Welcome to Disabled Travel with Georgina!
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Since COVID struck, things have really changed for my blog both in terms of the travel restrictions impacting the safety of me and my followers, but also that things have changed for me personally; my partner of nine years PROPOSED! Richard has always been my rock and I am truly thrilled. However, as soon as my planning process began, I was shocked to see the lack of disability inclusion within the wedding industry and how bereft the vastness of the internet was surrounding things like access information; even simple information such as the best wedding dress styles to choose when using a wheelchair. So, I have decided to pause my travel blog format and write a blogpost series on weddings for disabled and chronically ill brides, grooms and spouses. I will hopefully be covering most aspects of it all – from wedding planning to as many elements of the big day as possible. Throughout this series, we are going to be featuring vendors and suppliers that are going the extra mile for their chronically ill clients, opening up a wider revenue stream for those pioneers who are instigating change in the market, inspiring others to include diversity in their clients!
This is a project that I am so excited to start! Rewriting this limited, sparseness of information is a huge priority where possible but, unfortunately, I am approaching the wedding industry from a singular cultural point and, due to the travel limitations, cannot have immersive learning experiences about other cultures and ceremonial traditions. If you’d like to natter about disability and your marital traditions, please do pop an email over (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I would love to do an interview with you! Beyond that, disability itself is so diverse that one person cannot possibly cover all of the nuances of each condition. I will try my best throughout this project and I can’t wait to plan my Once Upon a Time wedding whilst providing helpful information for all the “I Do” moments to come!
Travel is daunting for everyone but having a chronic illness or disability can really amplify this uncertainty and fear. I’m Georgina and I am a full-time wheelchair user with multiple chronic illnesses. I really do understand how limiting travel anxiety can be on top of my disabled body’s ever-changing physical restrictions.
Every person has different abilities and needs and these can fluctuate, changing each day. Activities such as visiting a new city, dining out or using public transport can seem like an impossible minefield at times. At Disabled Travel With Georgina, we hope to reduce some of those fears by producing detailed blog posts that explain the accessibility within places such as travel attractions, restaurants, hotels and other businesses. My partner, Richard, and I will explain and photograph our experiences so you can use our posts to assess whether you’ve found a new hidden gem to add to your own travel bucket list!
Access and inclusion really are beneficial to both the customer and the business. Disabled customers gain fun new places to explore and experience and, in return, these businesses have increased revenue from widening their customer base. I love highlighting these accessible venues and increasing their publicity by featuring them on my blog.
Disability is so wide, diverse and dynamic that it can be difficult for ableds running places to eat, stay or visit to fully understand the needs of a disabled visitor. I want to open up a dialogue about access with businesses from every sector; ensuring they are doing their best with inclusion. Richard and I are here to help those venues make any small tweaks to their website and, if possible, to help create inclusive and accessible sites and spaces.