GETTING THERE IN
Jeff Cadwell's experience
as a disabled traveler led him to compile the list of resources
that follows. Today Jeff uses a walker, a wheelchair or a scooter,
as travel circumstances dictate. His work as a Certified Maximum
Life Coach (www.jeffcadwell.com)
inspires him to tell other disabled travelers, "Live life to
its fullest! There's no reason to stay home. Of course you can
Since I started having mobility
issues due to a diagnosis of MS in 2003, my most recent travel experience
was also my first. In January, 2005 I went on a seven-day family
reunion cruise to the Eastern Caribbean on Celebrity Cruise Lines.
If you have not been on a cruise
before, you don't know what you are missing. No matter where you
find yourself aboard ship, there's a crew member ready to help.
One thing I found essential was
having a wheelchair delivered to my room before I arrived. Scooters
were available, too, for a more sizable fee. I
discovered that no matter what time of day it was, if a family member
was pushing my wheelchair, someone from the crew insisted on taking
over and pushing me wherever I needed to go. Talk about pampering!
To top off service like that,
the food was fantastic, 90% of the male crew were beautiful, and
port excursions accessible to disabled travelers were always duly
An extra bonus for me was a handsome
steward who catered to my every need, everything from providing
additional pillows to making sure the beverage of my choice was
in my stateroom every night before bed.
can't wait to go on a cruise again. I am thinking of the Greek Isles,
Hawaii, or Alaska. Care to join me?
Assembled from a variety of
sources, here are the disability travel links I've found useful.
Disability Community Travel Resources
and Recreation Resources
Guardian Traveler http://travel.guardian.co.uk/disabled/story/0,12549,817583,00.html
Medical Travel Inc.
Special Needs Travel
Transitions Abroad http://www.transitionsabroad.com/listings/travel/disability/index.shtml
Traveling with a Disability http://www.tripspot.com/features/disability.htm
©2006 Jeff Cadwell