Living with a disability can be a challenge. Society isn’t necessarily set up to offer everyone equal access to a level playing field. In fact, for people with a disability it can often feel the opposite – it’s a playing field filled with narrow entry ways, limited step free access and not enough accessible toilets.

It can be tough enough at home in the UK, but travelling abroad with a disability can sometimes feel like one mountain too high to climb – meaning people could miss out on opportunities to travel, make memories or switch off from the daily grind as a result of a physical disability, or serious injury.

It is true that disabled people have additional travel needs (as unique and individual as they are) that they need to consider when planning a holiday. The one thing they have in common, however, is that planning accessible travel can take a long time. Making sure that the place you want to visit has accessible transport. Ensuring the accommodation has facilities that meet your care needs. Establishing whether attractions, restaurants and generally just navigating the local area on your own safely is possible. It all takes planning, and patience.

Young disabled man in a wheelchair crossing the road.

Luckily, there are lots of incredible disabled travel bloggers out there to inspire you. We’ve listed some of our favourite disability travel bloggers who share accessible travel tips and advice, as well as their own travel experiences, to inspire others with disabilities to follow suit. Learn more about them here.

Simply Emma

Emma is one of the UK’s leading disability bloggers who writes about accessible travel from a wheelchair user’s perspective. Emma has a muscle-wasting condition called Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy, which means she is in a wheelchair, but it hasn’t stopped her from travelling. At Simply Emma, she shares her accessible travel guides for wheelchair users, the safest cities to navigate with a disability, and the top places to go for accessible transport.

Rexy Edventures

Rexy Edventures is an inspiring travel blog for people with disabilities. Ed, the brains behind Rexy Edventures, is profoundly deaf and uses his blog to prove that deaf people can travel independently. At Rexy Edventures, Ed documents his travel blogger life; sharing his experiences in different countries from all over the world, as well as tips and reviews on the best places to eat, stay and explore.

Carrie-Ann Lightley

Carrie-Ann Lightley is a disabled travel blogger who blogs about travelling in the UK and abroad as a wheelchair user. Carrie has cerebral palsy, which means she’s in a wheelchair, but she still manages to travel and take trips to Europe. Carrie’s accessible travel blog inspires other wheelchair users to travel the world with her guides to visiting cities by wheelchair and reviews on the best accessible hotels in the UK.

Curb Free with Cory Lee

If you’ve ever wondered ‘how can I fly as a wheelchair user?’ or ‘what cities are the most wheelchair-friendly around the world’ then Cory will have the answers. Cory was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (type 2) when he was two years old and has been in a wheelchair since the age of four. Curbfree with Cory Lee is where Cory shares his experiences as a disabled traveller, and tips for travelling the world in a wheelchair.

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Travel Safe campaign

At Thompsons, we want your holiday to go without a hitch, which is why we have developed our Travel Safe campaign - a campaign to help limit your risk of a holiday accident. Whether you’re enjoying a city-break with a loved one or travelling solo abroad or in the UK, follow our tips and tricks to staying safe on your travels.