We are racking up a very diverse list of Travel Q&As, my friends!
Thank you for embracing this new section so wholeheartedly.
It’s a great way of tapping into your real needs so I can tap into my own knowledge and experience, gained over decades of travel, to provide you with some real solutions.
Just to refresh your memory, over the past few weeks we’ve covered the following topics:
- ‘the ultimate traveller’s handbag’
- ‘tips for taking kids on a plane to Thailand’
- ‘enrolling children in a primary school abroad’ and
- ‘gay-friendly cruise ships’.
Right, here is my response to this week’s reader question…
Reader Question from Pamela:
Thanks for the email. I have several pieces of advice for you.
The company says it understands “both the difficulties that a disabled holiday maker can face and the worry that this causes” and says its job “is to take away that worry by providing you with all the support you need at every step including choosing, booking, preparing to go, travelling, holidaying and coming home”.
There is nothing stopping you now, Pamela!
FYI, the site’s About Us page says the site was launched in 2001 “by a bright lady called Sian (Welsh for Jane and pronounced Shahn). Sian has suffered since childhood with Peroneal Muscular Atrophy (CMT). Her own difficulties over the years looking through countless brochures at tempting cottages, guest houses, hotels and caravans, but not finding any information that would enable HER with HER disability to decide whether it would be suitable for HER holiday led to a sense of hopeless frustration.
“Just over eight years ago, after many years experience working in the holiday industry, a personal ultimate frustration of lack of detail led Sian to wonder whether she could do something about it and help everyone – and it is estimated that there are now over 9 million plus of us suffering from some sort of impairment.”
There you go again – someone with an overdose of entrepreneurial smarts, making their passion their profession. Bravo!
The website goes on: “After much research Sian was able to launch this Disabled Holiday Directory website. Still working from home, but ably supported by her husband John and Peter her PA, she has been helping people find the holidays they really want. In June 2008 Sian decided to retire and sold the web site to its current owner who wants to continue the ethos of the website into the next decade. In recognition of Sian’s commitment to this business in its first decade of existence we have included the following page to tell Sian’s story.”
And, Pamela, you must also listen to our podcast, from 2017, which was all about accessible travel. You can listen right here.
We spoke to Martin Heng, the Accessible Travel Manager at Lonely Planet; Maurice Gleeson, President of Blind Sports Victoria, who lost his sight following an accident when he was 14; and John Coutis who was born with a rare form of spina bifida leaving his legs useless. At 18, John made the decision to amputate his legs, he now gets around with the use of a specially padded skateboard. John speaks all around the world to tens of thousands, sharing his story and inspiring people to get out there and do their best.
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