Travel for people with disabilities, also known as “disabled travel” or “accessible travel,” is on the rise all over the world. We see more and more impressive advances toward opening the leisure and travel market to everyone, including travelers with limited mobility. And like the rest of us, an increasing number of people with disabilities are looking for the backdoor routes and a little something out of the ordinary.

We have found 6 websites for you to explore. Whether you look for a world-wide travel agency or a smaller specialized one, these websites can assist and inspire you in creating just the right environment for a memorable vacation tailored to both your own and your travel companions’ needs.

www.flyingwheelstravel.com
The first and most experienced travel agency for people with physical disabilities, chronic illnesses or difficulty walking in the US. It is a full service travel agency that has been specializing in travel with disabilities and chronic illnesses since 1970. This website is committed to the mission of opening the world of travel to people with a disability and you can find cruises, hosted tours, escorted tours, travel companions, read testimonials and much more on this very organized website.

www.disabledholidays.com
The UK’s largest accessible holiday specialist aims to provide their customers with all the support they need including choosing, booking, preparing, travelling, vacationing and returning from vacation. This site promises full financial protection, accessible room guarantee, mobility equipment hire, flights, and airport assistance. Choose from different holiday types all over the world – this agency can take you anywhere, and they even have last-minute deals.

www.moroccoaccessibletravel.com
Exploring the world should be for all people regardless of ability or limitations. Since 2011, Morocco Accessible Travel Consultants has been about you and your travel companions seeking a dignified and authentic travel experience in Morocco. This agency will strive to provide the highest level of accessibility possible in Morocco and have handpicked tours, day trips and short excursions ready for you on their website.

www.accessiblethailand.com
Discover the most up-to-date information on disability-friendly hotels and resorts in Thailand. On this website, you will find everything you need in order to plan the perfect trip. Most of the places listed have been visited by the Accessible Thailand Team, who has assessed accessibility on locations and awarded ratings to enable people with impaired mobility to tailor their stay to fit their exact needs. In this essential guide to the disabled traveler you will find everything you need about accommodation, package deals, restaurants, shopping, activities, and much more.

www.arcticaventure.com
Want to experience and discover the generous nature of Quebec, Canada, on a snowmobile? Yes, this is possible and Arctic Adventure has made snowmobiling accessible to pretty much everyone since 2010. Each snowmobile is tweaked to cater different disabilities, and as long as you are in good physical condition, all wheelchair users from the age of 8 -10 can experience this – from action in the daytime accompanied by a team of huskies to dinner and spa relaxation in an accessible family cottage at night.

www.disabledholidaysinspain.com
Want to explore Malaga City, Granada’s awe-inspiring Alhambra Palace, picturesque villages, historically interesting towns, markets, national parks, and beaches in Spain? There is an amazingly diverse selection of places to visit as Andalucia has so much to offer, and this website has handpicked three accessible accommodation possibilities for their returning customers. Their accessible excursions are kept small and personal and are accompanied by their friendly, professional tour guides using their own accessibility-friendly vehicles. The owners Hannah & Adrian Stone will make sure your stay in Spain will be in a homely and relaxed atmosphere.

Bonus info quoted from WHO 2011* report:
According to the World Health Organization (2011) there are approximately 1 billion persons with disabilities in the world. This equates to approximately 15 percent of the world’s population having a physical, mental or sensory disability.

Several studies carried out in Australia, the United States and the European Union have shown that tourists with disabilities are becoming an important part of the tourism market. For example, the percentage of Australian tourists with disabilities has been estimated at about 11 percent of the total number of tourists. The United Kingdom found in its 2009 tourism survey that 12 percent of all persons who engaged in domestic tourism (at least one overnight away from home) had a disability or long-term health problem. These tourists also stayed longer and spent more than the average tourist. Similarly, studies in the United States have shown that American adults with disabilities or reduced mobility spend an average of $ 13.6 billion annually on travel.

Read the entire WHO 2011 report here.