Disability Travel Resources, Stories and Life Posts

I’m a third culture kid.

In a nut shell (and read the link above if you want more), it means I was raised in cultures other than my parent’s own.

Long before disability became a defining part of my life, being a third culture kid (or global nomad) was central to my identity.

I’ve been raising my kids since they were born to be, like me, excellent travelers. We go on adventures weekly, we travel long, we travel hard and it’s a part of who we are.

Here are a collection of travel posts.

I am including posts from Mexico, the Lost Coast (- because living off the grid in a yurt for 4 years was an adventure), Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Sweden, Hawaii, Denmark, Netherlands, France, Hungary, Poland, California and posts with musings on the connection between travel and disability.

Travel and Disability

The Highlanders of Kalmar County

This is an image-heavy travel post When my Grandpa Jack passed on, we found many, many photos. They were photos of three laughing young women and one man. They were photos of their adventures. The photos are almost uncanny in how they capture their spirit, playful sense of fun, and the the skill with which ...

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Midsummer in Sweden

Herring pie, leaf drenched phallic poles, songs that involve frogs and glorious flowers and light: what’s not to love?

Denmark: Strawberries, Vikings & Really Good Licorice

Over a hundred photos and stories of our time in Denmark

The Longest Ride of Our Lives

a long train ride

Krakow: The City With Multiple Personalities

One day in Krakow

Invisible Disability and Getting Burned Out in Budapest

How we travel with invisible disabilities

The Absolute, Very Best Part of Budapest

a little girl and her family

Disability Access in Budapest

This is about disability access in Budapest. It includes deaf access in Budapest, blind access, and physical access in Budapest. There are links to helpful organizations and other posts at the end of this article. Budapest was a real shock for me after the Netherlands, because one country (- the Netherlands) is the absolute best ...

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It Took a Deaf Lady in Budapest

This is a photo-heavy travel post about Budapest I was fascinated by so much that I saw in Budapest. The grocery stores, markets, food breads and pastries something something? meat at the market gelato gyros! breads at the mini market such huge cauliflower! gyros! marzipan hungarian chipschips marizipan shop my kids were so excited hawaii ...

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Susie, Budapest, and Getting My Ass Kicked

This is a travel post about arriving in the train station Budapest and finding our way to the Air B n' B through public transport. Budapest dazzled and intrigued me as we stepped off the train at the Kaleti station. Like a glorious glass lace building, it’s arches soared and sunlight poured in. It was ...

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On the Night Train to Budapest

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Disability Access in Holland

This is a travel post about physical access in Holland (the Netherlands). It includes opinion about Dutch euthanasia, eugenics and the differences between the Netherlands and the United States with regard to disability rights and access. You know how you don't really miss something you've never had? Like, you kind of bumble around life, stumble ...

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Welcome to Holland

This is a travel post. In the Down syndrome community, there is a famous missive called, "Welcome to Holland." It was written in the 80's by Emily Perl Kinglsey (who was a writer at Sesame Street - you can thank her for a lot of the inclusion that went on there). A lot of people ...

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Have Disability, Will Travel

We're leaving for Europe soon.  It occurred to me recently that this is kind of funny, with regard to disability. All of us except for one person (- Mack, my youngest child), has a disability! We've got my mom, who has an Acquired Brain Injury, PTSD, post concussion syndrome and dizziness and balance issues (related ...

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We Are Going to Europe!

First of all, let me jump and down and squeeeeeeeel: we are going to Europe!!we are going to Europe!!we are going to Europe!! !!!!!!!! Here are the nuts and bolts: My mom is taking the kids and I on a Heritage Tour: we're going to go to all of the places where her family is ...

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Traveling With a Child with Down Syndrome

This is a post about traveling with a child with Down syndrome. It includes lots of tips and opinions. There are some affiliate links below - if you buy something using them, it helps me pay for this site but costs you nothing extra. Thanks for your support! Traveling With a Child With Down Syndrome ...

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beef, beans and grief

I got into a conversation with the woman sitting at the table next to us at Beef & Beans, a summer event of American awesomeness at our local grange. I had never met her before, but Mikey told me that her husband did the wiring for our addition, before Dana left. "I liked what you ...

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Bike Rides & Home Study: This Week on the Lost Coast

Simple things from this week on the Lost Coast

The Law with Teeth: the Reason I Won’t Live Outside the U.S.

I’ve lived all over the place, and traveled past that. And while I deeply love the countries that raised me (namely, Fiji and Japan), I don’t think I will ever live outside the United States again for any great length of time. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is why. What does the ADA mean, exactly? …

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Why Frida Kahlo Remains Relevant

“Oh my God!”, Mikey exclaimed as he read about Frida Kahlo for the first time, “she’s like someone you would be crazy about; a painter AND disabled!” Later he added that if she were alive, I’d probably be stalking her. I started my “Frida Period” when I lived in Tucson, Arizona about 20 years ago. I …

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The ‘Momcation’

Mikey and I agreed that after my heavy solo-parenting gig of the summer and also solo-care of our chitlins during stretches when Mikey left the farm to buy a truck (or visit friends), I deserved a break, a Momcation. Like, a real momcation, without even one child with me, completely solo. So I signed up …

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Beyond Awareness: The Disability Acceptance Tour

It’s good to see people with disabilities doing something out of the ordinary. Good to see children with disabilities traveling and exploring the world. Good to see parents with disabilities being parents, good to see pictures and read stories that are about humor, power, understanding and connecting. We need those stories, all of ’em. In This …

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Horse Therapy and Down syndrome?!

One of the first things that we learned here was that Moxie’s pre-school teacher has a coincidental background in Special Education and practices horse therapy in her spare time. Some might call that “coincidence” but I like to call it the Universe aligning stars for our Rainbow. Cheesy, a bit? Yeah, maybe, but how else …

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Unicorns, Magic and Friendly Insects

The days slipped by like beads upon a rosary, easily, and semi-contemplatively. (I was going to say “quietly”, but we have three kids; who would I be fooling?!) While they were not quiet, the days were easy, moving forward with happiness and in that zennish state you get when you are on the beach for …

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Visiting CRIT in La Paz, Mexico: Centro de Rehabilitacion Infantil Teleton

I gotta admit that I was getting a little annoyed. First there was a lot of dead silence from disability organizations in the US that I was trying to contact to make connections with other groups or people in Mexico. I mean, I know people are busy, but gimme a break! Not responding at all, …

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Forsaken

When I found out that I was pregnant with a baby with Down syndrome, I barely made it home before the howls came. The howls that had me on my knees that felt like they made their way up from my soul, out through my mouth. Each tear that came with them felt laced with …

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The Road Less Traveled: The Connection Between Travel & Disability & Living a Life with Moxie

This blog now seems to have an audience that is made up of travelers, people with disabilities and parents of kids with special needs/disabilities. This makes sense to me, because, after all, living life in a unique way is something that all three of these groups have in common, right? In This Post You Will …

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The Road Less Traveled: The Connection Between Travel & Disability

This blog now seems to have an audience that is made up of travelers, people with disabilities and parents of kids with special needs/disabilities. This makes sense to me, because, after all, living life in a unique way is something that all three of these groups have in common, right? In This Post You Will …

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Stories of Growing Moxie: Choices & Challenges

One of the things I love about road travel is how conducive it is to reflection. I’ve been reflecting on moxie. I’m going to be honest here: I’ve wanted to put this post out forever. But I keep feeling like I’m too small fry of a blog, too much of a dork, I’m not cool …

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