Wise Blue Yonder


Oct 2023

Traveling the world is a dream we all share. The promise of adventure, cultural enrichment, and unforgettable experiences. However, for people with limited mobility — or any physical challenges really — the dream of traveling comes with an all-too-real nightmare of challenges and fears. Think about someone you love who has a physical or mental challenge. Have you ever asked them to go on a trip with you? And did they say no? Chances are they did. Do you have challenges that prevent you from taking that trip yourself?

Let’s delve into the biggest fears of traveling with limited mobility and explore strategies to overcome them so you can confidently and safely book that trip you’ve had your eye on.


One of the biggest fears for travelers with limited mobility and disabilities is encountering inaccessible locations. Inaccessible accommodations, transportation, and tourist attractions can quickly turn a dream trip into a logistical nightmare. Ramps, elevators, and accessible bathroom facilities may not always be readily available in certain destinations, leaving travelers feeling excluded and frustrated. Speaking from experience, it’s downright embarrassing to get somewhere only to learn it’s not physically possible to participate. (Ask me about the time I tried to swim with dolphins in a large group setting!)

How to overcome it:

Do your research and plan ahead. Don’t be afraid to ask all the questions you need to ask for you and your traveling companion(s) to feel informed, safe and confident. We’ve even gone so far as to ask people to FaceTime with us so we can see specific locations, venues, pool areas, etc. Leverage our growing list of tools at Wise Blue Yonder to ask the right questions as you chart your trip.



We don’t talk often about this, but having a disability comes with a social stigma and sometimes even discrimination. Unfortunately, people with disabilities often encounter insensitive or ignorant behavior from others while traveling. People don’t mean to be this way, but we as a human race just haven’t done a great job of building acceptance and equality for people of all abilities.

How to overcome it:

Be a part of the solution! Advocate for yourself and loved ones when necessary; everyone should have equal access to all travel destinations. Be aware of your rights if necessary. Familiarize yourself with the laws and regulations regarding disability rights in your destination country, and don’t hesitate to assert your rights if you encounter discrimination. Educating others about your specific needs and raising awareness about accessibility issues will contribute to a more inclusive travel experience for all. Together, we make a difference!



Traveling with mobility aids such as wheelchairs, scooters, or crutches can be a source of anxiety. I had no idea how difficult it is to fly with a wheelchair or scooter! Several colleagues who travel with wheelchairs have had harrowing airport adventures. My colleague John Morris said, “when you damage my chair, it’s like breaking my legs.” The same goes for access to medications and other assistive devices you may need for your trip.

How to overcome it:

Driving or taking a train minimizes risks associated with what you can bring and whether it gets damaged. Bring extra parts or tools with you to handle any mishaps.

If you are flying, communicate as clearly as possible with gate agents, TSA and airline staff about your needs. Invest in high-quality travel-friendly equipment that is durable and lightweight. Carry essential spare parts and tools if you can. Carry as much as you can with you. For example, medications can be brought on the plane with you. For liquids and batteries, be sure to check ahead on the airline’s policies. Websites have gotten much better at providing information about what you can travel with.  You can even consider shipping what you may need by priority mail with tracking to be absolutely sure you will have what you need when you get to your destination.

Before you go, identify medical equipment facilities and pharmacies close to where you are staying and be aware of what you can rent or purchase if the need arises. It will alleviate a lot of the stress of the “what-ifs”.



Have you ever been on a trip and gotten the flu? Motion sick? Its’ not fun. The fear of experiencing health complications for people who already face health complications on a daily basis is even more scary, especially when access to medical facilities and the resources you often rely on may be limited or unfamiliar.

How to overcome it:

Consult with your healthcare providers before your trip. Discuss your travel plans, potential health risks, and the availability of medical services at your destination. Ensure that you have an adequate supply of necessary medications and carry relevant medical documents and contact information in case of emergencies. Before you go, identify the nearest hospital and urgent care and check with your insurance provider on coverage. Chances are you won’t ever need it, but if you do, you’ll be much better prepared (and less worried).

Having a well-thought-out health plan can provide peace of mind and minimize anxiety during your travels.



This seems crazy, right? You’re on the trip of a lifetime with people you care about. How on earth can one be lonely? Not being able to engage in social activities or having to “sit out” on the travel experiences everyone else is having can leave one feeling isolated and lonely. As a traveler with limited mobility, I would never want those who travel with me to miss out because of my abilities. But if I am being honest, I do feel left out sometimes. I encourage my friends and family to go have those experiences! Ideally though, the itinerary we create keeps this in mind so everyone can participate in some way.

How to overcome it:

When you look around you, you’ll find so many ways to accommodate all people of all abilities. There are adaptive skiing instructors, accessible beaches, and tourist groups who are dedicated to helping people with limited abilities explore. Get in touch with Wise Blue Yonder and we’ll provide or help find vetted resources for you. They are there for us all to enjoy!

Also leverage online platforms and online communities like Wise Blue Yonder’s Community to connect with other travelers with limited mobility, exchange tips, and form connections before, during, and after your trip. Hanging out with like-minded travelers equips you with the tips and tricks, and the confidence, to plan and take that trip!


Wrapping it up

Traveling with limited mobility undoubtedly poses some unique challenges, but it is far from impossible. And it’s totally worth it!


Acknowledge and address your fears. Do the work to make your trip work for you and those you love. All people – from mature adults and seniors to parents with strollers, to people with limited mobility or any type of disability can safely and confidently enjoy travel.


Get out there! Explore new horizons. Create lasting memories. Enjoy all that our beautiful world has to offer.

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