Imagine the world where pavements are always even, thresholds aren’t dangerously high and elevators don’t remember your grandparents’ youth. Sounds beautiful, right? That’s the world of accessibility, which I hope, is just a few years away. Right now, however, many travel destinations can be described in three I’s: incredible, interesting and… inaccessible. Since there are too many of them to mention, I would rather talk about countries, which promote accessibility. Indeed, there are countries, which are racing towards accessible future with the speed of the light! I haven’t visited the entire globe, but out of all places I’ve seen 3 countries seem to be perfectly wheelchair friendly. Which travel destinations exactly do I have in mind? More about it below!
When New Year is about to crash the party, and 2018 is ready to take over, traveling becomes the amazing way to celebrate that we’d actually made it through the year. Sipping champagne on the other side of the world is a pretty memorable way to start a new year. Options are countless – the winter traveling season’s in bloom. Nevertheless, finding ultra-wonderful and wheelchair friendly travel destinations may be a tough nut to crack. That’s why I am coming to rescue with my 5 travel suggestions for an amazing New Year’s Eve! After all, variety’s spice of life and all of these five places would definitely charm all of your 5 senses!
Flying to Kenya felt like going into the unknown. I’d visited Africa before, as I’d been to Egypt many times, but I knew the flavour wouldn’t be quite the same. After all, Africa’s amazingly diverse and I was more than happy to dive into the unknown. Once I landed in Mombasa, the beauty of the country struck me. My dream vacation ended just then because after I headed to my hotel… everything went downhill. A hotel, which advertised itself as accessible, probably didn’t know the definition of “accessible” too well, because it was everything but wheelchair friendly. That was the worst hotel experience in my entire life and since I travel a lot… I think it says everything. My Kenyan vacation story could be summed up like this: beautiful views spoilt by no accessibility. What did I do there? How did everything look in practice? More about it below!
Discovering Europe has always been a great adventure, and visiting Keukenhof, Scheveningen and Oostende was no exception. Somewhere between tulip fields and lovely shorelines, one thought struck me: Europe’s full of surprises. Since I was born and raised here, it was always familiar and eventually lost the vibe of adventure floating in the air. My weekend getaway trips helped me to rediscover Europe, taste it, befriend it and have a wonderful time.
Since I was living in Luxembourg for some time, travelling on weekends was relatively easy. After all, Luxembourg’s in the heart of Europe, and both Holland and Belgium are just a stone’s throw away. Letting opportunities slip away has never been my style, so I packed and there I was… getting the best of Europe. What did I see in Keukenhof, Scheveningen and Oostende? Do these places deserve to be called “wheelchair accessible”? I am going to spill the beans below, so please… bear with me!
Strolling around Prague, Czech Republic is probably one of the best ways to explore the city. With its lovely, old streets full of nostalgic vibes, Prague was made for long strolls. It may not be the biggest or hottest European destination, but it’s definitely one of the highlights of Eastern Europe. I visited it back in 2006, and it was, overall, a nice trip. Not the most accessible city I’ve ever visited, but absolutely charming. More about Prague – what to do there, and how accessible it actually is – below!
What happens in Rio definitely doesn’t stay in Rio, so I have another electric wheelchair travel story to share with you! As you might know, I am very fond of travelling, so when I’ve learned I had a chance to experience the 2016 Summer Paralympics, I couldn’t let an opportunity like that getaway.