Foreword

I have to admit that when Candy asked me to introduce her book, I thought she’d sent her invitation to the wrong person. I’m no expert on disability issues and travel, although I’ve written an article or two about it in the past (with Candy’s generous help). Nor am I a disability rights activist in the traditional sense of the word.

But as I read her remarkable work, I began to understand. Candy’s belief that destinations should be accessible to everyone. It comes through in every word and every chapter. As a consumer advocate, it’s a conviction I share. But on a more personal level, 22 Accessible Road Trips transcends the traditional definition of accessibility and the traditional audience for such a book. And I’m all about challenging conventions.

Sure, you’ll find important information about getting around if you’re in a wheelchair or use a walker. As someone who travels with my retired parents and my 93-year-old grandmother with some regularity, I found that to be useful information. But as the father of three young kids, and with memories of packing a double stroller in the recent past, I wish she’d written 22 Accessible Road Trips a few years ago. It would have come in handy for us youngsters, too.

This book will probably resonate with you in another way. Because it’s about driving vacations, which seem to be becoming increasingly popular. I’d rather avoid air travel these days. In fact, as I write this, I’m halfway through an ambitious one-year road trip around the country with my family.

Candy’s spare but engaging writing style give away her background as a wire service reporter (one that we share). She doesn’t waste your time. I like that. I think you will, too.

I think I’ve said enough. Why don’t we get right to it?

Christopher Elliott
Editor at Large
National Geographic Traveler

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