Travelling with your lightweight wheelchair

July 12, 2019 5:47 am
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Just because you have limited mobility and benefit from the use of a wheelchair to cover long distances, that does not mean that you need to be restricted to certain areas.

A lot of us still have great wanderlust and want to explore the world.

Using a lightweight wheelchair definitely has its advantages in travel situations as they are easy to transport, they can be placed in the back of a taxi, folded up and stored on the plane and you can move and carry them to go wherever you wish to.

There is no need for a nurse or caregiver to be with you the entire time, thus giving you the independence and freedom that you desire when you jetset off on holiday.

However it is not as easy as simply packing bags and going, is it? It often requires a lot of research and planning to make sure that there are no major hiccups along the way that could spell disaster. Although wheelchair access is certainly getting much better in certain areas, there are some countries that can do it better than others.

What are the top 10 most accessible cities in Europe?

By taking into account the most visited attractions throughout Europe and judging the public transport and hotels within the region, we have been able to provide our customers with an accurate idea of where some of the most accessible cities in Europe are.

  1. Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  2. Vienna, Austria
  3. Berlin, Germany
  4. London, United Kingdom
  5. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  6. Milan, Italy
  7. Barcelona, Spain
  8. Rome, Italy
  9. Prague, Czech Republic
  10. Paris, France

Surprisingly, despite being full of cobblestones, Dublin has gone the extra mile for their residents and tourists alike and put in a lot of small touches that are of great benefit to those in a wheelchair. It has ranked top overall with it’s combined ease of public transport and wheelchair accessible hotel availability as well.

In terms of tourist attractions, London, Dublin and Amsterdam lead the way, providing easy access to some of their major sights and allowing people with lightweight wheelchairs and in fact all other wheelchair users, the ability to enjoy the sights, smells and scenes for themselves.

Public transport is a different story. London’s old metro stations have proven to be impossible for many wheelchair users and they need to wait to get off at other stops that are wheelchair friendly. Paris provided their wheelchair users with accessibility in only 22% of stations.

Dublin again, followed by Vienna and Barcelona lead the way regarding their public transport accessibility for wheelchairs.

And finally, we thought it appropriate to discover the percentage of hotels that were wheelchair friendly, as it can be expensive when our choices are limited solely because of the accessibility of the hotel itself.

London, Berlin and Milan provided the highest percentage of accessible hotels, allowing you more freedom of choice as to where you want to stay and for a range of prices.

There is nothing but yourself stopping you from getting out there and experiencing what you want from this world. With a little planning and research and a lightweight model by your side, you can get to wherever you wish to.

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This post was written by Todd Rich

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