Although road trips are a good choice for anybody who is tired of long airport lines and surly TSA agents; they’re an especially attractive option for wheelchair-users and slow walkers. Says Candy Harrington, author of 22 Accessible Road Trips; Driving Vacations for Wheelers and Slow Walkers, “Not only do road trips offer more freedom and flexibility, but they also allow folks see take things at their own pace and really enjoy the sights along the way. And this can be very important for people who fatigue easily.”
Fatigue aside, road trips offer many other advantages to wheelchair-users and slow walkers. With that in mind, here are a few more plusses to consider, if you’re on the fence about hitting the road on your next vacation.
- You can pack along all the equipment and luggage you need. As long as it can fit into your vehicle, you can take it. And you can bring home fragile souvenirs that you’d never consider taking aboard an airplane.
- When you’re on the road, you can take a restroom break whenever you need it. That’s not always true in the air, especially if the on-board restroom isn’t accessible enough for you.
- You don’t have to worry about the airlines damaging your wheelchair or loosing your luggage. All of your equipment travels with you and it’s only handled by people you know. As an added bonus, you don’t have to worry about theft from your checked baggage.
- You can pack along liquids over three ounces, and you don’t have to worry about TSA agents rifling through your personal items. You also don’t have to endure those manual pat downs by TSA agents. Nobody searches you on a road trip!
- When you take your own vehicle, you’ll always have accessible transportation with you, and you never have to worry about how you’ll get from the airport to the hotel.
- You can take along your attendant, your spouse and even your entire family without having to shell out more money for additional air tickets. As long as they fit in the vehicle, they can travel along for the same price.
- Last but not least, you don’t have to worry about your flight being cancelled due to bad weather, and being stranded in your connecting city. If you hit bad weather on your road trip, you can always alter your itinerary at the last minute. And you never incur any flight change fees in your own vehicle.
22 Accessible Road Trips; Driving Vacations for Wheelers and Slow Walkers, is the world’s first inclusive road trip book; with detailed access information about sights, lodging options, restaurants and roadside attractions on 22 driving routes across America. Available from your favorite bookstore or at www.22AccessibleRoadTrips.com, it’s a good choice for Baby Boomers, couples, families or anybody who wants to hit the road – disabled or able-bodied – as it boasts a wealth of information about fun routes and essential stops along the way. Candy also blogs regularly about accessible travel issues at BarrierFreeTravels.com.