8 Inspiring Disability Travel Bloggers To Follow Today
As we’ve previously written about, traveling with a disability can be a challenging experience. While cities, airlines, hotels, and tourist attractions have made strides in improving their accessibility over the years – many barriers still remain for those who aren’t able-bodied.
That’s why we’re inspired to see so many travel bloggers sharing their experiences, stories, and advice on overcoming the accessibility challenges they face.
They prove that the wonder of travel, meeting new people, exploring new places, and experiencing new cultures is not something that anyone is or should be excluded from, no matter their personal circumstances.
There are many accessibility blogs online today, and we appreciate anyone with the courage to put their voice out there. Unfortunately, we cannot list them all here – but we can present our 8 favorite, unique, and inspiring bloggers with disabilities worth your follow today! We hope you can also derive inspiration from the experiences, stories, and advice these bloggers share.
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Our 8 Favorite Disability Travel Blogs
Simply Emma is a travel and disability blog run by, as the name suggests, Emma. Emma is an ardent traveler and blogger that writes about a wide range of topics, including guides to accessible cities, hotel reviews, lifestyle tips, and more.
While Emma lives in Scotland with her partner, they have traveled to many places across Europe (and beyond!), including Barcelona, Vienna, and Paris. Emma has shared her experiences and tips from each of these cities, and they are great reading for anyone intended to go to them.
As Emma writes on her website, while she uses a wheelchair, that “certainly hasn’t stopped [her] from travelling and living life” the way she wants to. And as her website proves, she very much means it!
Our Favorite Simply Emma Blog Post
Paris is a beautiful city, but its star attraction, the Eiffel tower, is sadly only wheelchair accessible up to the 2nd floor. In this article, Emma outlines a number of alternative, just as amazing, wheelchair accessible attractions in Paris.
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The Chronic Traveller (Jenny Wren)
The Chronic Traveller is a blog about traveling with chronic illnesses, disabilities and invisible diseases, run by Jenny Wren. Jenny writes about a range of things, including her experiences in different places and cities, and specifically about traveling with IBD.
While currently based in Barcelona, Jenny has traveled across the globe. Visiting cities in Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa. What we like most about Jenny’s writing is that she doesn’t hold back – she is honest about her experiences, even the unfortunate ones.
The goal of Jenny’s website is to raise awareness of IBD and other chronic illnesses (Jenny has Ulcerative Colitis and Arthritis), and how they affect people. We think she’s doing a great job, and we look forward to reading about her further travels across Europe this Autumn.
Our Favorite The Chronic Traveller Blog Post
In this article, Jenny shares her experiences finding accessible toilets in Trentino, Italy. The article is informative and useful, but the reason we love it is simply the last line, which we think speaks for itself:
Italy, I am frowning at you in disappointment. Your toilets are terrible.
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Cool website name, right?
Cory Lee is another traveler passionate about exploring the world. He’s already managed 6 continents, which means there is only 1 left – but will that stop Cory? Nope. His Bucket List is stilled packed with destinations and activities for the future.
Despite using a wheelchair as a result of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Cory has traveled incredibly far and wide, and his experiences are always enlightening to read. He writes a wide variety of content, including accessibility guides, tips, and lists of attractions worth checking out.
Cory has a substantial following on his blog, with many posts receiving tons of comments, likes, and shares. It’s clear that there’s something about Cory’s writing, experiences, and adventures that people relate with – you can count us as one of them!
Our Favorite Curb Free With Cory Lee Blog Post
Why is this our favorite? Well, we love Disney World too! But beyond that, Cory does an excellent job of explaining just how accessible the park is (including many of the rides!). Perhaps not as romantic a travel destination as a city like Paris, but Disney World is magical – and it is a magic that everyone can experience.
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Wheels No Heels (Gem Hubbard)
We only discovered Gem Hubbard’s Wheels No Heels Youtube Channel very recently after stumbling across one of her vlogs posted to Reddit – but we adored her instantly and love what she’s doing.
Gemma has a warm, friendly, aura and it really shows in all of her videos where she discusses (and shows) a range of topics from flying internationally as a wheelchair user to the obnoxious questions she frequently gets asked.
While a vlogger rather than a blogger, and not entirely focused on travel – Gemma’s output is too good to leave off our list. She shares unique, impactful, and helpful travel experiences that are always pleasant to watch.
Our Favorite Wheels No Heels Vlog
A perfect complement to Cory Lee’s post above, in this vlog (which is part of a wider number of vlogs from the same trip) Gemma shows just how accessible Disney Theme Parks are.
Side Note: I really want to try one of those Disney donuts now.
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While the other blogs we’ve featured tend to be solo endeavors, Smiths Holiday Road is a family affair run by, you guessed it, the Smiths.
The Smiths, a family of five, have traveled across the globe to countries like Vietnam, Finland, and the country in which we are based: New Zealand. They share their experiences and tips from their adventures across the world.
One thing that makes the Smiths family travel blog unique is that the eldest child in the family, Cooper, uses a wheelchair. This raises some challenges, but nothing the Smiths haven’t been able to overcome.
Our Favourite Smiths Holiday Road Blog Post
Jumping into first-person for a second: Before I moved to New Zealand, which is now my home, I also traveled the country, with my family, in a van. That was a stressful experience – but the Smiths make it all look like a breeze!
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The Bimblers is a chronic illness and travel blog run by the inspirationally perseverant Rob and Bridget Bimbler. Because of their illnesses, the couple have had to put their travel plans on hold recently – but their website is still a treasure trove of travel tips and more general advice on living with chronic illnesses.
While, as above, the Bimblers do not travel so much these days, they have kept their site active and frequently put out useful, actionable, advice for those living with a disability – and we hope they continue to do so.
Our Favourite Bimblers Blog Post
If you’re looking for accessible things to do in Liverpool, this is the post you need to read. Merseyside may not be everyone’s top travel destination in the UK, but after reading Rob’s article – maybe it should be!
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Rexy Edventures (Ed Rex)
Rexy Edventures is a travel blog through which Ed Rex shares his experiences and advice from his adventures across the world. Alternatively, as Ed states in his author byline, he “chronicles the ‘Adventures of a Deaf and Handsome Luxury Backpacker Travelling the Unexpected.’”.
Ed has a lot of experience blogging, he’s been writing for over 8 years, and his website is packed with stories, travel tips, reviews, and more. Being deaf, Ed also has a lot of great content addressing travelling with a cochlear implant.
Our Favorite Rexy Edventures Adventure
This page is unlike lots of the more usual generalized advice. In it, Ed shares his experience getting a cochlear implant. It’s a touching, personal story worth checking out.
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Free Wheelin’ (Karin Willison)
Finally, we share the lovely Karin Willison, author of FREE WHEELIN’.
Karin is an avid traveler, expressing a personal inclination to road trips. She writes about her experiences traveling with Cerebral Palsy and how she has had her fair share of adversity.
Karin writes a variety of different types of articles, including many guides and reviews. She travels with her electric wheelchair – so she has a lot of knowledge of accessibility in various cities across America. Check it out!
Our Favorite Free Wheelin’ Blog Post
In this post, Karin shares her experience attending Disability Pride in New York City. As with all blogs, it’s nice to feel authors just share their thoughts and feelings – and Karin does it perfectly here.
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