If you’re a disabled traveller, chances are you may be stuck on choosing just where to travel to. Thankfully, though, many popular tourist hotspots offer a wealth of accessibility, whether it be their transport systems, easy-to-access attractions or simply an accommodating atmosphere that awaits you.
These five places offer an abundance of accessibility for you to come and explore. If you’re a budding traveller looking to see more of the world, don’t hesitate in considering these potential destinations for an easy adventure.
For a relaxed city break with a perfect blend of sun, culture and history, Barcelona is your best bet regardless of whether you’re disabled or not. Thankfully, though, this is one of the world’s most accessible destinations – with everything so close together and transport links being a breeze, it’s simple to navigate.
Whether you want to explore the leisurely, relaxed ramblas or discover history and culture in the form of buildings like La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona has it all. There’s even beaches here for when you want to escape the bustle of the city centre – and when everything is so easy to access in Barcelona, you’ll have no issue kicking back and relaxing.
Although London is often overlooked as a potential location for a quick city break, if you’re looking for an accessible destination it could be your best bet. Transport is arguably integrated better than any other city, London’s underground system being perhaps the easiest and most efficient way of getting around.
It’s indispustably a diverse city, too – from the luxury of boroughs such as Kensington to the cultural melting pots of Camden and Shoreditch, London really does offer everything in abundance. Be sure to do some sightseeing too, as landmarks such as the Tower of London and the London Eye are very accommodating for disabled visitors.
Walt Disney World, USA
What’s to say you can’t experience the magic of Disney? Walt Disney World, situated in the heart of Orlando, Florida, is one of the most exciting and popular tourism hotspots in the entire world. If you visit, you’ll understand why – there are several parks here to be discovered, from the wondrous Magic Kingdom complete with Cinderella’s Castle, all the way through to the educational value of Epcot.
Best of all, all of Disney’s parks cater to disabled visitors in every way. From special queues to get you riding attractions quicker, all the way through to designated areas to watch shows and parades without interruption, you’ll find it’s surprisingly easy to enjoy everything Walt Disney World has to offer without any obstacles.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
It’s often listed as one of the world’s most accessible cities, so consider Amsterdam for a rather unique city break. It’s a considerably chilled destination, with plenty to see and do that many often overlook – with such a wealth of culture and history to be uncovered in the city, you shouldn’t hesitate to start exploring.
Amsterdam is where you’ll find the former residence of Anne Frank, now repurposed into a museum and exhibition about Frank herself, as well as the war in general. Although the steep staircases mean wheelchair users can’t access the secret annex, the newly-opened exhibition is completely accessible.
It’s known to be one of the more boundary-pushing cities in the world, what with areas such as the Red Light District proving to be popular with travellers. One thing that is certain, though, is that it’s simply impossible to get bored when in Amsterdam.
Wellington, New Zealand
Being one of the smaller cities of the world, New Zealand’s capital city won’t take an eternity to explore. And, of course, that gives way to Wellington being particularly easy to access and navigate – there’s a great transport system here, but with the size of Wellington being considerably small, you won’t have far to go.
It’s culturally rich, too – you’ll find the Museum of New Zealand here, housing exhibitions on all things Kiwi, from earthquakes through to the renowned Maori culture which still thrives to this day. Wellington is also renowned for its coffee, consumed so frequently by the locals that there’s a distinct aroma of the stuff wherever you go. Make sure to grab a cup as you sit by the bay, watching the water go by in this considerably relaxed and serene city.
Do you have any more recommendations for potential destinations around the world for disabled travellers and tourists? Be sure to leave your suggestions in the comments below.