Travel is an adventure, a journey of self-discovery. It’s about exploring the world through different eyes and having the good fortune to find new tastes, sounds, and smells. No matter where you start your journey when you travel abroad, there’s always something new to learn and explore.

The joys of wheelchair travel

Traveling with a disability doesn’t mean you can’t get out and explore. A wheelchair can take you just about anywhere you want to go, including most destinations around the world. You just have to know how to plan it; once you do, everything can work out.

Here are some of the joys of traveling in a wheelchair:

  • You’ll discover that your own country is very different from what you thought it was before you started traveling on wheels!
  • You’ll experience new foods and tastes at restaurants.
  • You’ll find that the world is full of surprises and excitement.
  • You’ll learn how to negotiate foreign streets, roads, and city squares.
  • You’ll find out how much those parks and monorails can accommodate. In fact, there are many wheelchair-accessible ones!

The world is your oyster! Wheelchair-accessible vehicles help travel around the world, especially if you have a disability. 

Getting around – cars, flights, trains, and buses

Trains, planes, and buses are usually the most convenient way to travel large distances. If you’re flying, talk to the airline’s ground staff from the airport to the airport parking lot. Call ahead to find out if there is wheelchair-accessible parking (sometimes this service is offered for a fee). Alternatively, a wheelchair-accessible vehicle (WAV) from may be your best option.

Some countries provide special compartments for wheelchairs on trains; others have high-back seats specially designed for wheelchairs. If not, you can ask for a seat in a non-smoking car that can easily access your wheelchair. There are also various features on buses and trains in Europe that allow access by wheelchair users.

Accessible accommodation around the world

Finding wheelchair-accessible accommodation can be challenging if you travel to a more remote area. However, most major cities have made huge improvements in supporting wheelchair users. 

If you’re traveling to a city or country where you don’t speak the language, you can contact the local tourist information center to find out about wheelchair access. 

Seeing the sights – museums, galleries, and parks

Larger museums and galleries usually provide good access for wheelchair users. Some even have wheelchair-accessible rooms where you can enjoy the art and sculptures. Some parks in cities and towns have accessible paths, fountains, playgrounds, and pools. Most of these items can be found in accessible facilities. If you go to the local tourist information center and tell them about your disability, they will be able to give you the best place for you to visit.

The world is yours to explore

The world is incredibly welcoming to wheelchair users. The barrier is usually a lack of knowledge about disabilities and how to deal with them. Once you know what you’re doing, the world is your oyster!