Travel, Vacation, Wheelchair Accessible

Get Outta Town! The Mental Health Benefits of Traveling to Wheelchair Accessible Cities

Guest Writer: Patrick Young

So many of us hold off on taking our vacation days because we feel like work is our one and only. Plus, when you have a disability, you must find the right place to visit so you can get around and enjoy tourist attractions easily. Take advantage of your off-time because there are many benefits to traveling. By getting away from everyday monotony, leaving your comfort zone, and reevaluating your values you can escape to accessible cities and return refreshed and reset. This guide shared by Majestic Meadows can help you discover the joy of traveling and taking a break from it all.

Getting away from the monotony

Though routines can be comforting, there’s nothing like breaking up the monotony with a vacation. By trying new things and meeting new people, you can break out of that groove and find a new one. You might have some accessible adventures already planned out, and that’s great. Just be sure that you’re flexible enough to handle shifts in the plan.

According to National Geographic, with vacations being temporary by nature, we’re more inclined to savor each experience while we’re away. Plus, it adds a slight sense of urgency to check off every item on your itinerary. Remember, though, that if you don’t have every experience you planned, you shouldn’t kick yourself. Instead, focus on all the fun you did have.

Get out of your comfort zone

At home, there are limited options for escaping your comfort zone. One idea is to take a train across the country. Trains are wheelchair accessible, you’ll have a private room, and you’ll get to see the beautiful country through the windows. You might even see parts of your home state that you usually don’t; for instance, if you live in the city and take the train to the countryside, you’ll see the beautiful rows of farmland.

While away, check out some local museums. Don’t limit yourself to only the ones that you’re familiar with. Be open to learning about something completely new. Many museums only require a donation, so you won’t be breaking the bank by going to a few.

Reevaluating your values

Having time away can really give you a different perspective. Lonely Planet explains, “Travel can lead you to question and challenge the norms of everyday life at home.” Maybe you see a couple sitting on a bench, just happy to be together, and realize how much you truly appreciate your partner. Or perhaps you see a family on vacation together and realize how much more you want to travel with your children.

Look for inspiration in places you might usually not — architecture, for example. As you explore, take note of the buildings around you and see if any speak to you. Pay attention to their form, style, and details. Doing this afar can help you appreciate buildings back home.

Places to go

Los Angeles has been named one of the most wheelchair-accessible cities in the U.S. It’s full of history. Visit Hollywood Boulevard for thrills or go shopping. If you’re a sports fan, take in a baseball game. Not only do stadiums offer accessible seating, it’s often the best seats in the house. You can find discounted sports tickets online, filtering by date and price. There’s something about attending live games that make you feel care- and worry-free, giving your mind the vacation it’s asking for.

Chicago is another especially accessible city in the States and a beautiful place to visit. Navy Pier offers a carousel, dozens of restaurants, and its famous Ferris wheel. The Art Institute is a popular destination for art lovers. It includes works from big names like Claude Monet and Henry Matisse, helping you appreciate the beauty in the world.

Some other destinations worth considering are Seattle, Washington DC, and Orlando. Whether you want beaches, museums, or nightlife, there is a city where you can get your fix! Start doing some research to find your ideal destination.

Purchase a Vacation Home

Once you’ve found your ideal destination, you may decide you want to go back again and again. This is where buying a vacation home comes into play. Buying a vacation home in an area where you love to spend time can be a fantastic way to relax and create memories. To purchase a vacation home, the first step is to research the area and find the right property that meets your needs. You will need to have a clear understanding of your budget and financial situation, including any financing options that may be available to you. You will also need to consider the ongoing maintenance and utilities associated with maintaining a vacation home. Once you have identified a property, you will need to work with a real estate agent to negotiate an offer and arrange for a home inspection. Finally, you will need to secure the financing and closing the deal before enjoying your new vacation home. Don’t neglect your vacation days or they’ll be gone before you know it. Get out and explore a new place, reaping the mental health benefits by getting away from everyday monotony, leaving your comfort zone, and reevaluating your values.

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