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Accessible travel tips

Are you caring for someone who is hard of hearing or vision-impaired? A wheelchair user or slow walker? Fibromyalgia, MS or spinal-cord injury? None of these should stop you and the person you are caring for from experiencing the joy and benefits of travel. Travel is for all, no matter what the abilities or limitations. The first barrier to stop many people who have access issues or a disability from travelling is a lack of information, combined with a fear of the unknown.

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Lonely Planet has the largest list of online resources for accessible travel. Updated biannually, it provides in easy-to-read text:

  • Country-by-country resources from national and local government and tourism bodies, as well as disabled people’s organisations
  • A wealth of experience of travelling with a disability from almost 50 personal travel blogs
  • Dozens of specialised accessible travel agents and tour operators from 40 countries around the world
  • Top travel tips for travelling with access issues
  • Advice from experienced travellers with a disability
  • Leads and links to disability-specific advice and support
  • Websites dedicated to the theory and promotion of accessible travel

Visit Lonely Planet's Travel for All for more tips on accessible travel. You can also download their resources for free.

If you wish to contribute any information to add to the site, contact Martin Heng at travelforall@lonelyplanet.com.au.