When appropriate, we’ll be discussing some of the travel challenges Tim faces because of his disability. We know that even people with similar afflictions won’t have the exact same issues, but we’ll discuss what we encounter so others may know the difficulties some destinations present. We also want to encourage people to travel to places they think might be difficult. You can read about Tim’s experiences and decide for yourself whether a place is right for you.
To let you know where Tim stands:
1) He’s legally blind and has a white cane. Outside of the U.S. this phrase doesn’t mean much so we usually say he’s partially blind. Both eyes have different problems. Let’s just say his vision is crap. These problems will be getting slowly worse over time. This is part of the reason we’re traveling now, so he can still see some of the things there are to see. Honestly, though, there are a lot of places we go where he just can’t see the cool things, like murals behind the Buddha statue and details in the architecture.
2) In June 2018, while we were in Laos, Tim fell and broke his leg. While this is temporary, it has given us some insight into wheelchair challenges and travel in certain locations. We’ll share what we’ve encountered and we invite people who are more significantly wheelchair bound to share their experiences.
3) He’s a Type 1 diabetic (since he was 18 months old), overweight and hypertensive. While these aren’t disabilities, they contribute to his overall health situation and make us very aware of the quality of medical supplies and care in the places we travel. These things will come up sometimes and will be part of the overall discussion.
Disabled travel is challenging. We hope sharing Tim’s story will give you both inspiration and information that will aid your travels in the future. If he can do it, so can you. You just have to find a trip that suits your needs. Maybe you’ll find your next destination here.