Exploring the World!

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Exploring the World!
06.12.2023 | Independent living | Posted by J Shelton
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Submitted by Jackie on Mon, 06/12/2023 - 11:12am

School’s out for summer, which means many families are planning trips, from camping or staycations to domestic and international travel. 

While traveling with a disability does come with some additional planning, there are plenty of reasons to do it! 

  • Broadening Perspectives: Traveling exposes people to new cultures, languages and ways of life. It helps people with disabilities gain a broader perspective of the world, fostering empathy and understanding towards people from different backgrounds. By interacting with diverse communities, they can challenge stereotypes and break down barriers.

  • Social Connection and Networking: Travel provides opportunities for people with disabilities to connect with others who share similar experiences. They can join disability-focused travel groups, attend conferences or events, and participate in inclusive tours or activities. These interactions can lead to new friendships, support networks and the exchange of valuable information and resources.

  • Equality and Inclusion: Travel allows people with disabilities to exercise their right to equal access and inclusion in society. It promotes the idea that individuals with disabilities have the same opportunities and should not be restricted from experiencing the world due to their disabilities.

  • Personal Growth and Empowerment: Traveling can be a life-changing experience that promotes personal growth and empowerment. It allows people with disabilities to step out of their comfort zones, overcome challenges, and develop a sense of independence and self-confidence. It can also foster a greater understanding of one's own capabilities and strengths.

  • Health and Well-being: Exploring new environments and engaging in leisure activities can contribute to a higher quality of life for people with disabilities. It offers a break from daily routines, reduces stress and provides opportunities for relaxation and enjoyment. 

  • Overcoming Accessibility Challenges: Traveling with a disability often involves overcoming accessibility challenges, such as finding accessible accommodation, transportation and tourist attractions. By navigating these obstacles, people with disabilities get the chance to develop problem-solving skills and resilience, which can be valuable in other areas of life.


Related: Traveling with a Disability


  • Accessible Tourism Advocacy: Through travel experiences, people with disabilities can identify and highlight accessibility barriers in different destinations. They can advocate for improved accessibility in hotels, transportation, tourist attractions and public spaces, promoting universal design and making travel more inclusive for future generations.

Bottom line? Travel plays a crucial role in promoting inclusivity, personal growth and empowerment for people with disabilities. It allows them to challenge societal perceptions, advocate for accessibility, and experience the joy of exploring the world on their own terms.

If you have questions about living and/or traveling with a disability, please reach out to us at info@nncil.org or 775-353-3599 and let’s see what we can do!

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