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Great holidays for people with low mobility in 2019

17th December 2018


A new year brings new plans, new hopes, and new ambitions. Something that many look forward to is planning a future holiday, looking at destinations, hotels, cruises, excursions, and all of those exciting prospects. For those with low mobility, there is even more to think about when planning an upcoming holiday. Finding an accessible holiday can be done, there are some truly spectacular options available to those who perhaps require the use of a curved stairlift at home. In this article, you will be able to see a handful of attractive holiday ideas for 2019, letting you know about some specific destinations and certain types of holidays/packages that will help ensure a getaway to remember.

Advice from Martyn Sibley

Martyn Sibley is a travel blogger with a focus on accessibility and disability (who also happens to live with Spinal Muscular Atrophy). Martyn says that recommending a specific type of holiday for someone with low mobility is difficult as this doesn’t necessarily limit what a person is able to enjoy:

“I would never presume a certain type of holiday suits a person based on disability. I'm really quite weak, yet I've been skiing, sailing, scuba diving and flown a plane. That said, a destination’s accessibility is important. This is why I love Barcelona so much. The beaches, the streets, the buildings and the people are so inclusive.”

Martyn was also kind enough to offer some advice on those with low mobility looking for a holiday: “My advice is to start with your dream trip, separate to your disability. List all the places and activities you'd love to do. Once you're excited, make another list of what you need. For example, adapted activities, accessible transport, wheelchair friendly accommodation, flight, airport transfers, mobility equipment (to take or rent). Then do your research. Speak to a specialist and mainstream agent. Read reviews by other disabled people. Ask online community groups like the Accessible Travel Club. Once you have the answers and the money, book it and enjoy it.”

Cultural visit to the Netherlands


Travellers with low mobility have some truly special holiday options available to them. Depending on your likes and dislikes, there’s a perfect holiday experience waiting to be enjoyed. One such destination is the Netherlands, with this historic country coming highly recommended in particular from Lotte of the travel blog Phenomenal Globe. Lotte is from the Netherlands herself and therefore knows full-well its myriad virtues: “I think The Netherlands is a good destination for people with limited mobility. There are sidewalks everywhere, so you can move around safely. Public transport is well organized and accessible. Pretty much all the bigger museums have facilities for those with low mobility as well. If you are looking for a great place to visit in the Netherlands, I highly recommend Utrecht. It’s a beautiful old city with lovely canals, cosy bars, good restaurants and lots of history.”

Accessible Canary Islands holiday


The Canary Islands are proving to be an ever-popular holiday destination for many, especially for Brits, and this doesn’t look to be changing anytime soon. With its stunning scenery, golden beaches, and delightful yearly climate, there aren’t many better destinations for those seeking some sun for their next holiday. Can Be Done – travel experts for disabled travellers – offers some fantastic accessible holidays to the Canary Islands and the company can’t recommend the region (and Spain as a whole) enough: “Spain probably offers the greatest range of options for people with mobility issues. In particular, Tenerife and Mallorca have a very large number of hotels with excellent facilities. Can Be Done has been arranging suitable holidays for 34 years and can advise on the best combination of options to include rental of mobility equipment where appropriate."

Low mobility-friendly Caribbean holiday


The Caribbean is a much sought-after holiday destination for people all over the world and it’s not hard to see why with its attractive climate, picture-perfect beaches, and friendly people. The Caribbean also happens to be low mobility friendly and this is why travel agency The Destination Lounge recommend it so highly. Singing its praises, The Destination Lounge said:

“Most resorts across the world are now proactively working to ensure they can accommodate clients with any mobility issues. One of our favourite destinations is Barbados in the Caribbean. The brand-new Sandals Royal Barbados has been designed from the ground up to meet these requirements and is on level ground, with good access and also offers level access to lively St Lawrence Gap with its shops, bars and restaurants. Fully accessible rooms are available, and the resort has lift access to facilities which are not at ground level such as its sky pool and rooftop bar and offers beach wheelchairs too.”

Take a Cruise 


Two countries that are improving increasingly popular for British travellers are the USA and Canada, with their diverse geography, famous sites, and accessible cities, there are many great reasons why travellers are flocking to North America. So why not head across the Atlantic and visit these lands via an exciting cruise holiday? Cruise’s are perfect for those who don’t want to arrange hotels, dining arrangements and various excursions, with the cruise line organising all and the ship itself providing all the amenities and entertainment that one could ask for right on your cabin’s doorstep. P&O Cruises offer some fantastic holidays to North America and their ships are known for their accessibility. Their accessible cabins feature wide doorways, plenty of floor space for wheelchairs and scooters, grab rails, and the ships feature ramped access and elevators.

Singing the praises of cruises in general, Vanessa Rivers of the popular travel blog We Are Travel Girls, recommends them highly for those looking for a low mobility holiday: “Taking a cruise is a great way for people with low mobility to easily be able to explore a new destination! On a cruise everything is right at your fingertips, so you can just walk out your cabin door and go to a nice restaurant, a show, the pool and you get to be on the ocean all day long! Last year I took a four-day Caribbean cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines. It was my first cruise and I was very surprised by how much there was to do on board. There was a nice mix of families, middle-aged people and older people and the cruise provided plenty of activities for every age and mobility level. If you are interested in booking a cruise you can read more about my experience here. Happy travels!”

Maharajas’ Express


For those who desire to see a number of far-flung locations on their holiday but are concerned about all the transfers and troublesome travel arrangements involved with changing hotels, considering a holiday aboard the luxurious Maharajas' Express would be a wonderful idea. This famous train takes the traveller across the beautiful country of India, allowing them to see many incredible sights all in one holiday and all in supreme comfort. This award-winning train provides a look at India’s rich cultural heritage (a country that is growing more important on the world stage every year). Those with low mobility will love the convenience of the Maharajas’ Express as well as the beautiful range of luxury cabins, as well as restaurants and lounge bar. All of this combines for a truly convenient and stylish way of travelling.

All-inclusive accessible holiday to Egypt 


For those with low mobility, knowing that all your desires are taken care of on a holiday and that you won’t need to worry about seeking out simple pleasures like food and drink, can be a great bonus. This is why an all-inclusive holiday will be a tremendously attractive proposition for many who are making their travel plans. So, securing yourself an all-inclusive holiday to somewhere like Egypt should certainly be considered. Egypt features highly on many expert rankings for must-visit destinations in 2019 and better yet, Enable Holidays offer some excellent all-inclusive accessible holiday packages to this iconic destination. Enable Holidays are experts in arranging travel for the disabled and those with low mobility, so linking up with them for your next holiday should certainly be considered.

Escape to Sicily


Another fantastic holiday destination that all will do well to consider is the island of Sicily, a beautiful piece of paradise located in the Mediterranean just off Italy. Sicily is known for its tranquil natural beauty, wonderful climate, and a fascinating history, featuring many wonderful sites to explore. If this is all sounding rather appealing, an accessible holiday to the island can be secured with the folks at Limitless Travel – which has a goal of enabling everybody, no matter their mobility, to explore the world. Their ‘Escape to Sicily’ holiday is ideal for those with low mobility, with the hotel chosen for its top-notch accessible facilities. Guests can look forward to full support of qualified care staff and an exciting itinerary to the likes of Mount Etna, which can be experienced via wheelchair accessible transport.

Holidays for people with low mobility

  • Cultural visit to the Netherlands
  • Accessible Canary Islands holiday
  • Low mobility-friendly Caribbean holiday
  • Maharajas Express
  • The USA and Canada Cruise
  • All-inclusive accessible holiday to Egypt
  • Escape to Sicily


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