January 31st is National Plan for Vacation Day. Vacations can be relaxing and revitalizing. Or they can be exhilarating and action-packed. But planning for vacation? That can be a daunting task—especially as a wheelchair user. If you want to celebrate this holiday by starting to plan your next vacation, you may want to enlist the help of these wheelchair travel experts who have already developed a strategy for how to best protect a wheelchair during air travel, scoured the internet to find the best accessible vacation rental homes, and determined what cities abroad are most accommodating to wheelchair users. And don’t forget to reach out to The Creative Mobility Group for your wheelchair accessible van rental when planning your next getaway!
1. Cory Lee – Curb Free with Cory Lee
Cory is a four-time Webby Award winner who helps wheelchair users travel the world by sharing his travel experiences as a wheelchair user himself. He has been to all seven continents and has traveled to 40 countries all with his power wheelchair! He even traveled through Michigan from Detroit to the U.P. in an accessible van rental from the Creative Mobility Group!
2. John Morris – Wheelchair Travel
John Morris’ blog has become the world’s largest accessible travel website. After a car accident in 2012 left John a triple amputee, he was determined to continue traveling as he did prior to his accident. He quickly realized that planning a trip as a wheelchair user is difficult, but he couldn’t find a resource to tell him what he needed to know. This is what inspired him to start a website dedicated to accessible travel information.
3. Sylvia Longmire – Spin the Globe
Sylvia Longmire, an Air Force veteran who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2005, shares information about the accessibility of her travel destinations as a wheelchair user. Because she only shares experiences from destinations she has personally visited, readers find her content to be authentic and reliable.
4. Navigating with the Nelsons
If traveling the open road in an accessible RV is more your speed, then you should catch up with the Nelsons. Parents Ryan and Kate document their travel with their two children, Mary and Jackson. Mary has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and uses a power wheelchair. We started sharing their travel experience with the goal of inspiring other wheelchair users to travel in a way that’s both thrilling and meaningful.
5. Accessible Holiday Escapes
If you’re itching for international travel and want to stay at a one-of-kind property, Accessible Holiday Escapes will help you find it. Their multi-award-winning website features 50+ accessibility search options to help travelers with disabilities find quality accommodations. But be warned—their social media feeds showcasing beautiful accessible properties around the world will cause major travel envy!
6. Incredible Memories Travel
If you’re ready to travel but would rather have someone else do the research and planning for you, check out Incredible Memories Travel. Incredible Memories Travel is a travel agency serving all but with a focus on accessible travel. Their highly knowledgeable agents provide a personal, catered experience, designed for your needs.
7. Kelsey & Jenny – The Inclusive Traveler
The Inclusive Traveler shares accessible travel stories by Kelsey who is a wheelchair under and Jenny who has ulcerative colitis. Their content is unapologetic and provides practical advice and information for both people with disabilities and people not familiar with their disabilities.
8. Amazing Accessible Stays
Exclusively available on Instagram, this account shares dreamy accessible vacation rental homes throughout the country and around the world. From Washington, to the Cayman Islands, to right here in Michigan, they have identified some of the most beautiful accessible vacation rentals available.