Whether it’s sunny, tropical beaches or rolling mountains, everyone yearns for a change of scenery now and then, and our friend Aspen is no different! With her curious nature and affable personality, she loves to see new places and meet new people, and going on cruises with her family is one of her favorite ways to explore! Born in Guam, Aspen has always been a world traveler. Her father, Mike, was in the Navy and at 9 months old, Aspen, along with her parents, went on her first intercoastal trip.
In the not-so-distant past, people with disabilities and their families found it difficult to travel. Today, through accessible tourism – an ongoing endeavor ensuring that tourist destinations, products and services are accessible to all travelers, no matter their age or disability – the landscape for people with disabilities is changing!
Aspen’s mother, Lynda, says cruises are an ideal vacation, because they can travel to exciting new places, but with a few added bonuses. “It’s like a city that moves with you. Aspen always meets friends wherever she goes,” says Lynda, “and on a cruise ship, she is able to keep her independence and we know that she is safe. We don’t have to worry, because every person getting on and off the ship must have proper identification.”
Lynda researches their travel destinations online, helping her to find out what types of activities and accommodations are possible. She recommends that travelers pay added attention to the reviews listed on the travel website for accommodations and activities to know what to expect.
Lynda’s advice to those planning any type of trip – especially when traveling with someone with a developmental disability – is to work with a travel agency that has all the information you might need to meet your vacation needs. “A travel agency may cost a little more, but you get the peace of mind and help to make sure your trip is what you want,” Lynda shares.
EmployAbility’s programs give its participants the confidence to explore their world – creating new memories and connections that last a lifetime!