Item description for Barrier-Free Travel: A Nuts and Bolts Guide for Wheelers and Slow Walkers, Second Edition by Candy B. Harrington Candy Harrington...
Authored by the editor of the leading travel magazine for people with disabilities, Emerging Horizons, this second edition of Barrier Free Travel continues to be the definitive guide to accessible travel for those who use a wheelchair, walker, or cane or have any physical ailment that may slow down their gait. It is a well-researched resource that contains detailed information about the logistics of planning accessible travel by plane, train, bus, and ship. Chapters include information on how to find and book an accessible room, cruises, ground transportation, overseas travel, advocacy, disability law and rights, air travel, protecting your wheelchair when you travel, how to find and work with a travel agent, and resources from around the world. This new edition includes a chapter on children's travel issues and --- due to popular demand --- a much expanded section on cruises. Expanded airport security procedures have changed the way we travel and thus the book offers new information about these security procedures and how they apply to travelers of limited mobility.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6" Height: 0.7" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Apr 10, 2005
Publisher Demos Medical Publishing
ISBN 1932603093 ISBN13 9781932603095
Reviews - What do customers think about Barrier-Free Travel: A Nuts and Bolts Guide for Wheelers and Slow Walkers, Second Edition?
Great Resource! Aug 2, 2007
Ms Harrington provides a thorough understanding of how to enjoy travel from a wheelchair and troubleshoot those annoying glitches that tend to pop up. The information is useful and fairly current. It has helped me to secure appropriate accomodations and understand my rights and possible options when hotel/travel problems occurred. Be prepared and enjoy travel again! I look forward to the next edition!
Good for wheelers but flimsy for the slow walkers Jun 11, 2007
I think it's a fairly good book, but has more focus to those limited to those in wheelchair and less for slow walkers. A couple of tips for slow walkers the author didn't mention was that several hot destination areas rent or loan for free wheelchairs or scooters. Such as all DC museums which loans out wheelchairs free of charge. (A piece of information I learned by chance.) Any travel desinations or activities for slow walkers? I'm still trying to figure that out as I try to plan vacations for my father who's a slow walker and rather a large person, too. Did you know that most Las Vegas hotels rent scooters to those slow walkers - and they let you store them in your room and take them out in the town. Though, the title does suggest that it's a guide for wheelers and slow walkers, it's probably more suited for "...A Nuts and Bolt Guide for Wheelers" and leave out the slow walkers as it doesn't offer too much on this subject.
Second Edition Worth The Money Sep 15, 2005
I bought the first edition of this book and I was interested to see if the second edition had any new information in it or if it was just the same book with a new cover. I have to say that I feel I got my moneys worth. The second edition not only contains updated information and resources, but it also contains a lot of new stuff too.
The cruise chapter is really enlarged and there seems to be new information in the other chapters too. There is also a new chapter about traveling with children, and it seems good, but it really didn’t apply to me.
I would definitely recommend the second edition of the book...even if you bought the first one. It’s important to keep current with the laws and learn about new resources, and I think that the second edition does a very good job of that.
Good, but outdated information Sep 10, 2005
I got this book as a primer on traveling with a disability. I have Multiple Sclerosis and am both a "Wheeler" and a "Slow Walker" depending on the day. I found the information in Candy Harrington's book quite helpful as a place to start learning about accessible travel, but was sad to learn that many of her references are now outdated.
Fortunately, there is a new edition of this book, published earlier in the year. I haven't purchased it yet, but intend to. With current information, if the new edition is as comprehensive as this one, it would warrant 5 stars. This is a book for anyone, young or old, who happens to live with a disability -- even a temporary one -- but doesn't intend to be defined by it. Get out and travel!
It Helped Us Jul 13, 2002
My wife had a stroke four years ago and now has to use a wheelchair. We both wanted to travel bur I didn't know the first place to look to find out the things we needed to know. The physical therapist said lots of people who have had strokes travel, so we wanted to give it a try. But it was hard to find information. That's where this book helped. It contains a lot of information you need. It should be titled "owners manual" as nobody tells you this stuff when you end up in a wheelchair.
The cruise chapter was very helpful to me. I just figured I could call up a travel agent and book a cruise with a handicapped cabin. I'm glad I read the book before I made that mistake. There is also a very helpful chapter about choosing a travel agent and how to travel on an airplane with a wheelchair.
We just got back from our first cruise and it was great. I wouldn't have been able to do it without this book. If you are even only thinking about travel, I urge you to read this book. We are already planning our next trip.