DISABILITY & WANDERLUST

I've always wanted to travel. I want to go on adventures and see the world - but there's just one thing holding me back. I have that little voice in the back of my head telling me I can't do it and that travelling the world won't be for me - because of my disability. 

I've always said that I'd refuse to let my disability define me, that it wouldn't stop me from doing whatever I want and living my life to the fullest, but when it comes to travelling, my disability will have an effect. I struggle with public transport in this country, let alone in one where I don't speak the language, so that's the typical student interrailing out the window straight away. I couldn't travel alone, I'd need to stay in accessible hostels and I couldn't just pick up any job to fund myself while I'm out there -crutches and waitressing just doesn't really work. As with any new experience, it feels like there's and extra 6000 things to consider if you're doing it with a disability. 

I'm not saying that it isn't possible and I'm definitely not saying that I won't go travelling, just that it's frustrating (and a lot more expensive) to have to think about so many extra things. I'd love to backpack and interrail and I'm sure if I sat and thought about it I could do it, but sometimes I just wish I didn't have to be so determined. 

Sometimes it can be hard to accept the challenges presented by disability, especially since I spend so much time trying to be positive and upbeat about it. I hate being negative and accepting I might struggle to do something, but sometimes it's realistic and helpful to recognise that something will be hard - if you have a disability, do you agree?

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