Clear blue skies and warm spring sunshine accompanied us on our long weekend cabin break at Forest Holidays, Strathyre earlier this year. The weather was beautiful and quite possibly the best we’ve had in Scotland this year. We really couldn’t have picked a nicer weekend to enjoy the stunning setting in which our accessible Forest holiday cabin was set.
Erin is a 21 year old an electric wheelchair user. In less than two weeks time she’s starting to tick off her bucket list, travelling from Scotland to America. Her first stop is California for 8 days and then to Las Vegas for 5 days. Erin has lots of things planned for her trip and places she wants to see.
Lauren West is 26 and lives and works in London. Lauren works at Muscular Dystrophy UK as Trailblazers Manager, MDUK’s young campaigners network. Lauren has SMA Type II and is a full-time powered wheelchair user.
Let’s be honest. Travelling is stressful. Even the most experienced traveller will have stressful moments at some point throughout their trip. Travelling with a disability brings added stress, but by no means does it make disabled travel impossible. They key is plan, plan and plan some more!
Here is a list of my tips for disabled and wheelchair accessible travel that I’ve learned throughout my experience of travelling. I hope they help when you’re planning your next wheelchair accessible holiday.
Emily Rose Yates is a 25 year old accessibility consultant, travel writer and TV presenter currently living in Glasgow. She has lived and worked in Austrlaia, Brazil, China and the USA and was the first wheelchair user to cross the Sinai Desert by camel!