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Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/30/2011 5:59 PM EST
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Ann, I know in this day and age of doing everything over the internet has its advantages but I think you would have better results with a Travel Agent. Then you have one person that can make sure the proper arrangements can be made.  There are Cruise Specialists and I am sure that they could book a cruise for you that would ensure that your needs would be met. I gotta tell you that the Panama Canal trip is on my list as well.
I have had good luck requesting handicap accessible rooms in Tunica Mississippi.  I also tell them that due to physical limitations an accessible room would be nice but not completely necessary so if they have other requests for a non-smoking, handicap accessible room give it to the person that needs it.    Many casino's there and great entertainment.  It is a nice historic area.  If you have problems with heat probably not wise to make the trip mid summer!

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/30/2011 7:28 PM EST
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First: 10/7/2010
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HiNIKKI :  Thanks for the suggestion( use a travel agent)We didt that years ago & it was the worst experience ever!!!!!!!!!!!!.YellCryThe agent obviously knew nothing about travelling disabled:
 The hotel room's doorway was nearly too narrow for a standard  size wheelchair to fit through itin;
no handrails in bathroom;
noroom to get to the bed if in a chair:NIGHTMARE!Surprised
After that we make our own arrangements w/Hotel's tol lfree # or a long distance direct call to the resrvation desk.I've always asked "what amenities the room has to make it an
" accessable"room.  ItissometimeslikeI am speaking a foreign language.I then ask the doorways ( width) measurements
I askabout bathingfacilities  ( shower  bench seat; roll i ; refrigerator& microwave( less need to get out & search for a place to dine.
In one chain hotel inD.C.; I was promised everything;  On arrival:
nice large room, & nothing else
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A call to front desk got me a transfer bench refrig& microwaveoven delivered& set up by lovely staff. Theshower benchwasset up for theother side& wasimmediately ressembledto suit myneeds.The man who tookcareofit, greeteedmedaily each morning inthelobby& againonourreturn attheend oftheday.He offered suggestions of neaby tourist places & restaurants that were accessable.That was the same Hotel Chain( HOLIDAY (not)OUT that did not shovel snow after a snowfall. TheonlyUS chain that has not failed me isCourtyard by MarriottCool
They always get us the correct type room.The ne time I needed few inor changes made for optimal comfort & convenience, ( repositioningthetable& 2 chairs;   they were done at the very first opportunity ( w/in  one hour of my request).
On theWest coast( my first travel after needing special accomodations,I did not even know what I needed.; Beforet he ADA, became law;  in a moderate priced familyhotel; everything was pretty close to perfect.On the east coast(now a well-seasoned traveller,I keep having trouble, w/ my needs being ignored; promises broken.In one hotel N.H seacoast ) where we went every year  for8 yrs; to take a break from "cabin fever"; take in a community theater show & dine in  a favorite Japanese-Thai restaurant; I knew which of their3 ground floor handicap rooms was best suited to me.I always requested that room [#24].At one check in we were given keys to a 2nd floor non accessable room.When I pointed out the error, we were offered a BIG discount, as if saving $50 would make up for not being ble to  get to the bathroom for three  days &   2 nightsTongue out.We stopped that yearly getaway&  that hotel went out of business a few years later.
when hubby was still running marathons; we booked aroomthrough a travel agent in Maine;(who was a race sponsor).I explained my
needs...everything was perfect.There was enough space to park my wheel chair at bedside,. on theside I needed it 
The front desk called to confirm that everything was as requested.This was an Independt small hotel; only in Maine & I would book there again if
the need arose. Again thiswasbeforetheADA beame law. Unfortunately not every hotel employee takes the stated needs of hteir guests, or the law, seriously.
Hubby nohasaheartondition& I cannotriskhis being upset orputhimthroughthe exhautingneedto check out; findanewhotel& gothereforthe night.I'vehadsoepretty miserableexperiences "on the road" in theU.S.& haveeven threatenedlawsuitsundertheADA nordero get thecorrect accomodations.I've also slept headto foot inorderto park mywheelchairnextt o thebed.I've injuredmy one functioning hand ( cut & bloody trying to get to the bathroom in a roomI had not fully checked out upon check-in.it wasthe same room#  we had used on other trips; but aNewJersey law( accordingto the hotel mgr had required them to re-do  a few things.The contractor  was careless & left a sharp raw edge on n interior doorway.Thehotel mgroffredusanother2 night stayfree, in the future but myDad died before we once again had the time to visit him.After that there is no need to go ack  there. Inedatravlagent familiarw/ diabiliyy needs& terminology; more interestedinservingtheclientthan gettingtheir commssion.That is my" dream" Therewasonewho claimedthatexperise buthubywasstil working 52 weeksayearw/ no time off & travelligwanot possible then. NowthetravelagentsI call seem to preferI makemyowen arrangements; perhapsfearfulof lawsuitsiftey fail to provide accomodations needed.With the hotels not being reliable intheir promises,
I can understand that fear.Sealed
  
ULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?:
Ann, I know in this day and age of doing everything over the internet has its advantages but I think you would have better results with a Travel Agent. Then you have one person that can make sure the proper arrangements can be made.  There are Cruise Specialists and I am sure that they could book a cruise for you that would ensure that your needs would be met. I gotta tell you that the Panama Canal trip is on my list as well. I have had good luck requesting handicap accessible rooms in Tunica Mississippi.  I also tell them that due to physical limitations an accessible room would be nice but not completely necessary so if they have other requests for a non-smoking, handicap accessible room give it to the person that needs it.    Many casino's there and great entertainment.  It is a nice historic area.  If you have problems with heat probably not wise to make the trip mid summer!
Posted by nikki p

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/30/2011 9:36 PM EST
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Nikki, I know what you are going thru. Same thing here but it is in the very early stages and he flat refuses to admit it or go to a doctor. I would love to go to Ireland, Greece and Italy.
Posted by Wa-Ha K


Hey Sweetie, I will put you and hubby in my prayers.

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/31/2011 12:50 AM EST
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First: 11/6/2008
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Thanks Elsa! I need them. I am fast losing my patience with his stubborness.

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/31/2011 7:55 AM EST
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Last: 1/22/2013
I love to go anywhere that has a nice hotel/condo to stay in.  With lots of ammenities and good food and shopping nearby.  I prefer warmer temperatures, but I can deal with the cold outside if I have a fireplace (like at a ski condo).  Just not work, no housework and lots of time to relax.

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/31/2011 8:49 AM EST
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I Hi NIKKI :  Thanks for the suggestion( use a travel agent)We didt that years ago & it was the worst experience ever !!!!!!!!!!!!. The agent obviously knew nothing about travelling disabled:  The hotel room's doorway was nearly too narrow for a standard  size wheelchair to fit through itin; no handrails in bathroom; noroom to get to the bed if in a chair: NIGHTMARE ! After that we make our own arrangements w/Hotel's tol lfree # or a long distance direct call to the resrvation desk.I've always asked "what amenities the room has to make it an " accessable"room.  ItissometimeslikeI am speaking a foreign language.I then ask the doorways ( width) measurements I askabout bathingfacilities  ( shower  bench seat; roll i ; refrigerator& microwave( less need to get out & search for a place to dine. In one chain hotel inD.C.; I was promised everything;  On arrival: nice large room, & nothing else . A call to front desk got me a transfer bench refrig& microwaveoven delivered& set up by lovely staff. Theshower benchwasset up for theother side& wasimmediately ressembledto suit myneeds.The man who tookcareofit, greeteedmedaily each morning inthelobby& againonourreturn attheend oftheday.He offered suggestions of neaby tourist places & restaurants that were accessable.That was the same Hotel Chain( HOLIDAY (not)OUT that did not shovel snow after a snowfall. TheonlyUS chain that has not failed me isCourtyard by Marriott They always get us the correct type room.The ne time I needed few inor changes made for optimal comfort & convenience, ( repositioningthetable& 2 chairs;   they were done at the very first opportunity ( w/in  one hour of my request). On theWest coast( my first travel after needing special accomodations ,I did not even know what I needed.; Beforet he ADA, became law;  in a moderate priced familyhotel; everything was pretty close to perfect.On the east coast(now a well-seasoned traveller,I keep having trouble, w/ my needs being ignored; promises broken.In one hotel N.H seacoast ) where we went every year  for8 yrs; to take a break from "cabin fever"; take in a community theater show & dine in  a favorite Japanese-Thai restaurant; I knew which of their3 ground floor handicap rooms was best suited to me.I always requested that room [#24].At one check in we were given keys to a 2nd floor non accessable room.When I pointed out the error, we were offered a BIG discount, as if saving $50 would make up for not being ble to  get to the bathroom for three  days &   2 nights .We stopped that yearly getaway&  that hotel went out of business a few years later. when hubby was still running marathons; we booked aroomthrough a travel agent in Maine;(who was a race sponsor).I explained my needs...everything was perfect.There was enough space to park my wheel chair at bedside,. on theside I needed it  The front desk called to confirm that everything was as requested.This was an Independt small hotel; only in Maine & I would book there again if the need arose. Again thiswasbeforetheADA beame law. Unfortunately not every hotel employee takes the stated needs of hteir guests, or the law, seriously. Hubby nohasaheartondition& I cannotriskhis being upset orputhimthroughthe exhautingneedto check out; findanewhotel& gothereforthe night.I'vehadsoepretty miserableexperiences " on the road" in theU.S.& haveeven threatenedlawsuitsundertheADA nordero get thecorrect accomodations.I've also slept headto foot inorderto park mywheelchairnextt o thebed.I've injuredmy one functioning hand ( cut & bloody trying to get to the bathroom in a roomI had not fully checked out upon check-in.it wasthe same room#  we had used on other trips; but aNewJersey law( accordingto the hotel mgr had required them to re-do  a few things.The contractor  was careless & left a sharp raw edge on n interior doorway.Thehotel mgroffredusanother2 night stayfree, in the future but myDad died before we once again had the time to visit him.After that there is no need to go ack  there. Inedatravlagent familiarw/ diabiliyy needs& terminology; more interestedinservingtheclientthan gettingtheir commssion.That is my" dream" Therewasonewho claimedthatexperise buthubywasstil working 52 weeksayearw/ no time off & travelligwanot possible then. NowthetravelagentsI call seem to preferI makemyowen arrangements; perhapsfearfulof lawsuitsiftey fail to provide accomodations needed.With the hotels not being reliable intheir promises, I can understand that fear.    ULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE? :
Posted by Ann N


Ann, you have just come up with a great job.  Become a travel agent that specializes in travel for the "other" abled (don't really like the term disabled).  There has to be a lot of business in that particular branch.  There has to be a lot of people that would benefit from a service like that.
I have heard that the absolute best place to go if you have limitations is Disney, I guess they go out of their way to help their guests.

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/31/2011 8:55 AM EST
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Thanks Elsa! I need them. I am fast losing my patience with his stubborness.
Posted by Wa-Ha K


I have found that sometimes the best thing to do is just get out of the house.  Go for a walk, a drive anything.  When you get back everything seems better.  You are more relaxed and he has moved on.
I have found I can tell a difference in my husbands breathing when he begins to get frustrated or anxious if I can redirect the conversation or explain what is going on in another manner he relaxes.  Watch for clues he will start to give.
Thoughts and prayers for you both..

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/31/2011 9:37 AM EST
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First: 10/6/2010
Last: 6/11/2011
That's a hard question to answer, there are so many places I have never been to.
I would love to go back to Hawaii and to Italy. But I would love to see Alaska, Ireland and Peru.
I guess my dream vacation would be a world trip!
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