Imagine taking in the view from the top of Machu Picchu, canoeing down the Amazon River, enjoying an African safari, cruising through the Panama Canal – and leaving the worries of accessibility at home.
Let me help you discover what you can do and where you can go on your next journey.
I started my home-based travel agency because I found there was a need for a local travel agent who not only understood the travel needs of people with disabilities but would also meet with them, one-on-one, to discuss their needs. I specialize in cruises and tours and work closely with cruise lines and tour companies who know and care about accessibility.
Traveling can have its challenges, whether you have a disability or are TAB. We’ve heard the frustrating stories first-hand and read about them in the newspaper, magazines, as well as, lawsuit reviews. An example that is, unfortunately, quite common – hotels advertising wheelchair accessible rooms with roll-in showers, however, failing to mention the steps to the hotels main entrance (that are not accessible). Another common example are taxis’ claiming to be accessible – but only for collapsible wheelchairs. All the planning in the world cannot prevent some of the negatives from occurring, however, careful planning will prevent the “preventable” from happening.
It is important to plan ahead and to make sure communication is very clear and understood by everyone involved in planning your journey. Keep in mind; “accessible” can have varied depths of definitions – depending on whom you are talking with.
I love to travel and I feel strongly that anyone who has the desire to travel should be given the opportunity to travel. Keep in mind, the two most important essentials for a successful journey are: Careful Planning and Accurate and Clear Communication.
Life is a Journey…Take it!
7 years experience in the travel and entertainment department for a Fortune 500 company
5 years experience as a personal care assistant
Member of the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) and National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents (NACTA).