’s southernmost region, mainly because of...

Québec, Canada Snowmobiling Tour

Québec, Canada Snowmobiling Tour

A snowmobiling holiday tour with Artic Adventure are usually seven days, six nights with four-days of snowmobiling guaranteed in the regions of Lanaudière and Laurentides of Quebec, Canada. It begins and ends at the Montreal International Airport in which...

Barbados in the Caribbean: Accessible Review

Barbados in the Caribbean: Accessible Review

Barbados has a physical challenge. We’ll call it, “Location, location, location.” It is unique among the Caribbean Islands as a limestone and coral monument arising from the sea floor. Rocky bastion against all the Atlantic can throw against it on the Eastern coast it...

Vision Impaired Biking Tour in New Zealand

Vision Impaired Biking Tour in New Zealand

Aoteaoroa / New Zealand was the chosen location for a tandem biking adventure for a group of three blind and vision impaired friends.  And what an adventure it was too. Covering over 300 km from the South Island’s Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean over a...

South Africa Adventure in My Wheelchair

South Africa Adventure in My Wheelchair

There is so much to see of this beautiful country.  One summer is surely not enough.  My trip to South Africa began in July 2003 from Newark Airport (New Jersey).  Newark is like any other airport.  I met up with the students that would be my...

Africa Safari Hunting Tour with a Wheelchair

Africa Safari Hunting Tour with a Wheelchair

One of the first things staring me in the face when I found out I was going to Namibia was the formidable challenge it posed. As a quadriplegic, a trip to Africa represents the ultimate quest: managing the four days of travel which would include two 16 hour flights,...

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