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All things accessibility and travel – all in one place. Find accessible travel tips, destination guides, company news, and accessibility-related articles here. When you’re ready to explore the world without limits, explore all the destinations and experiences Wheel the World has to offer. 

 

Two women, one in a power wheelchair, stroll along the beach on a pathway.

Top U.S. Destinations for an Accessible Self-Care Trip

Life has a way of bogging people down, presenting emotional, physical, and mental strains that can seem overwhelming. There always seems to be something to do, preventing much-needed rest and relaxation. Too often, people don’t give themselves permission to slow down or practice any form of self-care. Allotting little or no time for self-care is...
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My Experience with Wheelchair Accessible Cruises

I have been cruising for more than forty years, the last eleven working as a guest speaker on Celebrity, P&O, Princess Cruises, Cunard, Cruise and Maritime, Fred Olsen and Royal Caribbean. Twenty-five years ago I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, after which I began to notice the lack of information available for people with limited...
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Wheelchair Accessible Iceland: Exploring Iceland’s Southwestern Coast

My name is Adele, I am Italian and live in Naples, Italy, with my husband Angelo. I am a disabled person who uses a wheelchair to move around. My husband and I love traveling very much, and in 39 years of marriage, we have taken many journeys in Italy, Europe and North America. We are...
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Wheel the World Academy: Accessible Tourism Training

What is Wheel the World Academy? Wheel the World Academy is an online training program created for professionals in the tourism industry. Participants will gain knowledge about disabilities, accessibility, and best practices in accessible tourism. How it all began In December 2016, we were part of the first expedition to complete the W circuit in...
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10 Must Do Accessible Activities in Barcelona

It’s no wonder Barcelona is one of the world’s most popular tourism destinations. Barcelona is famous for its Gaudi architecture, modernism, Mediterranean culture, beaches, and food scene – but did you know that it is a leading destination in accessible tourism? In recent years Catalonia has worked hard to eliminate communicational and architectural barriers in...
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Wheelchair Accessible Hotels Italy: 6 Places to Stay on Your Next Trip

Italy has unsurprisingly been a top destination to travel for centuries now. It is and has been a cultural capital since the Renaissance, with a long list of famous artists, a vast architectural trajectory, and world-renowned cuisine. Who hasn’t eaten a pasta dish with the authentic tomato sauce, Pomodoro? Everyone should experience Italy, and we’ve...
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House-Sitting: An Alternative Accommodation Option as a Wheelchair User

When we decided to slow-travel the world as a family of 4 (my daughter was born with Spina Bifida and is a wheelchair user), we realized that we don’t have the budget to pay for accommodation and car hire for longer periods. Being from South Africa means that our currency is very weak against the...
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Two women, one in a wheelchair, stroll along the paved walkway that lines Miami Beach.

A Peek at Wheelchair Accessible Miami as Your Next Vacation Destination

Miami is famous for many reasons: movies like “Scarface”, starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer and “Raging Bull”, directed by Scorcese, are set in Miami, a city whose identity is so well defined that it becomes a true character in the plot. The crime series “Miami Vice” and the book “Miami” by Joan Didion are...
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Accessible Hotels Amsterdam: Where to Stay in the City Full of Culture

It’s no wonder Amsterdam is one of the most visited cities in Europe. It is said to be the city with the most culture per capita. With its picturesque buildings lining beautiful canals, history and art running through the city’s veins, and wheels (bikes) being the preferred way to get around, Amsterdam makes an exciting...
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7 Accessible Attractions in Europe to Celebrate Cultural Heritage

Welcome to the most accessible weekend in Europe! September 2021 will see museums, churches, galleries and other venues all across Europe open their doors to the public, free of charge. Accessible attractions across the continent will offer special events. This continent-wide festival is known as the ‘Journées du Patrimoine’ or ‘European Heritage Days’, and is...
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Holiday in Paris: The best wheelchair accessible hotel rooms

We all want to have a stress-free holiday or business trip, but traveling in a wheelchair needs more careful planning. There are so many things to think of and to check when booking a hotel! Most wheelchair users who have visited Paris agree that it is a well-adapted and “easy to roll in” city. Make...
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an overhead shot of the entrance to the Santa Monica pier. An arched sign over a street reads Santa Monica, cars drive underneath it. Just beyond the sign is a ferris wheel and various attractions on the pier over the water.

Wheel Life, Visiting Santa Monica

There are a seemingly endless number of activities to explore, in Santa Monica — even better, it’s an extremely wheelchair accessible city. Most of the popular visitor attractions are wheelchair-friendly, and there are a plethora of public parks, attractions, restaurants, and overnight accommodations around town for locals and visitors alike to enjoy an accessible trip...
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The Marathon to Make the World Accessible

Since I was a little boy I had dreamed of entrepreneurship, inspired by the trajectory of my grandparents, parents and siblings. At the age of 18 my whole life became an entrepreneurship in itself. I was in a car accident that left me quadriplegic, leaving my body paralyzed from the shoulders down. Like all entrepreneurial...
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Adaptive Equipment Making Adventure Accessible for All

Movement is a strong source of happiness. Whether it is just going to the park or traveling to another country, it gives us energy and freedom. Since I can remember, my dad used to take me to the forest for walks, that eventually became hikes, that somehow shaped a part of who I am today,...
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A group of three men and two women sitting at a table working on their computers. One man is in a wheelchair. One woman looks at the screen of the person on her right and smiles.

How the Pandemic Almost Destroyed our Company and How We Came Out Stronger

It was early March 2020 when I realized we were going to be struck by the worst event we never expected: a terrible pandemic that was going close down countries, tourism, and perhaps our company.  I still remember the frustration of how the growth we were experiencing before the COVID 19 suddenly stopped and all...
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