GirlGI | Girl Gone International Issue 8 - Page 42

Tromsø, Norway In some countries they have laws that require places be accessible to all, but many countries do not. How do you face these challenges? I am very independent, I trust in other people and I’m quite fearless; that is my strength when travelling with a handicap. Accessibility is the hard part when traveling and there will always be situations in which I cannot participate. Then you need to flip the situation around and think - what can I do to make this just as fun but with a different approach. Finding a hotel with reasonable access can be difficult. I remember countless times when arriving at a new place we get our backpack stored, usually at the first hotel we inquire about an accessible room - they always agree to store it because they are ashamed that they don’t have accessible rooms. Then we walk up and down the streets until we find something good. We never book a journey through a travel agency, neither have we ever tried any travel packages. Pre-booking a room is also something we hardly ever do, except if we know the hotel or are booking through a hotel chain we already know of. When it comes to an understanding of what an accessible room is, everybody has a different opinion and that’s the reason we rarely book a room in advance. There are many things non-handicapped people don’t think of, small things like going through a narrow door or entering a building