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We're looking for ideas for disabled travelers.

We're looking for ideas for disabled travelers

Exotic cruises, jungle safaris, European vacations--they're not out of reach for travelers with impaired mobility, even though such trips pose difficulties that able-bodied travelers have probably never dreamed existed.

Imagine yourself embarking on a cruise only to face an access barrier: a slight difference in level between the passageway deck and your stateroom deck. Or having to dehydrate for two days before a long flight so you won't have to use the airplane's rest room--because you can't get there without your wheelchair, which must go in the luggage compartment.

If you or a friend or family member has limited mobility, we'd like to hear from you. Let us know about your travel arrangements. What planning must you do to make your trips comfortable and trouble-free?

If you're willing to share your experiences with Sunset, consider any of the following questions to get you started.

1. Planning your trip. Where do you get your travel ideas? Are they recommendations from friends? Have you read about them? Does your travel agent have good suggestions? Have you found an organization, travel agency, book, or publication particularly helpful in planning or organizing your travels? (Please include a name and address, or a title and publisher.)

2. Getting there. How do you get where you're going? Do you fly, drive, take a bus, train, or ship? Does the airport, pier, or bus or train station meet your needs? What methods have you devised for dealing with uneven ground, narrow passages, doors that open toward you, steep ramps? Must you travel with another person to mitigate these difficulties?

3. When you arrive. Where do you stay when you travel--hotel, bed-and-breakfast, private home? What sorts of advance arrangements do you usually make--do you give a list of requirements to a travel agent, do a test run, send a scout? If you use a travel agent, what questions do you routinely ask before making travel plans (have you developed a check list)?

4. Following your lead. What advice would you give other disabled travelers who might choose a trip similar to the one you've described?

Please send your answers to Disabled Travelers' Reports, Sunset Magazine, 80 Willow Rd., Menlo Park, Calif. 94025.
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