In late November, 2016, Carrieanna received this letter from her Uncle Ted, a former Grand Exalted Ruler (1991-92) and still very-active member of the Elks:
Did You Know?
The MS Foundation publishes a quarterly magazine, MS Focus, for the purpose of inspiring and empowering “those affected by MS with the information necessary to make the most complete and educated decisions concerning their healthcare.”
The Winter 2016 edition of the magazine focused on “Making Travel with MS More Accessible.” We are honored to have an article published in this issue, and want to share it here … and hope you’ll share too!
We just received word from UKSMobility.com that they find Anything Is Possible Travel Blog worthy of their “15 Disability Travel Blogs That Will Inspire You” Award!
We feel very honored to have this recognition, and hope to continue to be a source of travel inspiration to others.
Please click on the link above, take a moment to check out these other inspirational travel blogs, and pass the word along to any traveler you know who has mobility issues – and those who travel with them.
And keep pursuing your travel dreams, because Anything Is Possible!
If you are disabled, or traveling with someone with special needs, one of the most challenging components is finding accessible lodging.
While the very nice person on the phone at the reservation desk may say “Yes, we can accommodate you,” discovering that they don’t really know the difference between a roll-in shower and an “accessible bathroom” can be frustrating at best and, at worst, may cause you to swear you will NEVER travel again. (And I speak from experience.)
So I am extremely excited to tell you about accessible travel expert Candy Harrington’s newest book.
I take a shower [nearly] every day.
Whether I’m closing a plastic curtain in a tub-and-shower combo or the plexiglass door of a walk-in shower, the ability to shower while traveling is something I enjoy … and generally take for granted.
When Carrieanna and I travel together, however, the type of shower available is a key factor in our choice of lodging. And I have learned that I must be VERY specific in my inquiries because “accessible” seems to have a very broad meaning in the lodging industry.
As we prepared for two trips – a family wedding in October and, a few months later, attendance at a cultural event – I found it necessary to make accessible lodging arrangements.
I solicited the help of a travel agent for the second trip, knowing that hotels would be crowded and costly, and hoping she would have some “professional sway” to make sure we got what we needed. (Big thanks to Nona of Divine Destination Weddings, who specializes in all aspects of travel!)
For the wedding, however, I chose to trust my instincts and follow the suggestions of Candy Harrington as shared in her presentation to the Northern California Chapter of the National MS Society in May 2014.
Earlier this month I received an email from Sally James, a freelance writer who has recently been working with one of the UK’s leading travel portals on a guide for people with disabilities, showing how even on a cruise they can enjoy full mobility and accessibility help.
Sally asked me if I would be interested in seeing what she has written, and of course I said “Yes.” And after looking it over, I thought the guides would be worth sharing on my blog.
Candy Harrington has been writing about accessible travel for nearly two decades. Her books, newsletter (Emerging Horizons) and blog are excellent resources, offering information and encouragement to wheelchair-users, slow walkers, and those who travel with them.
(Click here for my review of one of her recent books, “22 Accessible Road Trips.”)
Last month Candy was the guest speaker for the National MS Society, Northern California Chapter MS Lecture Series in Sacramento. Her topic was “Have MS, Will (Still) Travel: Tips for Traveling with MS.”
The meeting was well-attended, affirming that a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis does not diminish the desire to travel. Candy spent over an hour sharing very helpful accessible travel tips, and I took many notes.
(This blog is meant to inspire people to travel, whether they are able-bodied or “differently-abled.” When I learn about travel aids to help those who fall in the latter category, I like to share that information.)
Dr. Huw Thomas loves to travel. Unfortunately, being unable to walk due to Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy, he has endured “years of manhandling by well-meaning but poorly equipped staff at various airports.”
When I am traveling and need to make my own flight arrangements, my criteria is fairly simple: I want to get to my destination quickly, using the most direct route I can find, and do so as inexpensively as possible.
While I prefer a window seat, I do not mind sitting on the aisle or, if necessary, in the middle seat. I hope that the passengers sitting near me have bathed recently (although not in perfume).