DN49: Pack your Bags for Accessible Travel


Recently, Larry Wagner and I spoke on his radio program Disability Nation. We recorded a two-part interview on Inclusive Travel. Part one aired December 6 and is available as a podcast (show DN 49). You will find the show available in various formats at this page at Disability Nation.

Posted: 06 Dec 2007 07:02 PM CST

Each year, people with disabilities in the United States and around the world spend billions on travel and tourism. Insuring that the journey and destination are accessible and meet your needs is a big part of planning for people with disabilities. In this, the first of two episodes examining travel and disability, we will learn more about ways you can make your next trip a better experience.

Hotel rooms that wind up not being accessible, cruise ships without relieving areas for service animals, rental car companies that forget to include the hand controls that you ordered…sometimes, the list of things people with disabilities need to worry about when traveling can seem never ending. Yet, those of us with disabilities spend billions each year on flights, hotel reservations, trips to the resort and on other travel and tourism related expenses.

This episode is the first in a two part series examining issues related to travel and disability. Whether you're traveling to visit family and friends this holiday season or venturing to warmer climates on a much needed vacation, this two-part series will give you the information you need to make your trip a great experience. The shows feature practical tips and advice that you will find helpful as you plan your adventure.

This episode features an interview with Scott Rains. Scott is a seasoned traveler and publishes the Rolling Rains Report, a blog examining issues related to travel, disability and universal design. The blog covers these issues from an international perspective and is published on a daily basis. Scott joins me to discuss how to research accessibility at your destination, how best to make travel arrangements, issues to consider even before you book your trip, and how to resolve problems that you might encounter while traveling. He also shares some of his personal experiences and tricks for increasing the likelihood that your trip will be a success.

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