Travelling With a Disability: The Best Places to Visit

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Having a disability adds a lot of complications to your life. Although you may well have tenacity and determination enough to stop your impairment from limiting how you live, it does mean that things other people take for granted can be harder for you.

Choosing a holiday destination is just one example of this. Where you go, where you stay, and what you do will all be impacted by your unique requirements, which means that arranging to travel can require some impressive organisation.

So, to make it a little easier for you, we’ve come up with a list of some of the most accessible destinations around…

#1: Sydney, Australia

Many disabled tourists claim that Sydney is one of the most wheelchair friendly places around, and that earns it a big thumbs up from us. Accessibility around the city is superb, and local transport is some of the best adapted in the world. Almost all of the attractions are similarly well suited to those who struggle to get around, from tourist sites to restaurants and shops. The locals also happen to be singularly helpful and welcoming, making this Aussie jewel a joy to visit.  

#2: Stratford-upon-Avon, England

Historical sites can be a chore for those with a disability, thanks to their steep stairs, narrow doorways and cobbled yards, so Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, may not immediately spring to mind as an ideal destination. But appearances can be deceptive. Although the town has maintained its picturesque Tudor character, it has been heavily adapted to meet the needs of wheelchair users and those with mobility problems. With dropped kerbs, flat pavements, and level cobblestones on every street, it is a haven for those who sometimes finding themselves struggling, and every one of its tourist attractions offers full disabled access. Public transport is also fantastic, although those opting for an extended stay might still want to invest in a specialised vehicle to enable them to see some more of the country.

#3: St Simon’s Island, Georgia

For those who would like something that’s a little off the beaten track, the exquisite St Simon’s Island in Georgia might be right up your street. Old and historic it may be, but it still strives to be accessible, and most of its shops and restaurants are fully catered towards those with mobility problems. What’s more, its beach is beloved of wheelchair users the world over, thanks to its flat, hard-packed sand. With a number of specially adapted condos available to rent, this quaint destination could be worth a visit the next time that you decide to travel.

Where will you choose to go?