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Best Holiday Destinations For Disabled Travellers

Josh okungbaiye

These days there is more awareness about the mental and physical disabilities. These people are visible, important and a part of society. This awareness has made more people to be understanding and want to be more accommodating. Some countries and cities have also taken it a step further by designing their cities and tourist packages to cater to the disabled, so they can equally have a positive experience of their vacation. Other countries and cities are slowly becoming aware and making changes to accommodate disabled travellers.

We cannot deny the fact that a lot more work still needs to be done in order to make the travelling experience better and enjoyable for disabled travellers. For those of you who may be disabled or have friends, family and colleagues that may be disabled. We created a list of the top travel destinations that provide suitable facilities for the disabled. Enjoy!

The top friendly destinations that have great access for the disabled list as follows:


1.   Berlin, Germany


Berlin, the capital of Germany, commits to provide better opportunities for the disabled. The city is barrier-free. That means the city is easily accessible to those who use wheelchairs.

The city provides mobility opportunities to blind and partially sight people as well as the deaf and hard of hearing equally. Berlin has a new accessible building and public transport for the disabled. The city also received the European Commission Access City Award. The hotels, tourist’s places and other events are in access of disabled too. Please be aware that some of the main attractions are not wheelchair friendly.

In terms of flying to Berlin. Please note that wheelchair access is available at Tegel airport or Shönefeld Airport. Alternatively you can take the train to the Berlin Hauptbahnhof (which is has wheelchair access).


berlin germany



2.   National Parks of the United States

National Park services decided to build the Accessibility Task Force in 2012. The plan was developed for five years to increase accessibility throughout the parks.

Moreover, National Park Services provides lifetime free pass to permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Therefore, with pass disabled can get free entrance to 2000 recreation sites as well as a discount on the amenity fees.

The top accessible parks in the list are Congaree National Park and the Rocky Mountain National Park.




usa national park






3.   Sydney, Australia

Sydney is the topmost disabled-friendly destination. It provides public transportation facilities to the disabled. More than 2000 tactile and Braille Street signs and accessibility map are available for disabled. The map gives information related to searching for accessible restrooms and mobility parking spaces.

The map warns the disabled in case of any barriers and stair inclines. Sydney is working on even more opportunities for the disabled. which is amazing!

sydeny australia



4.   Disney World

Disney world is included in top destinations that have great access for the disabled. The park provides a wheelchair, audio descriptions, captioning, and assistive listening rental.

Disney World provides a guide for disabled Guests and offers a Disability Access Service (DAS). The services offer comparable return time for disabled who cannot wait in conventional lines.

disneyland

 

5.   Dublin Ireland

Dublin provides digital information to search for the disabled-friendly places in the city.

The website Mobility MOJO provides current information. The information includes pubs, parks, restaurants, transportation, and other attraction in Dublin and beyond.

Dublin is trying to redesign its old historic buildings so it can make it more accessible for the disabled. However, the city has several accommodations for the disabled. Please note, that there are a lot of cobbled stones and little hills in the city, so you may need assistance or a private tour guide to make the trip more accessible. Overall, the main tourist attractions have very good accessibility.

dublin ireland


6.   Hanauma Bay, Hawaii

Hanauma Bay provides fabulous facilities for the disabled. The disabled can relax on the beach on wheelchairs free of cost.

The other facilities like transport buses and tram to are accessible. The special screen in movie theatres is also accessible.

The other accessible destinations for disabled are listed as Pattaya Thailand, LEGOLAND, Loutraki Greece, Sicily Italy, and South Africa, Seattle WA U.S of America.

If you know any more destinations, feel free to leave a comment and share them with us. :-)

 

hanauma bay hawaii

 

 

26 destinations you have to visit in your Lifetime

Josh okungbaiye

Are you confused where to go in your vacations?  Well, the top 26 destinations that you must visit in your lifetime are highlighted in this article. Pick any destination from the list, pack your bags and catch a flight.

1.   Matera, Italy

 It’s your time to experience life on the rocks. The Sassi di Matera is a hub of more than 1000 cave that are dwelled to living conditions.

The attractive hotels, boutique, clubs, and restaurants are built on limestone caves. The city of Italy’s elegant beauty and rock life is an amazing option to select for vacations.

matera italy



2.   Vevey, Switzerland

The generation festivals of Vevey attract you towards mesmerizing culture, tradition and wines.

 The festivals are famous for the wines of course. The most famous wine is made from Chasselas grape and is known as dry whites. The tourists or the attendees in the festival can ride to vineyards on northern shores of Lake Geneva.

Vevey is fabulous and is beautiful to relax and calm your soul.



3.   French Polynesia

 French Polynesia is a paradise. Your life gives you an amazing chance to experience eclipse in a paradise.

Get ready your swimsuit to dive into 118 small islands to experience heavens on Earth.



4.   Cairo, Egypt

The Grand Egypt Museum seeks your attention. The top 5000 ancient objects and 5000 artefacts invite you to pay a visit to have a splendid view of history.

cairo egypt

5.   Toronto Canada

A city of multicultural citizens and 200 different languages invite you to take a deep dive into its diversity.

6.   Galway Ireland

The art projects of the city with almost 80,000 populations generate big ideas. Galway is known for its oysters so pay a visit to Galway to explore big ideas.

7.   Oakland California

Oakland is basking into new east bay spotlight. So, visit the multicultural city today to explore more things.

oakland california

8.   Salvador, Brazil

 Music genres were born in the heart of Brazil. Samba, bossa nova, tropicalia echo in the city and provide a soothing environment to tourist.

9.   Bauhaus Trail, Germany

The revolutionary Bauhaus design is fabulous to visit in Germany. The destination is a stuff of life rather than intellectual or material design. Visit to explore more.

10.   Macedonia

Macedonia has tremendous lakes, waterfalls and mountains. Macedonia is landlocked by Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Kosovo, and Albania. The destination provides tremendous experience to visitors. 

11.   Perth, Australia

The world-class Perth beaches and urban chic hotels attract millions of tourists to the city.

perth australia

12.   Cano Cristales River Columbia

A rainbow river of Columbia blooms the aquatic plants. Cano Cristales shades of red, green, yellow, black and blue combines to give a rainbow view.

13.   Belize

Explore the marine life in a small country and visit the great sites like Caracol. The sites attract the tourist so decide to pay a visit to such beautiful country.

14.   Kansas City, Missouri

Where ever you go on the city, you feel like home. Kansas City’s stockyards and trains are the center of tourist’s attraction.

15.   Oman

Ride your horse and explore the Hajar mountains. Gallop your horse and enjoy the splendid views of nature in Wadi an Nakhur.

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16.   Greenland

Dogsledding, heli-skiing, sea-kayaking, icebergs, climbing and Artic adventures are amazing destinations to visit at least once in your lifetime.

17.   Hoang Lien Son, Vietnam

Tracking adventures and connection of cable cars provokes the tourism in the city. The city is attractive and famous for its hiking routes.

18.   Canterbury Region, New Zealand

The Godzone gives mountain biking, climbing, kayaking and splendid view of world’s great races.

19.   Dordogne, France

Felibree is an annual celebration that gives immense overview of culture. It includes music, dance, food and gathering of people belonging to different tribes.

20.   Dakar, Senegal

Sun-worshippers, professional wrestlers, lively beeches and traditional clothing styles are waiting for your attention in Dakar.

dakar senegal africa

21.   Fanjingshan, China

It is best place to climb through the wonder of clouds. A sacred place with 48 temples on mountains gives great experience of climbing.

22.   Peruvian Amazon

Enjoy the drive in low and high jungles, forests, waterfalls in Peruvian. Life is amazing on the hills so decide today and enjoy tomorrow.

23.   Mexico City, Mexico

Crouse the city’s best restaurants and enjoy the corn tortilla. Taste milkshakes made with corn and chocolate and give new taste to your buds.

mexico city

24.   Fairy Meadows, Pakistan

The grasslands are the base of camping for tourists. At an altitude of 3300 meters makes it more elegant for the tourists.

25.   Isla de los Estados, Argentina

This time get to the end of the world. The 206-square-mile island includes forests, mountains, beaches, and fjords. Pack your stuff to visit the adventure land of Argentina.  

26.   South Walton County, Florida            `          

The artificial reef system on the coast of 16 beach communities is tremendous. Visit the South Walton County and give new experience to life.

south walton county florida

10 places to visit before they disappear forever

Josh okungbaiye

There are a few places on Earth that may not be around in the next 100 years. It is sad, but true. Some of these places will be lost due to climate change, pollution, changes in the natural environment and changes in man made infrastructure. Science shows that these places will actually disappear for ever.

Below a list of places you have to visit in your Lifetime before they disappear forever.

1.   Dead Sea

The salty lake lies between Israel and Jordan and is 400 meters below sea level.  The tourist love to swim over the mineral-rich water. The tourist believes that water is beneficial for their health.

The water is draining up to 1 meter every year. Therefore, the time is near when the Dead Sea will be gone forever.

Plan a trip to The Dead Sea and enjoy the swim before it disappears forever.

dead sea israel

2.   Belize Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef aligns the coast of Belize. It is very popular for snorkeling and diving and has a wide variety of sea life to experience. However, due to coral bleaching, a lot of coral life is dying. Some parts of the coral reef are finding hard to recover due to pollution and from hurricanes and natural disasters in the past.

In addition the rising temperature of the sea is wiping the world largest reef system. Which is killing the coral reef at an alarming rate.

There is no end time on when the Belize Barrier Reef will still be around (as ecosystems can still repair themselves), but try to plan a trip before it disappears.

turtle in the belize barrier reef

3.   Maldives

Everyone wishes to enjoy the sunset in the Maldives. However, the reality is that the island is getting vulnerable to rising sea levels.

According to scientists, the island will be submerged in next the 100 years. So now is the best time to  visit Maldives and enjoy the sunshine.

maldives

4.   Taj Mahal

India’s famous Mughal building Taj Mahal is turning yellow. Air pollution is staining the white marble of Taj Mahal. The cleaners are using chemical-free scrub to restore 350-year old building. But the increasing air pollution still proves to be a challenge and still staining the building.

However, it is not too late to explore Taj Mahal. There is still a small window of opportunity to experience this wonderful piece of architecture in all its glory.

taj mahal india

5.   The Great Wall of China

 The Great Wall of China is getting eroded brick by brick. The original wall was 2100 kilometers in length. Unfortunately, only 10 percent of the original wall is preserved.

Now is the time to visit the place before the wall is completely eroded.

the great wall of china

6.   Cambodia

Cambodia is a place to visit before the land vanishes from your feet. The Cambodian government sold the natural resources to expand the landmass.

The sand industry has contaminated the villages and wildlife. It’s not too late to enjoy cheap food, parties and terrific temples like Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

cambodia

7.   Venice

Italy floating city, Venice is gradually sinking into the Adriatic each year. The biggest risk of the town is flooding. A recent study states that the city will be fully underwater by 2100.

Pay a visit to the city before the city of canals turns into a real-life Atlantis.

venice

8.   Great Pyramids of Giza

The Great pyramids of Giza might not survive in the 21st Century. The construction of restaurants, buildings and sand erosion are responsible for the gradual extinction of pyramids.

Visit the pyramids of Giza before they disappear or lose their original appearance.

pyramids of giza


9.   Patagonia

The second-largest ice field on the earth lies in Patagonia. The glaciers are melting due to global warming.

Make sure you visit before it’s too late.

patagonia

10.   Vienna

The baroque architecture of Vienna is being slowly overtaken by rise of skyscrapers. The elegant and classic aesthetic of the city and the skyline is changing very rapidly.

If you want to still capture a sense of the Baroque age. Ensure you visit the historical city today to see the real beauty before it turns to any other artificial city.

vienna