I live in the Lake District with my husband Darren and our little dog, Poppy.
I love to travel, to the next town or somewhere far away. I’m an organiser, a planner, and a list maker. Researching new places to go is what I love to do, and it’s also been part of my role as Information Service Manager at Tourism for All for the last 11 years.
I got involved with Trailblazers in 2010 when I heard about the first tourism campaign. I didn’t have any disabled peers growing up, and it felt fantastic to be joining a group of like-minded people who were passionate about the same things as me.
I have Cerebral Palsy, which means I use a wheelchair. I was brought up to believe that there is nothing I absolutely cannot do – there is always a way. My blog and travel writing is my way of sharing that belief with the world, and celebrating accessible businesses that go above and beyond to make sure that everybody enjoys their holidays and travels.
The single biggest barrier to accessible tourism is lack of factual information. I hear from many disabled travellers who have to search dozens of different websites to find the information they need, literally spending day and night online just to book a simple break. Thankfully I can help them to find suitable, accessible accommodation and places to visit using websites like OpenBritain.
Accessible travel isn’t always easy, it does require a lot of extra planning and sometimes there are surprises along the way. For me, that makes the beach sunsets, the rooftop city views, and the countryside landscapes even more beautiful. To have overcome what feels like a million extra obstacles and be able to say ‘I got here!’ is an amazing feeling. That’s why I have such a passion for the industry I work in; every day I help people to realise their accessible travel dreams, and help businesses to make those dreams possible.
In my role as Trailblazers Tourism Ambassador I’d like to encourage and inspire more young disabled people to travel – locally, nationally or internationally. Days out, holidays and travel give us the opportunity to make memories, and remind us of our capabilities. Everybody should have access to that!