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Disability Question

I'm a senior and use a cane and would like to travel to Asia, Middle East, Africa etc. I have seen trips for the disabled in wheelchairs but I am a slower walker not in a chair. I haven't seen any travel agency or group tour that caters to slow walkers. I'm sure there are many older travelers who just need a slower pace and are frustrated with this situation. Any advice? Thank you

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See if Senior Discovery Tours offers what you are looking for .

seniordiscoverytours.ca

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6771 posts

I think that's a tough dilemma because, by definition, most tour groups are voluntarily selected but have no age or ability "brackets" - so in any group, you will find a mix of abilities that the tour guide/director needs to cater to. Have you considered possibly going with a companion who could be there for support instead of a tour group? I am in my early 40s and can travel quite briskly at times, so I can't suggest a particular tour group but have found that solo travel (if you can do it of course, which may not be the case) gives most flexibility of choice as to pace of travel.

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seniordiscoveries/ca is for "active seniors" as is the case for every senior tour company I've investigated. Thank you

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I think there might be room for a tour company just catering to baby boomers who are mobile but just looking for trips that are a slower activity level.

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6771 posts

Rhodes Scholars has been mentioned here a few times...will that work? Perhaps it's the choice of trip as well - some may be less active. (Or perhaps I'm misreading this - you may very well want an "active" trip but just on a slower pace). I would call around and talk with different tour departments to get their take - maybe they can even make suggestions if their company doesn't do the trick.

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Thanks but I've recently called Rhodes who used to cater more to slower travelers but have changed their focus to active seniors. Their so called "easier" trips are not geared to slow walkers.

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@coneyny, I hear you! We travel independently and don't even do group city walking tours because I can't keep up with the pace, especially when I get tired and really slooow down. We do RS self-guided walks with lots of rest stops to admire the view ... and admiring that view from the ground level when there's no elevator.

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2353 posts

Have you looked at this site:

http://www.executiveclasstravelers.com/1/tour_operators.htm

They list a number of tour guides that specialize in disabled or specialized travel. Many list as customized to your needs.

Choose where you would like to take a tour:
United States - Europe - Australia - New Zealand
Africa - Asia - South America - Middle East - Canada

Posted by
7 posts

I have. They either deal with developmental disabilities, cruises I can book on my own, or places I have been to in the past. I think I should start a tour company for over 50 slow pace!

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8649 posts

Sorry you are having such a time finding a tour company to fit your needs.

I have been on 2 Road Scholar International Trips and 4 of their US programs. I can confirm the 2 International ones and 2 of the domestic ones (both activity based) were very active. There was one tour member on one of the international ones who really needed assistance on and off the bus. Both the leader, instructor and bus driver were unable to physically assist her based on their company policies. I believe the traveler had either not read the physical requirements for the tour or had ignored them. It made for a difficult time for the group as she was not able to keep up with an active itinerary. I do notice that Road Scholar is using more strongly worded language in their trip descriptions now.

The easy level programs I have done with Road Scholar were the genealogy ones in Salt Lake City which involved walking a short distance from the hotel to the Family History Library. On those 2 programs there were participants using canes and walkers but that does not get you to Asia, Middle East or Africa!!

I truly hope you find something that works for you.

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Thanks for understanding. I've made a pretty exhaustive search . There is nothing like what I need at present. It's basically a tour company that deals with slower paced travel . There has got to be a large untapped market of boomers who are not completely disabled but are not able to keep up with a regular tour .

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This looks a lot like what you are looking for:

Mobility impairment

Africa is truly accessible with Endeavour Safaris’ wheelchair accessible tours. Whether you use a cane, crutches, have a slight limp, use a manual wheelchair or permanently use an electric chair, we can show you the beauty of Southern Africa: those destinations never before thought possible. Your disability, whatever it may be, should not influence your dream journey.

Clearly not strictly for those in a wheel chair.

Would you be opposed to touring with some that are in wheelchairs?

or this:

African Tours

Flamingo Tours & Disabled Adventure

Our tours are personalized, tailored around client’s specific needs, interests, budget and Cape Town’s uniqueness. With South Africa’s stunning diversity and with a coastline of two oceans, wine lands and fruit orchards, wheat lands and mountains, people and culture, game viewing, modern cities and quaint towns. Spring flowers and Whales.

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This looks great especially Endeavor! How can you get a better recommendation than Stephen Hawkngs?? Now can you find something similar for Asia? 😀Thank you !!