EXPLORE THE WORLD AT A RELAXED PACE
The Relaxed Explorer LLC focuses our travel expertise on providing tours, most of which are accessible to individuals with mobility concerns. These tours take place primarily in desirable, picturesque European destinations.
We evaluate and personally visit locations and come up with the very best options for your tour, including considerations of the geographical terrain. We provide accessible hotels, attractions, transportation and restaurants, whenever possible.
European Travel Tips for an Enjoyable, Accessible Vacation
Europe, Ah Europe...a country steeped in history, culture, cuisine...as well as cobblestones, stairs, and narrow passages. This can be daunting for individuals who have mobility concerns, whether in a wheelchair, use an assisting device or just prefer to walk a little slower. Don’t let this deter you from experiencing a great trip! Here are some tips for the relaxed pace traveler:
Plan Ahead – Edinburgh, Cologne, Versailles - many European sites are more accessible than you may think. Advance planning and research shed insight on many accessible attractions. Maybe you’re planning a family vacation and want to be sure everyone’s wants are covered – it’s always a good idea to prepare. Having a few back-up ideas comes in handy too. You never know when mother nature may interfere with a cruise on Loch Ness or whale watching excursion out of Reykjavik. And if you don’t have time to do the research, reach out to a travel professional – like us!
Map Your Path - Knowing your route ahead of time prevents your vacation from becoming a stressful struggle. Identifying wheelchair ramps, flat pavement, accessible building entrances and transportation stations make for an easier trip.
Know Your Limits - Would you feel safer and more comfortable exploring magnificent Rome with a group? How much down time do you need, to relax and stroll through the boutiques in Paris? Know yourself. Everyone wants to enjoy their vacation, and knowing your limits is key to a successful trip.
Be Prepared - Don’t let a flat tire on your scooter while sightseeing in picturesque, mountainous Switzerland ruin your trip! Pack according to your needs, and consider such items as spare parts for equipment, ample supplies and medications. Also, consider engaging a travel companion – this can be extremely valuable in unexpected situations.
Consider a group - Traveling with a group offers many benefits – you get to sit back and enjoy the trip, while all the plans, routes and details have been handled for you. Some companies – like us – cater to accessible and relaxed pace travel.