When traveling for the first time or to a new destination in general you may have all kinds of logistical questions. Whether you use a manual or power wheelchair get tips on reserving an accessible hotel room, find out what you need to know about flying on an airplane, and how to be your own advocate when booking an cruise, the best ways to pack for solo wheelchair travel, what to bring and so much more. Please email us to share your tips.

New York City on a Budget

New York City on a Budget

Manhattan can be a very expensive place to visit, but there are ways to dramatically reduce the cost and still have a great time. The best way to enjoy yourself is to be flexible.  LodgingEven less expensive hotels can break a lot of budgets.  After...

Cruise Warnings: 6 Travel Access Myths

Cruise Warnings: 6 Travel Access Myths

For some people, a cruise is the trip of lifetime, a celebration, a repeat occurrence, or perhaps the best and only way to travel, but not a utopia of wheelchair accessible travel. So before you book a...

Flying with a Wheelchair: Airplanes & Airports

Flying with a Wheelchair: Airplanes & Airports

Airport Arrival: Drop-Off & Parking While traveling and with flying a wheelchair, first, it is most convenient to be dropped off at an airport by someone or an airport shuttle service such as Super Shuttle (equipped with lifts) but this is not always possible. If...

How to Rate Trails for Wheelchair Accessibility

How to Rate Trails for Wheelchair Accessibility

Taking on any hiking trail with a 5% slope and higher depends a lot on how well your wheelchair is built, how experience you are on hills, and what makeup of the trail surface is.  I also recommend that you wear a seat belt when taking on any dirt trail. Several...

Travel Companions and Caregivers

Travel Companions and Caregivers

I enjoy traveling solo, but sometimes I want or need a travel companion, depending on where I am going and what I am doing. There is an indisputable need for travel companions and caregivers that can assist in various way, especially in the wheelchair community. Some...

ABA Law Overview: Outdoor Recreation Access

ABA Law Overview: Outdoor Recreation Access

The USA ABA, Architectural Barriers Act, was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 and focuses on the the accessibility of buildings and facilities--removing barriers to create more access for those who are physically challenged. The ABA governs that...

RV (Recreational Vehicle): Wheelchair Travel

RV (Recreational Vehicle): Wheelchair Travel

  An accessible RV can open a whole new world of travel and adventure for people with mobility problems. RV traveling has many advantages including an always available, clean, accessible bathroom; a comfortable bed for middle of the day breaks; the opportunity to...

Tips for Preparing a Europe Trip with a Child in a Chair

Tips for Preparing a Europe Trip with a Child in a Chair

When we found out, about six months ago, that we were lucky enough to take this trip to Europe we knew that we had to start planning right away; Tyler uses a manual wheelchair. Our itinerary included France, Italy, Czech Republic, and Germany. Research was our first...

Overview: Accessible Cruising and Cruise Lines

Overview: Accessible Cruising and Cruise Lines

Why take a cruise? Cruising on a various cruise line is one of the most popular means of travel for those who use a wheelchair or have some other limited mobility. The allure of having a guaranteed accessible space to return to after a day of exploring is the...

Dear Uber and Lyft: Where’s the Ramp Van?

Dear Uber and Lyft: Where’s the Ramp Van?

Dear President Peevey and Commissioners: Uber and Lyft have admitted that they have no wheelchair accessible vehicles in their networks (at least in San Francisco) and have no plans to obtain or provide any.  I attended the July 18, 2014, meeting of the San Francisco...

Air Travel Tips for Power Wheelchairs

Air Travel Tips for Power Wheelchairs

Being restricted to a power wheelchair doesn't equal to restrictions in lifestyle and recreation. Airline travel is one of many activities that, with a little preparation, can be accomplished in spite of a mobility aid. Here is some advice to make airline travel with...

Time for a Two-Tiered Accessible Parking Program?

Time for a Two-Tiered Accessible Parking Program?

All too often we find the few designated accessible parking spots are filled, yet we do not see any other customers using a wheelchair or other mobility device. Is it time to establish a two-tiered accessible parking program? Accessible parking stalls are designed...

5 Travel Problems for People in Wheelchair

5 Travel Problems for People in Wheelchair

I don’t know about you, but I am a passionate traveler. I visited more than 30 countries worldwide, and still counting. You would probably say “wow’ to this. Let me ask you a question. What would you say if I told you I was a wheelchair user? Today I want to...

Cruising with a Disability: What to Know

Cruising with a Disability: What to Know

The word POSH, coincidentally, has nautical and monetary roots and due to the intense sun refers to the cooler side of a ship in which to occupy cabin space on the early Indian cruises. Port Out Starboard Home later shortened to 'posh' was only affordable by the...

Cruise Planning: 10 Travel Tips

Cruise Planning: 10 Travel Tips

1. Seek out the newest ships. While some oceangoing lines have nicely retrofitted older vessels with accessible features, generally, the newer the ship, the more likely that accessibility for all guests was built into the design. These ships typically will have...

The International Disability Treaty

The International Disability Treaty

While wheelchair accessibility is nowhere near perfect in the United States, the American disability community is truly lucky to have the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an achievement that shines brightly on the timeline of disability history in our country....

8 Tips for Confident Travel for Quadriplegics

8 Tips for Confident Travel for Quadriplegics

So you’re a quadriplegic and you’ve decided you’re ready to start traveling. There’s a lot of adventures ahead, and these 8 tips will help you test the waters, build your confidence, and make your trips successful. Before you know it,  you’ll be a seasoned expert!...

Lonely Planet’s List of Accessible Travel Resources

Lonely Planet’s List of Accessible Travel Resources

Hard of hearing or vision-impaired? A wheelchair user or slow walker? Fibromyalgia, MS or spinal-cord injury? None of these should stop you from experiencing the joy and benefits of travel. We at Lonely Planet believe that travel is for all, no matter what their...

AirAsia Damages Wheelchair on Plane Flight, Denies Fault

AirAsia Damages Wheelchair on Plane Flight, Denies Fault

Disable person complains AirAsia about failed compensation while his wheelchair gets damaged. A wheelchair worth over ten thousand ringgit has been damaged but no reasonable compensation has been made so far. Lim Sow Seng (Seng) from Kuantan urges AirAsia to...

Flying Tips and Rules

Flying Tips and Rules

Air travel can be uncomfortable for many people—with or without a wheelchair, but maybe my tips can help! Have an air travel routine:I like to arrive at the airport 90 minutes before an international departure. I prefer to check in with an agent and not the...

Airline Travel Tips for Kids with Special Needs

Airline Travel Tips for Kids with Special Needs

1. How can you identify a disability-friendly airline? Are some airlines better with wheelchairs and catering to the needs of people with disabilities than others? What are some of the things parents should look out for when booking flights? The more disabled-friendly...

Power Wheelchair Travel Tips

Power Wheelchair Travel Tips

Traveling alone to a destination you have never traveled to, knowing no one but one person, and they don't even know you're coming is pretty scary, right? Imagine adding being a quadriplegic to that equation. Now it seems even scarier, right? Well, it is very scary,...

Manual Wheelchair Travel Tips

Manual Wheelchair Travel Tips

1. Allen Wrenches: Bringing a portable set of Allen Wrenches will come in handy if your breaks get altered during flight or elsewhere or generally need to be tightened on your trip. Your caster wheels may also need adjustment or to be cleaned during your trip. 2....

Booking a Hotel, Plane Flight & Car Rental with a Wheelchair

Booking a Hotel, Plane Flight & Car Rental with a Wheelchair

I love to travel! As a software developer in the aerospace business, there have been times in my career when I’ve had to travel frequently for business, and I’ve also been lucky enough to be able to travel a fair amount for pleasure. When I started using a wheelchair,...

Luggage Tips for Wheelchair Travel – Packing to Carrying

Luggage Tips for Wheelchair Travel – Packing to Carrying

The modern wheelchair provides the wheelchair user tremendous mobility and independence.  This ability transfers into more opportunities for solo business and pleasure travel.  Sometimes these trips require carrying a fair amount of luggage and gear. The...

Airline Travel Precautions for Wheelchairs

Airline Travel Precautions for Wheelchairs

Despite of being a much practiced recreational activity worldwide, travelling involves several frustrating moments. As one needs to book tickets, make reservations, pack all the necessary items, secure the luggage and reach the transportation on time, travelling is...

Cruise: Be Your Own Advocate!

Cruise: Be Your Own Advocate!

Cruising is a great way to travel and see the world and that's also true for many people with disabilities,  but only if you’re willing to actively advocate for yourself, plan carefully and accept some compromises. A little background: I’m a veteran cruiser who...

Protect Skin from Pressure Sores While Traveling

Plan Ahead to Avoid Pressure Sores While Traveling Anyone who relies on a wheelchair for mobility understands the risk of pressure sores. Also called bedsores or pressure ulcers, pressure sores form as a result of the weight of the body pressing down onto a bed or...

Westjet Airline in Canada Makes Flying A Little Easier

Westjet Airline in Canada Makes Flying A Little Easier

My traveling requires that I spend a lot of time in airports and in airplanes. A little pre-planning can make the entire experience a lot easier, especially for Canadians flying with Westjet. In the last 18 months I have flown twelve times on Westjet aircraft. Prior...

Wheelchair Travel Philosophy

Wheelchair Travel Philosophy

Life is a constantly evolving journey, a train moving through space and time, and traveling is a way to consciously experience it. When you travel, your senses become alive as if woken up from hibernation also known as routine. Routine has the allure of security but...

Know Where You Sit With Aviation Rights

Know Where You Sit With Aviation Rights

When it comes to travelling with a wheelchair, the rules can be complicated and not as user-friendly as the air carrier which attends to your needs on the day. It is therefore extremely important to know what your rights are when it comes to aviation so that if you...

Packing Plan for People with Limited Mobility

Packing Plan for People with Limited Mobility

When headed to a new travel destination wheelchair users will commonly be faced by challenges of the unknown like finding a hotel that suites their needs as well as accessible attractions and transportation. In the big older cities where a number of buildings have...

US Airways: Horrible Disabled Treatment

US Airways: Horrible Disabled Treatment

I wear a leg brace. I use a wheelchair, but can walk short distances with canes before fatiguing. I cannot stand without an assistive device. My face is normal and my speech clear. My upper body appears healthy with good arm strength and use of hands. My back aches,...

The World of Wheelchair Travellers

The World of Wheelchair Travellers

For years, wheelchair users have felt like second-class citizens when it comes to traveling. It had reached the point where a lot of people felt trapped in their homes, or dependent on other people in order to just get out and shop for groceries, or other mundane...

IDENTIFYING & TREATING THE SYMPTOMS OF POISON IVY

Poison ivy is a toxic plant that is commonly, but not exclusively, found through most continental areas of the United States. It tends to grow in totally wild areas but is also found in places which have seen human disturbance, such as road sides, sidewalks and trails...

A Quad’s Perfect Hotel Room

A Quad’s Perfect Hotel Room

This letter was emailed to wheelchairtraveling.com and asked to share with the rest of the wheelchair traveling community. There is a big difference between what a person needs if using a manual and electric wheelchair. Here's what one traveler has come up with that...

Practical Car Hire Tips for Wheelchair Users

Practical Car Hire Tips for Wheelchair Users

About 10% of the global population or 650 million have disabilities and it is estimated that 10% of them require wheelchairs, allowing them to live and travel independently. A primary concern for independent travel, however, is the use of car hire vehicles....

Why Take a Cruise? Travel Agent’s Advice

Why Take a Cruise? Travel Agent’s Advice

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...

21 Century Accessible Tourism

21 Century Accessible Tourism

What is accessible tourism in the 21st century, and how is it designed?   Do the products and services currently available really cater for the demands and needs of a constantly evolving market?   Is there a concrete dialogue between users and...

Ms. Wheelchair CA 2012 on Travel and Positive Attitude

I always get very nervous when I'm about to embark on a plane. I start worrying about all the things that could go wrong. As the date approaches to take my trip, I start to get this urge to cancel my trip.  Then I realized I can't live life like this, life is way...

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