My name is Jeri, and I am a traveler, photographer, wedding officiant, writer, mother and friend.

The name for this blog — Anything is Possible Travel — was inspired by Carrieanna Hess, who not only believes that anything IS possible, but also that “if you haven’t tried, you don’t know if you can do it.”

Carrieanna is my daughter, frequent traveling companion, and constant supporter.  You will see her often on this blog!

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  1. Hi Jeri, I have taken the liberty to add your very nice RSS feeds to my “digital newspaper” about accessible tourism.
    You can see it here: http://paper.li/f-1315995457
    The paper comes out ( i.e. gets refreshed) on Mondays at 12:00 noon (GMT). There are not many subscribers yet – and in fact subscribing is made more difficult by the “captcha” system.
    Otherwise we are always busy at http://www.accessibletourism.org and facebook.com/accessibletourism (over 500 followers) and Linked in Group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4003674&trk=hb_side_g
    Please join LinkedIn group too…

    ENAT works mainly with businesses, whereas your focus is more on getting info to the consumers who need it, I would say. You are doing a good job!
    I hope our efforts can complement yours nicely.

    With best regards,
    Ivor Ambrose
    Managing Director, ENAT.

    European Network for Accessible Tourism
    ENAT is a Non-Profit Association registered in Belgium.


    1. Thank you SO much, Ivor! I have joined the ENAT LinkedIn group and Facebook page, signed up for the newsletter, and I will add your page to my blogroll.

      And thank you for your very kind words. Yes, my goal is to encourage travelers, and I am very grateful for groups like yours who share the information and tools needed for accessibility. There is so much to learn and enjoy through travel!

      Wishing you all the best, and may our efforts be very successful!

      Jeri Murphy


  2. Hi would you mind letting me know which hosting company
    you’re working with? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most.
    Can you suggest a good internet hosting provider at a reasonable price?
    Many thanks, I appreciate it!


    1. Hello, Mavis.
      Thank you for your positive comments. My blog is powered by WordPress.
      As for an internet hosting provider, mine is through my phone company, AT&T. I am sure there are other, better and faster providers, though. I would suggest doing a google search, and then checking any reviews that might be posted about the service.
      Best of luck!


    2. Hello, Mavis. I just switched my blog to WordPress.org, and Bluehost is my new hosting company. I’d be interested to know if you still find it easy to load and navigate.



  3. Hi Jeri,

    My name is Rob Braun with AWExperience.org. We specialize in adaptive wilderness adventures. Have a look at AWExperience.org/support, See what you think of what we want to accomplish, if you have questions, and if you’ld be willing to help us promote the campaign to make the video series a start. I’d love to share the vision we have with you. Our fb site is at facebook.com/adaptivewilderenessexperience


    1. Thanks for connecting, Rob. I’ve looked (briefly) at your website and have liked your Facebook page. I’ll be returning to explore more; it looks like you’re doing some great work!



  4. Jeri,
    First, Kudos to your daughter for her courageous story. I am a diabetic leg amputee, and, ironically, a travel agent. My niche HAD BEEN group cruises PRIOR to my surgery. But the life I have had just getting around in the U.S.A. since my surgery has rerouted my brain to a new niche. ACCESSIBLE TRAVEL. I’ve recently bought the domain, accessibletravel.biz, and am building a wordpress blog site which i hope to unleash on the world by next week. I would like to include a Skype interview with Carrieanna, and wanted to leave you my contact info so that you 2 could call me to discuss it without divulging your private info online. Please call me at your convenience at 804-221-6288. Thank you for your time, consideration, and dedication to the advancement of ACCESSIBLE TRAVEL ALL OVER THE WORLD


    1. Thank you for your comment, Timothy, and for your dedication to turn your personal challenges into an avenue to encourage and assist others. I have forwarded your contact information to Carrieanna, and hope that she will be able to assist you in your blog goals.

      I look forward to seeing your site once launched, and hope that our connection will be of benefit to each other and to our readers.

      Jeri Murphy


  5. Hi my name is Anthony Driscoll and I’m looking to gain some support on a project I am developing that provides an accessible travel guide to wheelchair users. I’m giving away a free download to the first 100 people to sign up at http://www.wheelyapp.com . I’ve also launched a crowd funding campaign where I am looking for funds to help with the very expensive cost of development. You can find that link here:


    In New York City alone there are over 500,00 people with ambulatory difficulties. Thats not including caretakers or tourists visiting in a chair everyday.

    Wheely is an application designed to help wheelchair users better navigate the New York City Subway system as well as provide a useful guide to accessible places in specific neighborhoods. Wheely features accessible subway maps licensed by the MTA®, specific directions and maps to subway elevators and reviews based on local accessible places. Wheely is founded by myself, Anthony Driscoll, a Parsons New School MFA Design and Technology candidate. I was inspired to create this app through travels with my father who is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I hope to establish more support of his app through various disability focused organizations. More information can be found at http://www.wheelyapp.com

    Finding subway elevators are tough. Especially if you are not familiar with the city. Sometimes the elevators could be around the corner, up the street, or inside another building. At Wheely we have manually plotted each and every elevator’s GPS coordinates so we are able to provide users with exact directions to those elevators. Wheely is also fully licensed by the MTA® and have received privileged information and neighborhood maps. We have taken those maps and plotted out each station’s elevator locations on both the street level as well as indoors.

    Thank you so much for your time and I look forward to hearing from you!

    Anthony Driscoll


    1. What a great idea, Anthony! Thank you for sharing; I hope others will find the information useful in their travels!

      Warmest regards,


  6. Thank you so much for this blog. I have MS and am still fairly good at walking but have been using a cane for when I am in court, church, work or other areas where I don’t want to fall. My two teen sons and I are travelling to Monterey and Hearst Castle next month in CA and I have been looking at using my mobility scooter for some of the excursions like the Monterey Aquarium and getting around town. Before MS, I travelled and lived in Europe and have taken my kids with me all over the place. I don’t want to limit my travel because of this and I really enjoyed reading about how you are handling things. Thank you for putting this information out there!


    1. Thank you for your kind comments, Laurie! I’m glad to know this blog is helpful and encouraging, as that’s my main objective.
      I hope you love Monterey and the California coast. The weather should be lovely and cool enough to keep your body comfortable. Of course, if you have the time and interest, I would encourage you to visit Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. (It’s just south of Monterey and Carmel.) There are three accessible trails there, the views are wonderful, and if Carrieanna is available I am sure she would love to give you a tour.
      Safe and happy travels!


  7. Hi Jeri,
    I had sent you the post above about travelling last summer on the CA coast. We had a great time but two things I will mention – one is at the Mystery Spot up near Santa Cruz, my mobility scooter went haywire! My brother was able to use it to push me up to the “haunted” house but it was pretty wild. We also went to Hearst Castle and I let them know ahead of time that I was using my scooter. We ended up with a private bus to the castle where we were met by a guide with a golf cart of sorts to take us around the castle on a private tour. Very nice!
    We just came back from Washington DC where I flew with the scooter for the first time. DC is pretty good for the scooter crowd and it allowed me to see everything. Even the moonlight monument tour we booked could accommodate the scooter on the bus. We also went to New York City where the sidewalks were not as accommodating and there is not always a ramp at the lights. Still was worth it to see the 9-11 memorial museum, etc. I see one of the other posts above mentions trying to find a subway elevator. I can tell you I saw many stations but nowhere was there an elevator. We did find it at the PATH station at the new WTC and also in Newark where we parked. Since I come from NJ originally, I will check his website out before our next trip back home.
    Thank you again for the encouragement on this site to continue to travel. I know I could not have done this trip without the scooter and it is wonderful to see so many people willing to accommodate.


    1. Thank you for your very informative comment and for your kind words, Laurie.
      I am glad you are able to travel so much, and I appreciate the tips you’ve shared.
      I hope this blog will continue to encourage others to get out and see their world.
      ~ Jeri


  8. Hi Jeri! Wonderful blog 🙂 Thank you for sharing your experiences! I’ve written a Paris accessible trip planning guide, and was wondering if you’d be interested in reviewing it. Please feel free to get in touch if you are!


  9. Have you traveled to the Netherlands? I’m a volunteer and a guide for Accessible Travel Netherlands. Our goal is to provide information about accessible travel in Amsterdam and surrounding cities. Many people are unaware of how accessible the Netherlands is. We can plan trips for people, arrange hotels, rent adaptable bikes, arrange for accessible taxis, and do all the detail work so people can have a fun vacation and not have to worry about what is accessible and what is not. If you are ever in the Amsterdam area, we would love to work with you and show you how accessible the city is. Our main website is http://www.accessibletravelnl.com. We are also holding a conference in March on accessible travel. You can check it out at this website: http://www.accessibletravelnl.com/projects/ACCESSTOUR-Project.


  10. We just went on a fabulous trip to Ecuador and the Galapogos Islands. I have spinal stenosis and marked leg weakness. I can walk short distances with forearm crutches but need assistance for longer distances or rough terrain. We worked with Accessible Journeys, a travel agent in Pennsylvania (www.accessiblejourneys.com). They in turn contracted with South America for All (www.southamericaforall.com) based in Ecuador. The trip was great. They had specially designed wheelchairs for rough terrain and special techniques for getting me in and out of the water. The acomidations were all accessible. They specialize in clients who are totally wheelchair bound.

    If Galapagos is on your bucket list contact these folks.


    1. Hello, Mr. Bumroong.

      Thank you for your inquiry. While we have no immediate plans to travel to Thailand, we appreciate your comment and have “liked” your Facebook page so we can stay informed about your services.

      Keep up the good work!


  11. Hi Jerri!

    My name is Caitie with iLiving Travel Scooters. We create foldable scooters and wheelchairs to facilitate accessible travel.

    We’ve been following your blog and love the way you’re empowering others. We wanted to begin reaching out to influencers to discuss partnership opportunities. Can I get your email address to send you some information about our product? Let me know, thanks!


    Thank you for all you do, I’m really looking forward to speaking with you!


    1. Hello, Caitie.
      Thank you for your kind comments!
      I will email you directly, and look forward to hearing more about your product.
      Warmest regards,
      Jeri Murphy


  12. I am an electric scooter user and have set up a website to help ensure disabled peoples’ accommodation needs are fully met when travelling –
    I’d really welcome your feedback, and a reciprocal link between our sites would be great
    Many thanks


    1. Hello, Theo.

      Great website, and I appreciate your efforts to help people find accessible lodging. (That’s often one of the most difficult challenges when we travel.)

      We would be happy to add a link to our Blogroll page. Would you please provide a one- or two-sentence description of the website. (Check out the Blogroll page for examples.)

      Thanks, and keep up the good work!



  13. Hi Jeri,

    I’m delighted to have found your blog after searching for photos of the Bird Island Trail in Point Lobos State Reserve. I’m proud and humbled to say that I was part of the team responsible for the Bird Island Trail ADA retrofit. It was a lot of hard work and wonderfully emotional to have had the opportunity to bring my grandpa to the completed trail and to have others who may not have had access previously enjoy such a beautiful space.

    That particular project and location is very dear and near to my heart and I’m happy to learn of Carrieanna’s accomplishment as a docent. To my surprise and delight I was actually in communication with the park months ago regarding the possibility of meeting with someone in the Reserve who could provide me with their insight of the park and in particular their thoughts on the new ADA trails. Carrieanna was a name that came up frequently but unfortunately never had the opportunity to meet her properly.

    I would still welcome the opportunity learn more from her about the park and the impact the trails of had, but in the mean time I was hoping to ask for your permission to link this blog and in particular the post about Point Lobos (https://anythingispossibletravel.com/point-lobos-state-natural-reserves-first-wheelchair-using-docent/) to my newly developed website. I’m cataloging my various jobs and projects over the years and would love to share this blog with others and the value of projects that open up spaces for all to enjoy.

    My website is still in “coming soon” mode but I’m happy share to my current draft so you can see an overview of what’s being developed. Thank you both for your inspirational blog, I look forward to hearing from you! Feel free to email me directly.

    Warm Regards,



    1. Hello, Mario.
      I have forwarded your comment to Carrieanna, as I’m sure she would love to hear about your connection to the Bird Island Trail. I know it has made a positive impact on her life!
      And you are certainly welcome to include a link to the blog. I would be honored to have this information shared with others.
      Please do keep in touch and let us know when your website is live.
      Warmest regards,


  14. I found your newsletter through the Crystal Hermitage website. I have MS and was looking to see whether I would be able to take my scooter if needed. Your information is quite valuable and helpful. We are looking forward to experiencing the place. We have been doing as much traveling as we can, including road trips, ocean and river cruises and tours through other countries, so your website looks ideal for us. Thank you for your travel passion and your passion for your daughter.


    1. Thank you for your kind comments, Angie.
      I’m so glad you found my review of Crystal Hermitage. It’s a beautiful, peaceful place and I hope you will love your visit there!
      And best wishes on all your travel plans. There’s so much to see and do, and I’m glad you’re finding resources – like this website – to help you fulfill your goals!


  15. I am a wheelchair user and am traveling to Paris — my first visit ever! — in two weeks. Can anyone recommend (1) wheelchair-accessible transportation (maybe taxis?); (2) a reliable wheelchair repair shop; and (3) pharmacies in the 11th arrondissment?


    1. Hello, Heidi.
      Congratulations on your upcoming trip!
      We don’t have the specific answers to your questions, but you might be able to find more information by visiting some of the resources listed on the “Blogroll” page.
      And if you happen to find another resource that’s helpful – whether blog or website – please let us know. If it’s helpful to you, it may be helpful to others.
      Have a wonderful trip!
      Jeri M.


  16. Dear Jeri,

    Found your cool blog through an article. Thanks for inspiring!

    I am currently building a vacation rental in the Tetons near Grand Teton National Park and not too far from Yellowstone.

    I have done my best to design a home that will be accessible to most, with minimal thresholds, grab bars, roll in shower, one story, accessible wrap around concrete porch, etc…. I have followed online and ADA suggestions as best I can and hope the final product will usable for more visitors than our area seems to accommodate at this time.

    My question for you is this, I have a small cabin listed with VRBO, but as I searched, it appears that Air B and B has more detailed universal access filters for potential renters. Do you know if there is a preferred vacation rental website, homeaway/VRBO, versus AirBnB, among travelers that use wheelchairs?

    I fully understand if you do not have time to answer, but any feedback would be appreciated.

    With Gratitude!


    1. Hello, Christina.
      Congratulations and thank you for being mindful of accessibility as you build your vacation rental.

      As far as marketing and exposure, that’s not my expertise but you might find the answer through one of my favorite resources, Candy Harrington with Barrier Free Travels. You can find the link on my “Blogroll” tab. (Candy is quite active on Facebook, so that would be another way to reach her.)

      Best wishes for a very successful venture!
      Jeri M.


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