Dear Editor,

Read a reference to your site in the ‘fearless traveler’ q&a in the San Antonio Express News today. I appreciate the information conrained in your site.

My neice is a c6 and has been so since a car wreck at age 18, 20 years ago. She rarely leaves the house. Does not have a computer.

I am educating myself on the externals of disability travel. We meet in Maine, where we grew up, with extended family each summer. Travel from CA is very difficult for her. Generally takes weeks to recover when she returns. I am trying to educate myself to the options for travel from CA to ME.

Thanks for the site. Tim Hathaway

Obviously, each individual’s disability effects them in different ways. The fact that it takes your niece weeks to recover from a trip demonstrates the strain that such an undertaking puts on her system. There could be any number of reasons for this, but one may be the actual way she travels.

To minimize the effort in traveling, she should try to limit the number of steps required for getting from point A to point B. Find a direct flight from California to Maine, or at the very least a flight which doesn’t require changing planes. Once in Maine, she should try to recreate her home environment as closely as possible in her hotel. If this means renting a hospital bed, shower chair, or other equipment, she should do so.

Finally, since it sounds like she is fairly inactive in her daily life, she shouldn’t over extend herself during this trip. Trying to do much more on vacation than she does at home will definitely exhaust her. If you’re all going out together for six hours of activities one day, maybe she should limit herself to three. One last thought is that several weeks prior to her trip she may want to slowly increase her activities in California; in a sense, training for the bigger excursion to Maine.