Harrington book a great accessible vacation idea resource
The coming of the holiday season means a lot of things, including, of course the traditions of gift-giving and receiving. To me it also means the time of year when I begin planning my next big summer vacation.
If you follow this routine too, than this is a fortunate holiday season indeed. The most recent book by Candy Harrington, editor, blogger and accessible travel expert, can let you combine both pursuits. You can give this insightful work to someone who would enjoy it or even yourself.
"101 Accessible Vacations" is a unique guidebook in that it is more a source of ideas than everything you want to know about a specific locale.
The book's organization is unique, grouped as it is around types of destinations. There are chapters on Family Friendly Fun, Historic Haunts and Off the Beaten Path, to name just a few. Says Candy: "Unlike traditional travel books that are organized geographically, 101 Accessible Vacations is organized by area of interest. ... That way you can focus on the sections that most match your travel style and area of interest. ... It’s organized so you can find an accessible vacation choice that suits your lifestyle, personality and travel tastes."
My favorite section is the one titled "Active Holidays." Because it is the most adventurous, I find it the most inspiring. It is also the most illustrative of how far accessible travel is coming. I can only imagine it wasn't too long ago that many of these adventurous and sometimes downright rugged sounding activities would not have been anything like accessible. I'm sure that it is the chapter that would most likely surprise those not familiar with the subject of accessible travel. "People with disabilities can go can really go scuba diving?" I picture them asking.
This book, for any specific location, is not an exhaustive resource. You're going to have to do other research. But the beauty of this well-done volume is it's a wealth of ideas and possibilities. For someone like me, looking to plan next year's travels, it could supply inspiration -- and enough good info to get a good feel for whether a destination is right for you -- to last for years.