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    I'm curious how often SCI's travel

    Until I bought my portable shower chair I really didn't travel often, and rarely for more than 3 days. How has your injury limited, if at all, your traveling habits?
    188
    My SCI has had no effect on my travel habits
    11.70%
    22
    My SCI has somewhat affected my desire to travel
    11.17%
    21
    My SCI has somewhat affected my ability to travel
    19.68%
    37
    My SCI has severely limited my desire to travel
    14.89%
    28
    My SCI has severely limited my ability to travel
    23.40%
    44
    I don't travel at all since my SCI
    7.98%
    15
    I travel more than I did prior to my SCI
    11.17%
    21
    Rick Goldstein
    GO! Mobility Solutions
    facebook.com/goes.anywhere

    #2
    Just took a road trip since my injury (9 months post today). It went well and learned that if I want a wheelchair accessible room, I need to make reservations. Planning another trip in Nov. and maybe Jan. No flying yet but that's okay. Didn't like it before the SCI.

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      #3
      I think I've been to more countries post-SCI. Air travel is a pain as far as small seats and pressure reliefs go and business class costs a mint. It is doable though. Cruising is a great way to go to places because you bring your hotel room with you. My problems start on the ground. Scrabbling through ruins is no longer possible without a football team to lift me around in my manual chair. Oh, the Acropolis in Athens is the rare exception! Thanks to the government of Greece for making that accessible to all of us. But the trails into mountains, down into dig sites, just doesn't work anymore. Traveling is about seeing and experiencing new things. SCI's make much of that difficult to impossible.
      Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

      Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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        #4
        The limiting part is money, I don't mind the chair, but the coins are sparse enough to keep me home much more often. I passed up a cruise offer once with family, more so because I knew they would loose time trying to help, IF I had problems, not because of myself. I don't mind hassles/finding alternatives. I just don't want to put others to the task. I'll plug along all day long, when by myself, if need be.

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          #5
          I travel less now mainly due to money. Some of it is due to the hassle of trying to manage luggage and worrying over bathrooms. I still go but I don't get to just pick up for a weekend anymore.
          If you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.


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            #6
            It's a lot tougher to manage luggage and stuff travelling by plane. I prefer roadtrips a lot more now.
            Daniel

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              #7
              Day trips really don't bother me, it's just those long ones that kill me.
              I won't fly so, we travel by car when we do.
              I hate looking forward to long trips and it seems everytime we go on one, I'm sick for 2 days after.
              I guess because 1/2 I'm sleep deprived and 1/2 it's just a stressful pain in the ass to travel for that long.

              But I enjoy being where we go to visit. It's a good break from home.
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                #8
                My tailbone area pain will not allow me to go very far,or for any length of time. Even if I could though $$ would be a BIG difference

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                  #9
                  I actually really enjoy traveling. I have my 20 year hs reunion coming up and since I no longer live in the state that I graduated hs in, I get to travel to the location. This time I'm taking the train. I normally call ahead to the m/hotels to make sure they have a tub bench or showering facilities I can use. I actually ask them to go to the rooms and look at the showers and describe the equipment in there to make sure it is some thing I can use.

                  Flying has been a blast. I purchase my seats in coach but 90% of the time they bump me to first class for ease of getting me on and off the plane. Once I was flying across country to Indiana from Seattle and had a stop over in Minneapolis to change flights. The plane I was on was landing late so the pilot called ahead and asked to the connection flight to wait for me. When we landed in Minneapolis, I was met with a scooter car that took me to the other flight across the airport. We were whizzing around holiday travelers going top speed honking the little horn.

                  Granted all of this was before 9/11 so traveling may have change but I have found if you call ahead and have questions, most people are willing to help. I have had some really good experiences traveling and look forward to more. Now if only the finances allowed more trips.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by goldnucs
                    How has your injury limited, if at all, your traveling habits?
                    I was only 18 when I got hurt. I have no idea how much more or less I would have traveled if I hadn't had my accident, so I wasn't quite sure how to answer the poll. I went ahead and checked the first box though. My injury hasn't affected my traveling at all. Knowing who I was before and who I am now, that answer seems most appropriate.

                    With one exception. My folks offered me and my best friend a trip to Europe about a year after my accident. I turned it down because I was still learning how to manage things and was a bit nervous about the combination of disability and language barrier. That is the only time that I can think of that I have said no to something because of my disability that I would have said yes to otherwise.

                    Oh, and I've been to Europe since then and it was a blast.

                    C.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Sue Pendleton
                      Traveling is about seeing and experiencing new things. SCI's make much of that difficult to impossible.
                      That last part is entirely too strong a phrase. It is nowhere near "impossible" to travel when one has a disability. It can be complicated, and generally requires forethought and planning, but there are far too many quads on these boards alone that travel quite a bit for you to put this statement out there. It's a discouraging generalization for newbies to hear.

                      C.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Tiger Racing
                        That last part is entirely too strong a phrase. It is nowhere near "impossible" to travel when one has a disability. It can be complicated, and generally requires forethought and planning, but there are far too many quads on these boards alone that travel quite a bit for you to put this statement out there. It's a discouraging generalization for newbies to hear.

                        C.
                        I meant the things I enjoyed on the ground pre-SCI is near impossible now. Archeological digs, mushroom hunting, hiking the Italian Alps, getting into UNESCO protected palaces on Rhodes last Fall was out. I have been in the Blue Mosque in Istanbul as well as the Hag Sophia. The Turks are great for helping when they see a need. Oh, and the Grand Bazaar. Ate grilled sardines and drank retsina on Santirini. Villefranche was also a waterfront meal. But I've also ridden a sledge down the mountain in Funchal, Madiera and had lunch in an old Silk Road caravanseri in Turkey. So yes, you can 'get out there' and enjoy it.

                        I do plan a down day so we arrive a day early for cruise departures and normally 2 when we get back to give my skin a rest. Does this stop me? No, the end of October I'll be seing Cartegena, Santa Marta, and San Andres in Columbia for the first time. And I finally have everything needed to learn to snorkel off Haiti on that trip. Will I do everything I would have done pre-SCI? No. I was not trying to be pessimistic but realistic.
                        Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                        Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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                          #13
                          Before his SCI Kev wanted to travel but I was very preocupied with career & financial details .
                          I can't turn back the time but I can help Kev travel as much as our budget allows it.
                          In the past 3 years we've been to about 9 countries.
                          Next trip is tomorrow to Mynmar ,just a day trip .
                          Next major trip will be to Europe perhaps .

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                            #14
                            i love traveling / flying, but my major concern is if i will have care whenever i am going since i'm a c4-5 quad.

                            besides that , i do enjoy myself

                            nice poll !

                            hugs, lola
                            "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing" ~ edmund burker

                            c4-5 quad

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Sue Pendleton
                              I meant the things I enjoyed on the ground pre-SCI is near impossible now.
                              Ah! Well, that's rather more specific.

                              I was not trying to be pessimistic but realistic.
                              Realistic is good. I fully acknowledge that overall, this kind of disability is a PITA and pretty much makes everything at least slightly more difficult than it would be for an AB person. I only objected to what sounded like a blanket statement that was extremely negative.

                              C.

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