If your job or school is stressing you out, it’s important to take a breather. Studies have found that going on vacation is beneficial for one’s physical and mental health. You don’t have to worry that your disabilities would prevent you from seeing the wonders of the world. More and more attractions are expanding so that people of all ability levels can enjoy them.
Arches National Park, Utah
Besides boasting ruby-colored rocks and formations sculpted by nature and time, Arches National Park also offers accessible trails. You can breathe in the fresh mountain air and the spectacular view, no matter your level of ability. Also, if you apply for an Interagency Access Pass, you can get free or discounted admission.
Eiffel Tower, Paris
The Tour Eiffel is the cherry on top of Paris’s rosy charm. It makes a captivating backdrop to vacation photos and lights up in colors at night. With the help of technology, it’s possible to climb up the French icon on a wheelchair or on crutches.
The Eiffel Tower has lifts that can take you up to the first floor. From there, you can have an unforgettable lunch while admiring the Parisian cityscape. Present an ID or document as proof that you’re disabled to get a discounted ticket and priority access.
Mt. Fuji, Honshu
Japan’s tallest peak is a postcard-worthy sight all year round. In winter, you can admire its snow-capped peak. Or you can soak in the vibrant foliage framing the volcano during autumn. Besides being a sight to behold, it’s also accessible.
You can go on a wheelchair-friendly cruise to view Mt. Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi for stunning views. Or drive up the peak via several available trails for a bird’s eye view of its surroundings. If you need some inspiration, a 47-year-old man has reached the mountain’s summit on wheels.
Machu Picchu, Andes Mountains
With a rich history and unforgettable scenery, Machu Picchu is unsurprisingly Peru’s most visited site. The UNESCO World Heritage Site’s centuries-old architecture is a testament to the ancient peoples’ capabilities. Now, wheelchair users can also retrace the history of the Inca and marvel at the ruins. Don’t forget to take your camera with you for photos of the ancient walls and vibrant mountains.
Sydney Opera House, Sydney
As Australia’s arguably most famous sight, the Sydney Opera House is an architectural marvel. Its iconic shell-like design is recognizable anywhere. Beyond its appearance, the performing arts center also proudly prioritizes barrier-free access. This means that it welcomes guests with limited mobility, hearing, vision, and other disabilities. It even has interactive theater experiences catered for disabled children. You can enjoy a performance or tour the site’s hallowed halls.
Disability is more common than you think. The United Nations estimates that there are more than one billion disabled people worldwide. You’re not alone, and you shouldn’t let your ability level stop you from reaching for the skies. Plan ahead of time, bring a friend, and travel on.