Hello my name is Amy but if you call me ‘Hot Wheels’ I’ll probably answer. This is down to the fact that due to a genetic condition that causes me to dislocate my joints as a hobby I use a wheelchair. I do also walk with a crutch but as it’s at a speed slower than a tortoise having a nap I generally end up in my wheelchair for most activities.
One of my goals in life is to travel to as many places as physically (financially) possible and consider myself very lucky to have already racked up a few places on the map. Obviously travelling with a disability makes things quite a bit harder, but it’s not impossible. It is only thanks to friends and family who put up with pushing me around, lugging my wheelchair about and putting up with my toddler strops when I get hungry/tired/hot/cold/bored/in pain/drugged up/broken that I manage to go anywhere.
I’ve got two goals with my blog: One is to regale you with the (sometimes ridiculous) stories of travelling with a disability. I hope that regardless of your experience with disability you’ll find some of these stories amusing, and perhaps that I might make you reconsider some of your views towards disability. My second goal is to try and put together some genuinely useful guides to the places I’ve been for travellers with disabilities. Although I’m going to be starting with only a few countries I always find others personal experience invaluable when planning a trip.
If you want to get hold of me you can find me on twitter @amyoulton
I hope you enjoy my blog!