• SCI Awareness,  Travel,  Wheelie True Stories

    Top 10 Travel Month Highlights

    Thank you for taking a trip with us this month as we dream of one day travelling again! We have learned a lot and have compiled a top ten highlight list from this month’s blog posts!  “Know that things will go wrong no matter how much you plan! Even in the tough moments we try to think of it as an adventure.” -Dee from Accessible Adventurers. Read the full interview with Dee here. In Chelsea’s blog post she discusses the difficulties of shedding guilt while traveling with her spouse. “Look, yes it’s a little sad when you can’t experience some things with the person you love but you’ll regret not going…

  • Wheelie True Stories

    Q&A with Dee from Accessible Adventurers

    Dee is a fellow Canadian Wheel Love, living in Nova Scotia with her partner Kevin. Together, they have created Accessible Adventurers and post content about traveling in a wheelchair. Make sure to check out their social media channels to learn all their tips, tricks, and accessible vacation destinations! You can find them on Facebook @Accessible Adventurers, Instagram @accessibleadventurers and on YouTube Accessible Adventurers Tell us a bit about your love story? Kevin and I met in 2013 when I was working as a sailing instructor for the adaptive sailing program in Halifax. We became great friends and started dating in the fall of 2014. Right from the start we realized…

  • 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…

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    Leaving on a Jet Plane – Tips and Tricks

    Planning a trip can be stressful at the best of times. Planning a trip when you have to take accessibility concerns into account adds an extra level to that stress, but it is so worth it! We love to travel with our wheel love’s and have gotten a lot of requests to do a post on travel, so we thought we would start off with some of our travel tips and tricks. Do your research. Check out where you want to travel too; google, blogs and forums are all great resources when your looking to see how accessible a certain destination is. Also look into the things that you are…