Traveling abroad is one of our favourite pastimes. However, the unfortunate fact is, many people avoid venturing abroad later in life or if they have a disability, because of worries about accessibility. Many wheelchair users seem particularly averse to traveling and miss out on seeing the sights the world has to offer – but with the right information and resources, this doesn’t need to be the case.
There are some amazing cities around the globe offering incredible experiences, perfect for every wheelchair user. Here we’ve listed four of these, so take a look and see where your next adventure takes you.
- Ljubljana, Slovenia
Have you ever heard of Ljubljana? It’s one of those beautiful European destinations now earning a name for itself as a stunning option – with diverse landscapes and plenty to see and do.
Plus, the city is very accessible, especially the old town which is pedestrianised and has level access. One of Ljubljana’s main attractions, the castle, is very wheelchair accessible too (aside from viewpoints at the top). However, you can still get great views of the city from other areas.
If you’re thinking of a visit, Disability Horizons recommend staying in the City Hotel with its wheelchair adapted rooms, whilst a good climate means you can sit outside in most restaurants.
- Vancouver, Canada
The beautiful city of Vancouver is next on our list – just a short journey from America’s northerly Seattle and close enough to eye breathtaking views of the mountain ranges and beautiful scenery.
There are a number of hotels to choose from, as many are equipped with accessible space – whilst the transport lines around the city are catered to disabled passengers too.
Insurancewith backs this up by saying Translink is one of the world’s leading providers of accessible travel. There are also the SkyTrain and SeaBus routes – so don’t for a second think you’ll be stuck inside.
- Tasmania, Australia
Australia doesn’t instantly stand out as your usual accessible destination. People will think of the Great Barrier Reef and Ayers Rock as areas difficult to travel to. However, Tasmania is particularly welcoming and a fantastic opportunity to embrace a culture like no other.
Tasmania is an island state of Australia, some 150 miles from mainland. Many shops, restaurants and attractions are wheelchair accessible, whilst the paths have curbs cut at various intersections.
Curb Free With Cory Lee remarks on the number of accessible hotels to choose from, whilst you’re also able to rent accessible vans to use on the island. For those considering a cruise, Hobart is a popular destination as part of a larger trip around Australia.
- San Diego / San Francisco, USA
Because of the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are a number of US cities with reasonable accessibility – however, San Diego stands out as one of the best. This is despite the hilly terrain, all because of excellent transportation networks.
Wheelchair users are able to make the most of trains, city buses and streetcars, whilst the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island are amazing tourist spots. Ferries are available too if you fancy sightseeing from the water.
This part of the US boasts a brilliant culture that’s unmissable and you simply have to see this area of the world at some point in your life.
A disability doesn’t need to be life debilitating. There are parts of the world where wheelchair access is excellent and you don’t have to worry about being isolated. Try the suggestions above and see where your next adventure takes you.
~ Helena Smith