Summer vacations are a time-honored tradition and something we look forward to at all stages of life. However, many seniors with mobility issues become intimidated by travel and start to accept that their vacation days are over.
This really is a shame because seniors have so much to gain from travel experiences, like a nice change of routine, experiencing new places, and spending time with loved ones. Summer might be nearing an end, but it’s not over yet! Here’s how to take the summer vacation you deserve even with limited mobility.
Finding Accessible Transportation Options
With age, our vision begins to decline and many seniors don’t feel comfortable driving in new places. For these individuals, taking a train or bus trip may put their minds at ease. There are lots of bus trips especially designed for the 55+ crowd, so consider joining one of these groups to take the guesswork out of trip planning and make some new friends.
However, if you have limited mobility, trains and buses may be an extra hassle. Power wheelchair lifts for vans and cars come in several different styles to help you get in and out of your vehicle with safety and ease. Our rotating vehicle lifts are also a wonderful solution to your travel mobility issues, and seating options are available or cars, mini-vans, trucks, and sedans.
Fun and Accessible Travel Destinations
The most common issues that mobility-impaired tourists encounter when they travel include inaccessible hotel rooms and public bathrooms, cramped restaurant seating, and airport transfers. But fortunately, some destinations are better suited to people with mobility issues than others.
If you live in Nassau, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, Westchester, or Suffolk, there are lots of amazing nearby places to visit that can meet your needs and offer a wonderful vacation. Here are a few of our favorite travel spots that aren’t too far from home.
New York City
Even if you’ve been to New York City countless times in the past, there’s always something new to see and do in this exciting city. Sometimes it’s fun to just be a tourist in your own town and rediscover the vibrant energy that brought you here in the first place. There are lots of popular attractions in NYC that are wheelchair friendly, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Statue of Liberty Cruise, and the Grand Central Terminal Tour. If you have a smartphone, download the Wheely app, which was designed to help wheelchair users navigate the New York City Subway system and find accessible places in different neighborhoods.
Ocean City, New Jersey
To spend a little time on the beach, head to Ocean City in New Jersey and check out the wheelchair-friendly boardwalk. There are many beaches with handicapped access, as well as accessible bathrooms here. The beach accessible wheelchair service is available during business hours on weekdays and weekends, and the surf chair program runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
If you’re willing to go a bit further for your vacation, head to beautiful Berkshires, Massachusetts. There are lots of outdoor wheelchair-friendly activities and events here, and a variety of restaurants that accommodate people with limited mobility. A comprehensive list of accessible restaurants, bars, hotels, and attractions can be found on the Berkshires Official Tourism & Travel Planning website.
Tips to Boost Your Travel Mobility
In addition to power wheel chair lifts for your wheelchair or scooter, there are lots of other smart ways that you can boost your travel mobility. No matter where you decide to go, here are some final tips to keep in mind as you pack your suitcase and hit the road!
- Call ahead to hotels and restaurants to inquire about accessibility
- Research neighborhoods so that you stay in the most convenient part of town
- Hire a local guide who specializes in tours for wheelchair users
- Give yourself plenty of extra time to get around new places