ACCESS-ABLE/Travellin' Talk Newsletter

Issue : Vol IV Number 9 (06-September-2001)

Last Update: Monday, 29-May-2006 06:13:16 PDT

VOLUME IV   NUMBER 9  (September)

April 21-28, 2002

Aboard the World's Most Accessible Cruise Ship - Royal Caribbean's
Adventure of the Seas
Sails from San Juan to Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten & St. Thomas

There are even lifts into the pool & jacuzzi!  Service dogs welcome!  Join
this special Barrier-Free Cruise for wheelchair users, slow-walkers, your
friends & family members.   Rates include 7 nights accommodations, all
shipboard meals and entertainment, all taxes and port charges which are
guaranteed against increase, and some *surprise bonus features* available
only for this group participants!

These rates are per person based on double occupancy and reflect an Early
Booking Discount if you book by 9/21: Inside: $954, Atrium-view: $974,
Oceanview: $1094, Deluxe Oceanview w/balcony: $1224, Superior Oceanview
Suite: $1654.  Mention when you book and you will receive a
fanny pack (one per cabin).

For more information and to book you cruise contact Connie George Travel
Associates, (888) 532-0989 or (610) 532-0989 Web site:


If you live down under or are heading that way. Don·t miss
this.  Karragarra Accommodation, situated on a small Moreton bay island, 12
minutes waterbus ride from Redland bay, offers full house rental
accommodation with total peace and privacy for special guests.

A delightful, quiet, sub-tropical island in a marine park, ideal for the
getaway weekend or the relaxing week of solitude and quiet.  An ideal spot
to stay while you visit the sites of Brisbane and the gold coast. Centrally
situated between both places, It·s approximately 50 minutes to the Gold
Coast and 20 minutes to Brisbane Central.

Karragarra Island is the smallest of the bay islands. Its population is
approximately 100 and is serviced by both High-speed Catamaran (waterbus)
and Vehicular Barge.  The island offers a white sandy beach with netted
swimming enclosure; free electric Bbq's, picnic tables, shelter, fresh
water shower and shady trees.  Everything is within easy walking/rolling
distance. The beach is level and fully accessible from the road.  Anglers
often experience good catches of fish from the beach.

For the fishing enthusiast, Moreton Bay is one of the more prolific fish
breeding grounds of Queensland.  An open fishing season all year round
combined with reliable weather ensures the bays popularity. Fish species
are many and varied, including Whiting, Flathead and Bream.

Karragarra Accommodation is full house rental at its best!  Specially
designed and equipped, these houses offer their guests the very best.  Each
private, individual house has at least 3 bedrooms with 3 ensuite baths,
separate laundry, dining room & lounge. Ceilings are 9 foot for coolness.
Have a large group?  They even have one house of 214 sq m. This house has 4
bedrooms, 3 ensuite baths.  Its lounge area is enormous!  Each home is
brand new, built and specially designed for access for everyone.

They offer space, with no lips or trips, large doors, very private
verandas, drop-downs in kitchens for wheelchair access, hand helds in the
baths, 2 way controls for ceiling fans.

Each house comes fully equipped for your holiday and contains
fridge/freezer, TV and video, all linen, towels, blankets, cutlery,
crockery, cookware, furniture, and of special interest, a computer with
internet access, plus computer games.

You are invited to use the barbecue area with pool, beach entry and
relaxing chairs on white sands. All guests may enjoy the tree-lined grounds
and they offer free use of bicycles!

The grounds (1 1/2 acres in total) have been planted with bananas, pawpaws,
avocado, mango, orange and guava trees all available free to residents.
(Don't ask, help yourself) no sprays or chemicals.

For more information contact Karragarra Accommodation, Noyes Parade,
Karragarra Island 4184, Queensland Australia Phone: ++ (0)7 3409 1090
E-mail: or check out their web site at


They are an adventure travel company that has been providing quality
small-group travel experiences for many years. They specialize in travel to
East Africa, China and Costa Rica. These exciting destinations provide you
with an unbelievable number of opportunities for adventure. Whether it is
wildlife viewing, photography, or interaction with the local peoples, their
trips are always full of wonder and excitement.

Until recently however theses experiences were inaccessible to persons with
disabilities or mature travelers.  Government regulations, hotel and
airline standards, etc. concerning persons with disabilities have not been
up to the same level as found in the US. Because of this a whole group of
people has been denied access to some of the most beautiful and fulfilling
experiences on this planet. That is until now.

Eco-Adventure International has made the commitment to change this
situation.  They now offer several programs that are especially suited to
people with disabilities and mature travelers. They have the equipment and
the personnel in place and ready to go.  Some of your options are:

Eco-Adventure International is pleased to announce their new accessible
trips to the wonderful country of Costa Rica. This jewel of Central America
houses some of the most pristine rainforest and bio-diverse regions
anywhere on earth. It has long been a destination for nature lovers and sun
worshipers of all ages.

Through the efforts of the Eco-Adventure staff and their Costa Rican
partners you are now able to join them!  Their trips will take you to the
dense jungles, to a very active volcano, and out to the beach. They have
put together an itinerary that introduces you to the wonders of the
rainforest and the beauty of the mountains along with allowing plenty of
time to relax and enjoy the sun!

These trips are designed for persons who can get in and out of a low van
with or without assistance. At present they have no accessible vans in
service. The facilities used are all wheelchair friendly but may not be up
to US standards. Fortunately they have plenty of staff who are always at
your service and ready to assist!

The country of South Africa offers some travel opportunities for persons
with disabilities not found in other parts of the continent. The
infrastructure in the major cities has been developing with accessibility
in mind.  Though there still is a long way to go this country is considered
the most accessible friendly. They have two programs operating here.

ACCESSIBLE  AFRICA - This is a custom program that is set up on an
individual basis. The people involved have a great deal of experience in
dealing with persons with a wide range of disabilities.  They even have a
fully equipped van that can easily handle power chairs.  This is unheard of
in the rest of Africa! If you would like them to work up an itinerary for
you please give them a call and they will work out the details. This
program works best for small groups of one to six.

EAST AFRICA - SAFARI UNDER CANVAS - Their ·Safari Under Canvas· programs
allow participants to experience Africa the way that Teddy Roosevelt
did  in the bush, up close and personal! To accomplish this, these trips
utilize mobile-tented camps. Do not let the ·tent· part throw you. These
are classic walk-in safari tents that have provided adventurers with
shelter and comfort for decades. Each has it·s own toilet and shower and is
complete with two double beds, washbasin, night table, lanterns, etc. Most
important everything is one level with no steps, doorjambs, ramps or other
obstacles. Meals are served in a separate dinning tent complete with fine
china and bar! The meals and accommodations rival that of many five star
lodges. In addition their staff is always at the ready to provide any and
all assistance that may be needed.

These Safaris operate in both Kenya and Tanzania. Their guides have many
years in the bush under their belt and are some of the best in the
business.  Their vehicles have been designed to accommodate wheelchairs and
can handle groups with mixed levels of disabilities. For those with
difficulty walking they provide camp wheelchairs and valet service to and
from their tent! These also come in handy on shopping trips to the local
market and while visiting with the local peoples. It is the company·s firm
belief that everyone should have access to these wonderful experiences and
they are committed to make this a reality.

I can assure you that a great deal of thought and preparation has been put
into this project. The safari vans have been modified, routes planned and
staff trained. All of this has been accomplished in order that they might
provide their clients with special needs the best possible experience and
service. Let them take you to Africa!

For more information contact: Ed Rymut Eco-Adventure International, Phone:
(888) 710-WILD, Fax: 920 563-9162. Email: or check
out their web site at


Access-Able Travel Source is pleased to announce that thanks to Continental
airlines we will again be holding workshops for travelers with disabilities
each day of this year's Abilities Expos.

For more information, cities, dates and how to get free tickets to the show
in your area click here


Ripon, CA August 20, 2001  Planning that accessible vacation just got a
little easier, with the recent release of Barrier-Free Travel; A
nuts-and-Bolts Guide for Wheelers And Slow walkers.  Authored by Candy
Harrington, this well-researched resource contains detailed information
about the logistics of planning accessible travel by plane, train, bus and

Says Harrington, · I guess you could categorize Barrier Free Travel as a
self help book about accessible travel.  My assumption is that people want
to take an active roll in the holiday planning, whether they work with a
travel agent or do it on their own.·

Chapters include important details about protecting your wheelchair when
you fly, traveling with oxygen, cruising, accessible ground transportation,
choosing a travel agent, on-line booking, accessible recreation and
budget.  Also included is a comprehensive chapter devoted to self-advocacy,
consumerrights and what to do when things go wrong.

Barrier-Free Travel is an honest and authoritative resource about
accessible travel.  As the editor of Emerging Horizons, Candy Harrington is
widely know her nononsense approach to access issues.  In fact she founded
Emerging Horizons so people would have accurate information about
accessible travel options.  Candy continues this same no-nonsense approach
in Barrier-Free Travel.

Travel, by its very nature, involves venturing away from the safety of home
and hearth, and moving out and exploring unfamiliar territory.  When you
throw access issues into the equation, that unfamiliar territory can seem
even more foreboding.  The nature of travel will never change, but with the
proper preparation, you can change your own personal experience.

Call (888) 795-4274 or (215) 923-4686 or visit
to order your copy of Barrier-Free Travel today or visit this page to read
a sample chapter or see the complete table of contents.


If a secluded mountain-top hideaway complete with awe-inspiring views
sounds appealing to you than you will be delighted to learn about Arnold
Estates, wonderfully accessible log cabin rentals in the great Smoky
Mountains near Galtinburg, Tennessee.  Located on 50 wooded acres you can
get away from it all, yet still be close to outlet mall shopping,
entertainment, crafts, and sports activities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge
- just a 20-minute drive away!  Reached by private bridge and a winding 
gravel road, this rustic mountain retreat has private balconies and old
fashioned wrap-around porches.

These tastefully decorated log cabins boast vaulted ceilings, stone
fireplace, picnic table, gas grill, Jacuzzi for two (complete with grab
bars) and the most amazing mountain views.  You will only need to bring
your clothes, food and the desire to have a great time in the Smoky
Mountains!  There are two accessible cabins with complete access to the
main floor.  The parking area is level and one cabin has a 1/8· threshold
onto the deck while the other cabin has a ramped entrance onto the
deck.  All entry doors are 36· wide with a threshold of 1 ¼·.  On the main
level you will find the living room, dining room and master
bedroom/bath.  All interior doors on this level are 36· wide and the master
bedroom has a king-size bed with ample room to maneuver.  The master bath
has a roll in shower with grab bars, hand held shower head and transfer
seat with back.  The toilet has grab bars and the sink has knee clearance
underneath.  All doors have lever-type handles.  The kitchen is equally
accessible with a cut-out for knee clearance under the sink and also under
one counter.   The second level is not accessible due to stairs, but has an
additional two bedrooms and one bath with a smaller deck complete with
large swing to sit and enjoy the views.

There is a stocked pond for fishing and we are told you can get a
wheelchair to about 3· from the waters edge (close enough for
casting!).  There are trout, bass and brim waiting to be caught or if you
prefer you can take a horseback ride with easy access via a built-up
platform.  These cabins are great for a romantic getaway but work equally
as well for a family retreat.  There are only four cabins located on the
property so you can be assured of not having too many neighbors.  For more
information contact Richard Arnold, 3459 Arnold Parkway, Sevierville, TN
37876.  Phone: 1-800-969-4504 Email: or visit their
web-site at

This month·s FEATURED DESTINATION on the Access-Able Web Site is the final
part of our series on Peru.  It cover the cities of and the areas around
Trujillo and Iquitos.
Check it out at



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