• SCI Awareness,  Travel,  Wheelie True Stories

    Shed the Guilt

    *Warning* This blog post is not whiney or negative in any sort of way, in fact it is quite the opposite. Bear with me as I walk, or wheel, you through one of the hardest yet most valuable lessons of dating and loving someone in a wheelchair.  Welcome to travel month, Wheel Loves! If we can’t currently travel at least we can dream, plan and talk about it! Travel was never really a priority in my life or something I really thought about…until I met James. Within 3 years of us dating we had travelled all around the US and around the Mediterranean. My worldly experiences exploded when I met…

  • SCI Awareness,  Travel,  Wheelie True Stories

    Travel: Then and Now

    Travelling for us was always an escape from reality; a time to recharge. We could leave our responsibilities behind us and explore new places or return to our favourite vacation spots. There was always some pre-planning required, but the effort was as minimal or as detailed as we chose it to be. The biggest obstacle was lining up our work calendars to match up our vacation days. After that, it was pretty much smooth sailing. Like anyone else, we expected and experienced minor issues such like flight delays, getting through on connecting flights on time and the possibility of bad weather that could hinder some of our plans. We travelled…

  • SCI Awareness,  Travel,  Wheelie True Stories

    Wheel Love Wanderlust

    Travel has always called to me. We didn’t do tons of it when I was a child, but what we did do had an impact on me. My parents took us on some epic trips as a child. One of my fondest trip memories as a child was when we traveled, by car, to Disneyland. There was no air conditioning traveling by car with 6 people in it (we had taken with us my 16 year old aunt), we were camping along the way in a tent trailer, and we traveled all the way down the Pacific Coast Highway from Vancouver to Tijuana playing the game “up up up we go, down down down…

  • SCI Awareness,  Travel,  Wheelie True Stories

    Travelling With A SCI

    With all my second-hand experience, I feel like I could write a book on this topic. Let’s start with some positives! The first time Cara and I went on a trip together I quickly realized there are a lot of advantages to travelling with someone with a SCI. Priority at the airport! Skipping all those check-in/security/custom lines really is the best. As soon as staff spots someone in a wheelchair they seem to come out of nowhere and whisk you down all these secret hallways and elevators and then BOOM! You’ve magically arrived at your gate. Being the first ones on the plane is nice too. You really get to bond…

  • SCI Awareness,  Travel,  Wheelie True Stories

    Best Laid Plans

    For decades, travel has always been an activity that both my husband and I have prioritized and saved carefully for year-round. We have worked very hard to make this happen and as a consequence have been blessed with some amazing adventures along the way. We long ago decided that next to nothing will ever stop our passion for continued travel and bucket-list adventures – including the fact that Pierre now uses a wheelchair. Adjusting and adapting to accessible travel has been very interesting, to say the least. In fact, some of our best successes (and fails) have proven to be almost as entertaining as the actual trips themselves!  I have…