You've always been a wanderer. You pride yourself on being open to new experiences - new sensations. But as you've matured, your body may have given you obstacles to overcome, maybe a cane, a wheelchair or the fact that you aren't as nimble as you once were. But that doesn't mean you can't travel with the same sense of wanderlust you've always had. In fact, there's never been a better time to explore the world.
If you have an adventurous spirit, but worry about whether hotels can meet the special needs you may have, consider buying timeshares. Today timeshare ownership is flexible enough to allow you to visit resorts around the world. Additionally, many offer accommodations to meet almost any traveler's needs. While planning your next escapade, you'll rest easy knowing that your accommodations will be perfectly suited to you.
When you see the words wheelchair accessible timeshares on a brochure, please don't leave it at that. You must do your homework. Call the resort and ask question after question to make sure you'll be able to enjoy your vacation - all of it. For example, ask whether there is construction in the area that may interfere with pathways. If you'll be flying in, ask whether there are accessible vehicle rentals in the area. Are area attractions accessible? Ask. In Argentina, for example there is a trail on one of the most popular mountains that is wheelchair accessible.
If you don't use a wheelchair but have limited mobility or can't climb stairs without secure railings, be sure to ask in detail. If an employee hasn't been trained on accessibility, then they may not think that the two steps into and out of your room will present a problem, but to you it may be a major hurdle preventing you from enjoying your vacation - or from even wanting to go out.
Fortunately, in the United States designing accessible grounds and having a few accessible suites is a requirement for new resorts. But in Europe, while the newer resorts are designed for accessibility, not everywhere is - so be prepared.
With a little planning and a few phone calls you can explore the world just as you've always dreamed, only this time you'll have a wonderful timeshare waiting for you - a place where you can lay your head in a comfortable bed and dream of adventures to come.