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Seeing your byline in a beautiful glossy magazine is PEAK writer dreams…and also incredibly rare these days! After all, my last print byline was for Good Housekeeping in 2017. And now, three years later? Well, what a way to kick off 2020 — with a print piece all about the state of accessible travel…
Yes, accessible travel.
As you can probably imagine, I was BEYOND excited when the magazine’s editor reached out to me about writing this piece. Accessible travel isn’t something we typically read about in mainstream publications and, honestly, I think there’s still a lot of misunderstandings and misconceptions about what it’s like to travel with a disability.
For example, take our NYC adventure last summer. It had been nearly a decade since I went on vacation and in addition to the usual stress of scheduling and packing, a host of questions loomed: Will my wheelchair be OK on the plane? Will the cars be accessible? Will I be able to navigate the Big Apple sidewalks? What if the buildings don’t have elevators?
Thankfully, we had a wonderful trip (yay for accessible taxis!), but we worried because accessible travel hasn’t always been the most, well, accessible for people with disabilities, who make up roughly 15% of the world’s population, according to the World Health Organization. My childhood was filled with one family vacation after another, with stops at hotels, historical sites, state parks and rest stops, and I learned early on that traveling is never easy when you have a disability. From inaccessible buildings to rental cars that aren’t exactly wheelchair-friendly, there’s a lot to consider before you jet off for fun!
But the good news? Society is finally making strides when it comes to accessibility, which is why it was so important for me to write this article! Plus, to my surprise, the travel industry is making even more strides than I thought. And not just stateside, either! And not just when it comes to physical disabilities, either! Places like London’s Heathrow Airport are at the forefront in creating a stress-free travel experience for people with invisible disabilities like autism.
It was such a thrill and an honor to get to talk to travel industry insiders and hear all the cool stuff they’re doing to help disabled travelers! Hats off to those who are paving the way for more inclusive, more enjoyable and more FUN travel adventures for disabled people! I can’t wait for my next adventure too! Be sure to check out the February issue if you can!! xoxo
Happy Friday, friends!! I’m really feeling the retro vibe of “groovy weekend” in that title!! Doesn’t it just remind you of some late ‘60s hip party with cool music?? Anyway, what are your plans this weekend? I went to the dentist today and got a clean bill of teeth health! Whew! Looks like I’m safe for another six months, which I’m sure will just go flying by! Hope you all have a groovy weekend, and here are my favorite finds from the wonderful Web…
Ummm, 1995 called and they want their scrunchies back!
How cool are these Golden Girls Halloween costumes??
IT’S ABOUT TIME: Mattel releases its first gender-neutral doll.
I sure wish I had these board games on bed sheets when I was in the hospital.
Because we could all use some body positivity moments right about now!
Plus, don’t forget to check out these awesome pieces by women writers…
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Nancy Pelosi is a NATIONAL TREASURE.
I’m probably going to end up saying (well, more like blogging) this over and over in 2020, but you know what?? I’m not sorry…
Unsurprisingly, this month’s State of the Union speech was a disastrous trainwreck full of fake news and resembling some sort of scary Handmaid’s Tale alternate universe. I was pretty much yelling at my TV the entire time and I don’t even want to know just how high my blood pressure got. It. Was. Bad. And. Dangerous.
Just when I was about to turn off the TV in utter disgust, a grand finale moment of sorts occurred. It was the crowning moment — and my favorite moment — in two hours that felt like an eternity. By now, you probably know exactly which moment I’m talking about. Nancy Pelosi ripping up that nonsense of a speech is the brilliantly defiant mood I’m here for! It was a true act of patriotic defiance that we’ve all been craving and desperately needing.
In fact, it was my absolute favorite part of the entire night; actually, it’s really the only thing I remember from that whole speech and I suspect it’s the only thing most people remember about that night too. And, well, apparently, that made some people very, very upset because social media was flooded the next day with people decrying “classless!” and “disrespectful” when talking about Pelosi’s actions.
Yes, people were really out there angry about her ripping up a PIECE OF PAPER while the “president” mocks the disabled, demeans women, puts children in cages, takes away health care and rips apart the fabric of this country EVERY DAY. Yes, the hypocrisy is rich here.
The ongoing sexist double standard became even more glaring the day after the speech, when Senators voted to acquit the “president.” Here’s what we learned: Men are found not guilty while women are always on trial. Women are consistently held to a higher standard than men and don’t have the luxury of being defiant or outspoken in the same way men are. If we are, we’re labeled nasty and classless. We can’t win.
That paradigm runs so deep, doesn’t it? Women are taught to be nice and polite at all costs, no matter how harmful it is to them. We tell women to smile more, stop being so emotional and get over it. It’s all exhausting. Needless to say, that one week provided such an interesting juxtaposition when you compare Trump’s acquittal and the anger over Nancy Pelosi. It put so many things in sharp focus.
You know, seeing her rip up that speech almost made me wish I still had the emails that a certain mansplaining jerk once sent me — it would just feel so satisfying to just rip it up with the same level of defiance demonstrated by Nancy Pelosi.
I’ve also been thinking about that quote from historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich: “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” It’s so true!! It’s the rule-breakers and those who dare to buck convention and challenge the status quo who ultimately make history. Here’s to all the strong, badass, status-quo shaking, glass-ceiling shattering, rule-changing women who refuse to be quiet