Hello, all! I’m Si, and I’ll be your host. I’ve been writing for Disabled Travelers for a while now and I thought it was high time I finally say a word about myself to greet all you great folks who visit the site every month. I unofficially inherited the Disabled Travelers blog from its previous tenant in November of 2009, starting with a little piece about a handicapped air travel controversy in Canada.
Ever since, I’ve been posting on all kinds of topics related to disability-friendly travel around the world, with no intention of stopping soon. As both a world traveler and someone who has overcome serious handicaps, my mission is to help others – whether wheelchair users, those with visual or hearing impairments, or anyone else in the diverse handicapped community – realize their dreams of accessible travel without boundaries.
I am a professional writer with experience in travel, career development, and personal empowerment. I studied creative writing and history at a sunny little liberal arts college in Florida and I’m always on the lookout to learn more about the past of places I visit. From an early age, travel has been an important part of my life, and I make it a point to leave my home base outside Tampa at least once a year for a big adventure …
As far as my own journeys go, it all began with my first international trip when I was granted a scholarship to study literature at Oxford University in the UK. Before then, I had only been from New York to Florida and back – but this three month trip opened my eyes to terrific new possibilities. I was amazed to find out that even in one of the most historic cities in the world, where every street was a mix of old and new, there were plenty of travel options for everyone; and the people I met were always willing to help.
The more I traveled, the more welcome I felt, and the more I wanted to write about it. Since then, I’ve been to Ireland, France, Germany, Sweden, and Poland, as well as about a quarter of the U.S. states. I’m also planning trips to Monaco and Japan. Travel has meant a lot to me, so I see the Disabled Travelers blog as a way of giving back and saying thanks to all the people who’ve helped me go further than I thought possible. At the same time, I get to help all of you out there on the internet create the kind of unforgettable memories and life-changing experiences I’ve enjoyed.
Feel free to contact me any time with questions: you can find me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be glad to answer your email and might even use your comments and queries as part of a future Disabled Travelers post. You can also leave a comment on any of my past posts; I check these daily and will respond as soon as I can. Thank you for reading, and adventure on!