Travel Interests

There is a lot to experience in this world from the viewpoint of a wheelchair. We all have different needs, desires, things we are or not willing to put up with. But perhaps reading about what other wheelchair travelers have done, discovering what is possible, will drive you to stretch your wings and experience more. Take that cross-country trip, cruise or exotic excursion you have been dreaming about. Go hiking. Go skydiving. Go scuba diving. Get out there! If there is a will there is a way. 

Santa Cruz, CA: Neary Lagoon Trail Access

Neary Lagoon peaceful freshwater marsh lies within a 44-acre park tucked between a wastewater treatment plant and a residential neighborhood in the city of Santa Cruz. The 14-acre marsh includes a lagoon, which you can cross on a floating boardwalk, while enjoying...

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Caribbean Cruise on Carnival Breeze

Our cruise in January 2015 to the Caribbean on the Carnival Breeze included stops at the ports St. Thomas and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The large ship was filled with activities that we could all do and enjoy.  Movie night was fun and one of our favorite parts of the...

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CA, Monterey Bay: Carmel City Beach

Carmel City Beach is a spectacular white-sand beach fronting the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, known for hand-crafted cottages from its days as an early artists’ colony, for its galleries, shops, and restaurants, and also for its hospitality to off-leash dogs. An...

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17-Mile Drive in Carmel on the Monterey Peninsula

The 17-Mile Drive is a privately owned scenic drive that runs along the edge of the Monterey Peninsula, passing through the gated community of Pebble Beach. As the road skirts the peninsula’s western edge, you'll pass such frequently photographed landmarks as Seal and...

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CA, Monterey Bay Area: Elkhorn Slough

Elkhorn Slough is one of the best places in North America to see birds, and the best place for wheelchair riders to get close to the slough is little Kirby Park, at the upper end of Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve. Close to 350 bird species live in the...

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CA, Monterey Bay Area: Asilomar State Beach

Known for its distinctive white sand, Asilomar State Beach, in Pacific Grove, is about a mile long, with Sunset Drive and the California Coastal Trail behind it. This stretch of the Coastal Trail is composed of, intermittently, a boardwalk, firmly packed material, and...

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CA, Monterey Bay Area: Point Lobos Trails

This rocky, forested headland was named Point Lobos in the late 18th century, for the sea lions (lobos marinos, “sea wolves”) whom Spanish settlers heard barking on offshore rocks. Hundreds of them live here almost year-round, between August and June. Also look for...

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Santa Cruz, CA: Lighthouse Field State Beach

A popular destination for surfers, bicyclists, and dog walkers, Lighthouse Field State Beach lies south of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and north of Natural Bridges State Park. There is no wheelchair access to the beach, but a pathway that runs for almost three...

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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 classmates for the next...

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California, Oxnard: Beach Park Accessibility

Access to the outdoors becomes a tremendous challenge when one is faced with physical challenges that make it difficult to get to the bathroom, let alone to get outside the house.  It’s so important to overcome those obstacles and demand that sunshine and fresh air be...

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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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CA Coast: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Accessibility

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, 821 acres in the redwoods and along the Big Sur River, is popular with families and may be the best place for wheelchair riders to stay overnight and enjoy the lovely but otherwise mostly inaccessible Big Sur coast. Be sure to reserve well...

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CA Coast: Pfeiffer Beach at Big Sur Access

Pfeiffer Beach, while hard to find, is one of the most popular beach access points in Big Sur. On our rainy weekday visit it was nearly deserted, but it’s easy to see why crowds gather here in good weather to enjoy the drama of the surf crashing through arches in the...

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Berlin was Surprisingly Wheelchair Accessible

In 2004, my friend Nicole and I decided to go to Berlin, Germany for 10 days during our spring break.  She proposed the idea to me because she had always wanted to travel there. At that time I had only been to Greece and Turkey and was itching to go back to Europe....

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Disabled Travel Agent’s Favorite Cruises

I am often asked which cruise line and destination are my favorites; 16 years ago I took my first cruise aboard Holland America to the Pacific Northwest. The crew was the happiest people on earth and within a few days they knew my name & pronounced it correctly; quite...

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Why Take a Cruise? Advice from a Travel Agent

CRUISING IS THE VACATION OF CHOICE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES It’s no secret anymore that cruises have definitely become the vacation of choice for persons with disabilities.  Major cruise lines have realized that it is just smart business practice to make their...

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CA, Monterey Bay: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine

This 1,400-acre reserve protects wetlands and uplands for scientific research, public education, and visitor enjoyment. Five miles of steep trails over rough terrain lead through oak woodlands and grasslands to viewpoints overlooking wetlands and the main channel of...

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