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Accessible Travel is a Celebration of Possibility
By: John Morris | December 10th 2017, 6:00 pm
John Morris

John Morris is a triple amputee, wheelchair user and one of the leading authorities on accessible travel. He shares his knowledge and seeks to open the world to all through his website, WheelchairTravel.org.

d8e696b35dcfbfa90936257daf3da896Five years ago, I was involved in a car accident that stole much of my physical ability. My new reality became that of an amputee, wheelchair user and burn survivor. This sudden change in my status was at first difficult to process.

Accepting a new physical identity was challenging. I wasn’t sure how I would fit into society or maintain personal relationships with a disability. Worse, the term “possibility” seemed foreign, and I felt as though the promise of potential had disappeared from my life in an instant. Fortunately, I was wrong.

My first trip as a wheelchair user – from Florida to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, opened my eyes to the possibility that does exist. After just one trip, I knew that my fears of spending the rest of my life in bed weren’t reasonable. I had already completed one journey, and I knew that so much more of the world was just a flight away.

Discovering the possibilities that come from accepting and adapting to a new physical condition are great, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. Through travel, I have also been able to embrace new people, cultures and experiences that I could never have dreamed of.

Through my website, WheelchairTravel.org, I aim to open the world to my peers in the disability community. That means sharing the destinations, activities and experiences I’ve found to be accessible. From Beijing to Bangkok, Cairo to Cape Town, Milwaukee to Moscow – the world is waiting for you, wheelchair and all.

The experiences that are accessible to those of us with disabilities will surprise you. Zip-lining in Las Vegas? Check. Riding a camel in Egypt? It’s possible. Going to the top of the world’s tallest building in Dubai? Not a problem. Seeing the Big Buddha from a cable car in Hong Kong? You bet. Cruising the canals of Amsterdam? I’ve done it.

Like Miriam and the team at accessibleGO, I view travel as one of the best gateways to possibility for people with disabilities. In spite of the challenges that are sure to surface, disability doesn’t have to mean an end to opportunity. Everyone deserves a vacation, and there is no reason you shouldn’t enjoy one too.

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