Traveling is the best way to experience the world, learn about different cultures, and gain a deeper understanding of how people relate to each other. This is why students should prioritize travel, either local or international, as there are some things you can learn while traveling that you won’t experience fully while sitting in a classroom. However, students who use wheelchairs or other equipment for independence are often hesitant about traveling, since some destinations aren’t wheelchair accessible. But with a bit of research, you can certainly find places that are wheelchair-friendly. The biggest cities in the world are some of the most wheelchair accessible places you can visit! Check out these disability-friendly cities to visit this year.
New York City
If you’re one of the many people who have difficulty walking or climbing stairs, there’s no reason to avoid The Big Apple. New York City is accessible for wheelchair users, as disability laws require cabs to stop for passengers with disabilities. Moreover, accessible taxis are available 24 hours a day. Popular destinations such as The Guggenheim, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Empire State Building, and Central Park are also wheelchair accessible. If you’re itching to watch a Broadway show, some theaters, such as the Lincoln Center, are fully accessible. Many hotels and restaurants are also accessible. So enjoy your stay and treat yourself to some of the most scrumptious food in NYC!
There’s a reason why Barcelona is a popular tourist destination. Apart from the gorgeous structures and delicious Catalan dishes and treats, the city is very accessible. All of the public buses have wheelchair ramps. You can also use the blue bus line tour to visit the Gaudi sights such as Park Guell and Sagrada Familia. You can even enjoy a day at the beach, as the beaches in Barcelona are wheelchair accessible.
Student travelers should definitely note London as one of their must-see places. Apart from having many accessible hotels, you can go on wheelchair-friendly bus tours to see the historic city sights. Cabs and buses offer wheelchair access. In addition, tourist destinations such as the London Aquarium, National Portrait Gallery, The London Eye and Buckingham Palace are disability-friendly. A majority of cinemas and theaters are also wheelchair accessible and provide facilities to meet specific needs.
Seoul, South Korea
The birthplace of K-drama, K-pop and K-beauty is becoming increasingly accessible. Public transportation is now available for wheelchair users. You can use the subway system by taking the elevator or the mechanical lifts that move wheelchairs along stairways. Wheelchair taxis are also available. Head to the best Hallyu hot spots or popular shopping spots such as Myeong-dong or Hongdae with ease! If you’re considering a vacation in Seoul, consider staying at a Western hotel chain. They often have roll-in showers and other features that will make your stay more comfortable.
This city is a must-see as it has everything you may expect from the quintessential Canadian experience. The railway system features multiple wheelchair accessible stations and the roads and parks are wheelchair-friendly. Moreover, you can enjoy visiting places such as the Olympic Tower, Cite’ Memoire, and Le Village with ease as these places are all disability-friendly. Several hotels in the area also cater to those who need in-room accessibility. A few good options include the Hotel Le Dauphin, Hotel Les Suites Labell and the Hotel Place d’Armes.
This year, make it a point to visit the best disability-friendly cities in the world. Not only will you enjoy the sights and sounds of these places, but you’ll have wonderful experiences that you’ll cherish for years to come. What are you waiting for?