Travel companies that specialize in adaptive travel opportunities and handicapped tours enable wheelchair users to visit exotic places that would otherwise be difficult to access. An increasing number of travel agencies offer these tours in a variety of attractive and unusual destinations around the world.
You may find that some handicapped tours require disabled travelers to travel along with an able-bodied companion who can help them access remote or rugged locations. Therefore, if you are planning on touring alone, ask about specific requirements.
Also, speak with the travel company representative about the specifics of services offered, including provisions for transporting mobility chairs and the availability of lifts or ramps throughout your trip.
For exotic beach vacations, some resorts in the Caribbean provide special lodging and handicapped tours for mobility-challenged vacationers.
Cruises are always popular vacation choices for travelers of all ages and abilities. Most major cruise lines offer disabled access cabins with features like handrails, outfitted shower stalls, and transfer benches.
Cruises are a relaxing vacation choice because activities, meals, and evening entertainment are all provided on board.
Africa is a sought-after destination and is an excellent choice for wheelchair travelers. Mobility chair users can easily be accommodated on African safari tours because the animals are viewed from the safety of a specially equipped van, Land Rover or truck.
If you want to experience the great outdoors, consider the America the Beautiful Access Pass from the National Park Service. This pass is free for all people with disabilities and provides lifetime access to all national parks and monuments in the United States. The pass is available at all national park entrances.
To savor fine wines, sample delicious food, view magnificent artwork, and learn about the rich history of one of Europe's gems, visit Italy on a wheelchair accessible tour.
There are travel agencies that provide tours of Venice, Rome, and Florence specifically for disabled travelers. On these tours, accessible transportation and accommodations are provided.
For environmentally conscious travelers, eco-friendly tours that cater to disabled travelers are available around the world including Nepal, Guatemala, Madagascar, Malaysia, and other destinations.
Australia and New Zealand offer vistas of unspoiled landscapes and wildlife. Although many attractions are off the beaten path, wheelchair-accessible amenities are widely available.
An internet search will uncover hundreds of options for accessible tours. Yet, thoroughly research travel agencies and tour operators before booking your vacation. Ask for a list of references and check with the Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality (www.sath.org) to ensure you are dealing with a reputable and experienced travel company.
For a list of organizations that cater to the needs of physically challenged individuals, click here.
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