Back to basics with some accessible cruising tips to help plan an adventure that meets your needs
For years, I have been told by accessible travel professionals that cruising is a terrific option for wheelchair users. My husband, Jim, is not particularly fond of water and had a long list of preconceived notions regarding nautical travel. After a great deal of coaxing, we sailed on Holland America Line’s Veendam, a mid-size ship carrying 1,350 passengers and 560 employees. The seven-day trip...
Accessible train travel is cost-competitive with air and car travel —and is much more relaxing
Eagerly anticipating the arrival of our train at the Hammond (La.) Amtrak station, my husband and I were as excited as the animated grade-school children running among the suitcases. All of us repeatedly gazed down the tracks trying to get the first glimpse of the engine light.
Hammond is a 30-minute drive from our home and the second stop the “City of New Orleans” makes heading north to its...
My husband is a romantic and I an a realist. The first time we planned a trip abroad, he suggested that I add Paris to the itinerary. I swiftly nixed his request. The thought of orchestrating wheelchair-accessible trips to two countries seemed daunting.
But, ignoring the detour to France was my one regret after visiting England. The next time we traveled abroad, I researched our options and...
More than 33 million people in the United States are gamers with disabilities. That number grows every year. Once considered frivolous, video games have become an important part of modern culture. Decades ago, no one could have foreseen the video game craze — or the impact it would have on the lives of players with disabilities.
When our family travels, we prefer driving to flying. Driving, in our wheelchair-accessible minivan, is simply easier. I have Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) and use a large, bulky electric wheelchair. If traveling by air, I forgo my independence and take a smaller manual wheelchair.
MDI offers disabled visitors to the Emerald Isle accessible and affordable transportation and lodging
For someone with a mobility problem, social situations can be nice — or nightmares
Peek into the inner workings of a disabled person's mind contemplating various extracurricular activities. There are so many considerations to be taken under advisement.
Author Kristal Hardin
Otherwise, the consequences may range from slightly humorous to somewhat humiliating to ultimately disastrous.