Summer Vacation Destinations for Wheelchair Users in 2015
Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on May 26, 2015. 0 Comments
Summer of 2015 is finally here! It is one of the best times of year to go on vacation. The weather is warm and the sun is shining bright which quickly melts away those winter blues. There are a variety of wheelchair accessible vacation destinations that will make your trip more enjoyable and memorable this summer. Pack your bags, grab your passport and other travel documents and book your reservations. It’s time to visit fun and unique places around the globe. Airlines, cruise ships, buses, trains and even taxis now have special amenities to accommodate those that travel in wheelchairs. This is the perfect time to start planing your trip and seeing the world - even in your wheelchair. Our 2015 guide to summer vacation destinations for wheelchair users will bring you on your journey to creating a perfect trip that allows you to see all of the fun and interesting spots you never though possible.
Top Wheelchair Accessible World Destinations
Below are some of the top summer vacation destinations around the world for wheelchair users that have special amenities and accommodations for wheelchair-bound people. Here is a list below of the most handicap-friendly destinations around the world.
- Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia
- Stonehenge in England
- Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia
- Congaree National Park near Gadsden, South Carolina
- Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Rocky Mountain National Park close to Estes Park, Colorado
- The Louvre in Paris, France
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City
- The Science Museum in London, England
- Tate Modern Museum in London, England
- The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan
- Legoland in Carlsbad, California
- Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, Texas
- Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida
- Disneyland in California
- Major historical sites in Israel
- Safari’s in South Africa
- Avalon and Stone Harbor beach in New Jersey
- Rehoboth Beach in Delaware
- Ludington State Park in Ludington, Michigan
- Kailua Beach Park in Honolulu, Hawaii
- Hanauma Bay in Honolulu, Hawaii
- La Jolla Shores in San Diego, California
- Silver strand State Beach in Coronado, California
- Ocean Beach in San Diego, California
- Kings Island Amusement Park near Cincinnati, Ohio
- The University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor, Michigan
- The Skydeck in Chicago’s Willis Tower in downtown Chicago, Illinois
- The Alaska Marine Highway System in Ketchikan, Alaska
Before packing for your summer trip contact the airlines, bus, train and cruise ship companies to inquire about their requirements for luggage size and weight. A go-to travel piece is the KD Smart Chair travel luggage case. Check the weather forecast for your destination and pack accordingly. Always consider that sporadic rain showers and storms appear and disappear quickly in a variety of vacation destinations. It’s always good to pack a rain coat even if it’s not in the weather forecast.
Wheelchair Travel Requirements
Trains, cruise ships, buses and airlines have specific wheelchair travel regulations. Even if you have used the specific company before it is always wise to check for updated details so you can be prepared. They tend to adjust the rules frequently depending on mandatory safety travel rules set in place by state and government regulators. The most common regulation is electric wheelchair batteries. Since there are a variety of batteries used for wheelchairs such as spillable , Non-spillable and Lithium ion, be aware that this may become an issue if you currently use a non-regulated travel battery. To learn more about different wheelchair travel requirements, please check out our guide to traveling with wheelchairs.
Lost or Damaged Wheelchairs
This topic is stressful for every wheelchair user, but it is a part of traveling. Your wheelchair can become lost, stolen or damaged during your trip. Airlines, trains, bus companies and cruise lines have a system in place for lost, damaged or stolen items. Take pictures of your wheelchair and of each individual accessory such as the cup holder and phone holder. Use the date and time feature on your camera to prove that the picture was taken immediately prior to departing. Carry your camera with you in your carry-on bag to assure you have it at all times. Immediately report your wheelchair missing or damaged and request personal assistance and a temporary replacement while the situation is being resolved.
Emergency Contact List
This is just for precaution but you will feel thankful if you ever have to use the list. Prepare an emergency contact list prior to your departure. Create a list of up to three to five emergency contacts. Provide their cell phone number, mailing address and email address. Alert the people on your list that you have named them on your emergency contact list for your trip. It is also wise to give one of them copies of your passport and other travel documents. Always provide this list to the airline, cruise ship, train or bus companies prior to departure.
Prepare ahead of time for your summer trip and make things go as smooth as possible. Enjoy visiting a variety of destinations and don’t forget to add helpful wheelchair accessories such as the KD Smart Chair flashlight, lithium ion battery power charger, mesh carrier, phone carrying case, cup holder and travel luggage case. Make your summer travel plans today and explore the world!