GoAbroad is dedicated to promoting accessible meaningful travel. There is no limit on the ways travel changes lives and opens us up to the world around us. Traveling with a disability may seem tricky at first with a little extra planning, but the logistics of it shouldn’t, and won’t, prevent you from enjoying life on the road. That’s why we’ve put together this ebook, Meaningful Travel Tips & Tales: Travelers with Disability.
As part of GoAbroad’s push for more inclusivity in travel, our writers share their personal experiences, resources, and expert advice about traveling with a disability.
As a deaf traveler, obviously there are language barriers when communicating with local hearing people who don’t sign or speak English. In that case, I just whip out my handy smartphone and open up the “Google Translator” app to translate written English into their language. This was particularly useful when I was traveling alone in a small town in France where not one person spoke English, and I was struggling to find my host’s apartment.” – Sheila Xu
Disability does not define a person’s life and does not equate to obstacles and prevention from doing good work. Persons with disabilities can find ways to tear down the walls by finding alternative ways to function in their own bodies. You, as a person with a disability, have unique skills, and both volunteers and locals can learn so much from you.” – Rachel Chaikof
Whether it’s talking about the importance of travel insurance, the best channels to go through to find out your individual rights in your host country, and how to arrange necessary accommodations, our writers have done it all and are happy to share their insider knowledge about traveling with a disability with you!
Travel is not one size fits all. We believe the dominant narrative in travel and international education needs to shift to be more inclusive, and look outside the lens of your typical go-getter, able-bodied, happy-go-lucky, nothing-ever-goes-wrong-or-is-hard traveler. So, while you might need to do a little extra research to ensure that your hostel is wheelchair accessible, or make sure the museum has video guides or sign language interpreters, none of this should stop you from embarking on your big adventure abroad. You can travel, study, intern, teach, and volunteer abroad, but most importantly, you can thrive while doing it.