London, Paris, Rome, Bangkok and Honolulu! Where do you want to go?
Travel has always been a passion of mine-the further away the better! I worked both airline reservations and as an AMEX travel agent so I did a fair amount of traveling with my family. Most of our trips were flights to Hawaii-since that was home and we always had a place to stay. My dad took my sisters and I on a trip to China (note to self don’t go to China in August-can you say humidity). We toured Shanghai, X’ian and Beijing. The scenery was amazing, the food was interesting and the water was expensive. My dad also took all seven of his children and their spouses to Europe for several weeks. We started out in Paris (one of my favorite cities in the world) and saw all the sites, including the self-cleaning toilets by the Sacre-Coeur and the dizzying height of the Eiffel Tower. After studying Art, Art History and French for years in school seeing the Mona Lisa at the Louvre was a surreal experience. we then went on to Munich and Amsterdam/Rotterdam.
It was about this time that my son became confined to a wheelchair and we had to find a way to travel with him. For those who have ever traveled with special needs individuals, you know how difficult it can be. Taking a wheelchair through security at the airport is a nightmare unto itself and we had a manual wheelchair. It was a few years and trips to Hawaii later that I found out you could rent beach wheelchairs. I found many options that helped us travel with him and recently realized how much I could help out others who had to learn to adapt. I have been researching popular tourist destinations and what/how to get this information to those who need special arrangements-like several of the trolleys that go around downtown Honolulu have wheelchair lifts and they are more than happy to help you out even on Christmas Eve when you forgot to tell them. People with limited mobility want to take vacations just as much as everyone else.