I am so very pleased to welcome Scott Rains as a guest blogger on Solo Traveler. Scott publishes the Rolling Rains Report – Precipitating Dialogues on Travel, Disability, and Universal Design. A big thank you to Scott for sharing his unique insights on traveling solo with a disability.
Janice Waugh exposed the heart of solo travel in her eBook “Glad You’re Not Here.” She found that
solo travel is colored by whatever life stage the traveler is navigating.
Disability can make one life stage intrude on another when design and policies create barriers
that limit one’s independence. They complicate both the how and the why of travel. The skill is to anticipate collisions when they are predictable or embrace them with grace when they are not.
Solo travel can be a spiritual practice, a rite of passage, a time for reprioritizing – but Maslow’s Theory of Development reminds us that basic human needs must first be met. For many people with a disability the motivation for solo travel is the same as for their non-disabled peers but the logistics can be many times more complex. Continue reading