In all honesty, it took me a long time until I was ready to invite clients to join a group trip whether cruise or land. As a disabled traveler, I wasn’t sure that others with mobility disabilities would enjoy traveling with a large group of people using wheelchairs or scooters. Boy, was I wrong! It was the encouragement of my clients and peers who convinced me to undertake this task. It all started at an Amputee Coalition Conference a few years ago when I was approached by one member to put together a cruise for amputees. This was quickly followed by a request to do a cruise for young adults with Spina Bifida. BINGO! Both cruises were huge successes and were followed by repeat events. We are now doing our groups for anyone with mobility disabilities, their families and friends regardless of type of disability.
I believe our success is a result of the instant bond that is formed among those of us who travel a little differently and perhaps a little slower. Young or old, we understand and relate to each other and have immense compassion for each person’s individual situation. We are accepting and kind. If you haven’t already done so, I suggest you consider joining one of our group trips in the future. I believe you will be very happy with your decision.