accessible travel

Expert tips to help plan your next trip & travel smarter and safer

posted on July 14, 2015 - 3:21pm
Traveling can be scary, especially if you have a physical disability. In my own travels over the years, I’ve been trapped in a bathroom, dumped out of a car onto Fifth Avenue, toppled over in a moving bus, stranded in a subway tunnel and even showered with glass after accidentally shattering a revolving door. Despite its inherent challenges, though, traveling also can be an exciting and...

Back to basics with some accessible cruising tips to help plan an adventure that meets your needs

posted on April 1, 2014 - 9:15am
Quest Spring 2014
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...
posted on October 1, 2012 - 9:00am
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 4
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.

Buy new, rent or fix up a used motor home or trailer, then take your accessibility with you on vacation

posted on January 1, 2012 - 12:20pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 1
Correction: An earlier version of this article had the incorrect website and phone number for Bridgeview Manufacturing. The story was revised to reflect the correct information. Barbara Graztke loves to vacation and enjoys traveling six to eight months out of every year. But she finds hotels uncomfortable and doesn’t like to fly. She visits family and friends across the country, but is unable to...

Wheelchair users can visit the home of Big Ben with confidence

posted on October 1, 2011 - 11:03am
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 4
The prospect of traveling in a wheelchair to London, a city steeped with history dating back to the Romans, filled me with trepidation. Visions of cobblestone streets, buildings without elevators, and entryways with massive stairways had my heart racing with anxiety as I planned our first trip to London.
posted on April 1, 2009 - 4:25pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 2
You'll find resources on power chair sports, exercise and travel aids.
posted on April 1, 2009 - 4:10pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 2
For people with disabilities, travel can present both wonderful opportunities and daunting obstacles — the latter due to the inaccessibility of transportation, accommodations and popular tourist sites. The good news is that many countries are making more locations accessible to wheelchairs. And even more good news: Increasing numbers of devices and services are appearing on the market for the...
posted on May 1, 2008 - 9:43am
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 3
Our adventure started with a travel brochure from Grand European Tours. My wife, Debi, was intrigued by the bus and train tour through the Swiss Alps. Debi has a neuromuscular disease called spinal cerebellum ataxia, which causes poor balance and muscle weakness. She can take several steps with assistance, and uses a power wheelchair at home and a manual chair while traveling. Watercolor painting...