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Author: kba

Joined: 6/19/2010
Posts: 67
Trips Taken: 5
Traveler Since: 2009

November 17, 2012

I am getting ready for a river cruise on the Rhine/Mosel and started thinking about some of the "not so friendly" discussions about people with mobility issues.  I have emphysema and, sometimes, am not able to "keep-up."  I have switched from land tours to river cruising because I do not want to limit other travelers.  While river cruising I have never even thought that the rest of my group should slow down so I could keep-up.  Before we begin "trekking" I let the PD know that I may turn around and that he/she need not worry.  I travel solo so if I have made friends I let them know there is no need to worry or go slow on my behalf.  Some of my best memories are of the times I slow down, wander off the beaten track and have a coffee or wine and watch a whole new world go by.  So, my fellow mobility impaired travel companions, don't worry about race walking or wall climbing.  Don't ask others to struggle with your disabilities.  Slow yourself down, let your PD know you can handle yourself on your own at your own pace. 

Author: nanaandpapa

Joined: 3/30/2011
Posts: 495
Trips Taken: 15
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Aruba, Austria, Australia, Bermuda, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Egypt, England, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, St. Marten (fr), St. Martin (nd), Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Vatican, Zimbabwe

Traveler Since: 2002

November 17, 2012

 That is a great attitude. If you are oging to possibly separate from the group on a walking tour, just make sure that the PD knows, so that he/she doesn't get concerned when there is a person missing, and make sure that you get a boarding pass before leaving the ship, so that they are aware that you are not on board, just in case you are late returning. This applies whether you have a mobility issue or just like to wander off on your own.

Author: tobybt

Joined: 4/19/2012
Posts: 5
Trips Taken: 1
Traveler Since: 2012

November 17, 2012

Two addition points: On the back of the boarding pass is a contact phone number if you have an emergency. Also know that most walking tours end up being full circles or semi-circles making it easy to join the group again. Passengers will generally be split into 3 groups, going in slight different directions, making it easy to join the other groups! In fact many of us broke off to stay a bit longer in a certain area or wander off on our own.

May I suggest, the night before have one of the giudes map out the next days walk. You will then know each stop ahead and a few different routes to get there!

We just finished that cruise, and like myself had people walking very slow for all our personal reasons. Enjoy! It is fantastic!

Author: walshcs

Joined: 1/25/2011
Posts: 102
Trips Taken: 4
Countries Visited:

Costa Rica, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Guatemala, the Canadian Maritimes incl. Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI, Montreal (Quebec), , and many USA cities incl. NYC, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington DC, Portland Oregon, the Oregon coast, Maine coast, parts of Florida. I took a 10 day tour to Costa Rica where I was especially thrilled to experience the tropical plants, birds, volcanos, and met the friendly Ticos. I did Ireland in Depth with GCT Oct. 2011 and it was an inspiring, beautiful, and meaningful experience to finally visit the land of my Irish ancestors. Completed the Tuscany & the Amalfi Coast with the pre-trip to Venice April 21, 2012 and it was a travel dream fulfilled. I booked Guatemala with Tikal, Antigua and Atitlan for January 2013 and had a wonderful adventure discovering modern day Maya culture and learning about ancient Maya city states with my visit to Tikal. It was very exciting that OAT brought back the trip to Japan. I had the trip of a lifetime including the pre-trip to Tokyo in Nov. 2013 and even did the Maiko make-over in Kyoto. My friends at home couldn't believe the "20 year old" in the photos of a Geisha were really me. Thank you professional photographer & photo shop! :) The next trip booked for Sept. 2014 is the Best of Eastern Europe (land trip version) and I'm looking forward to history & culture in that region. Now I finally have the resources to pursue my "bucket list" of foreign travel and the freedom to chart my own life's course. Ask questions that will satisfy your requirements/interests in a travel buddy. Looking forward to meeting you here and maybe in the world. Warm regards, Cate I'll post a photo when I remember to bring one from home. (Only have internet at work for now.)

Traveler Since: 2011

November 28, 2012

Hi Kba,

I am inspired by your acceptance of the need to adapt in a way that allows you to continue enjoying travel. I can't imagine that anyone on your upcoming trip would complain about someone as considerate as yourself and hope that you have a wonderful cruise.

On our Ireland in Depth trip last year, there was a woman who had survived a horrific auto accident & had some walking difficulties, however, she just went at her own pace without asking anyone else to accomodate her needs (except for notifying the program director). At our farewell dinner guess who got a round of applause for her can-do spirit and personal travel style!

Wishing you the very best and "keep on travelin' ",

walshcs

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