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The friend that pushed me around Australia

I went to Australia with a good friend of mine from high school about the time I was struggling to walk safely outdoors but not using a wheelchair full time. I borrowed a manual wheelchair from a local vendor and … Continue reading

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Wheelchair Advantage: Airline Upgrades

I fly by myself quite frequently and have been upgraded to first class many times — always without asking. I doubt I would have received any of these upgrades if I hadn’t been in a wheelchair. I also think had … Continue reading

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Flying to Italy in my wheelchair

One summer I was traveling to Italy by myself to play in a tennis tournament and didn’t know a word of Italian. But I figured as long as I knew how to say “Hello,” “Thank you,” and “Do you speak … Continue reading

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Disability Travel Tip: Hotel Arrangements

Make sure the hotel you are staying at has the type of accommodations you are expecting. I have learned by trial and error that “accessible room” has a very loose meaning. At a minimum this means that you can get … Continue reading

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Disability Travel Tip: Airport to Hotel

Another great stress reducer when flying with a disability is to figure out the best way to get from the airport to your hotel prior to traveling. Most cities have taxi companies with accessible vehicles, so you can easily call … Continue reading

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Disability Travel Tip: Flight Planning

If you are flying, plan for enough time between flights to accommodate your transfer if you have a stop-over. I usually look for flights with 2-hour layovers. This makes it much less stressful if your first flight runs a bit … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Travel

As I write this section I am sitting in my cabin on a cruise ship anchored in the harbor of Sydney, Australia. I just had a quick dinner while overlooking the famous Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge – … Continue reading

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