Well, here we are. The start of something big! I am very excited to be introducing myself, and sharing with you the start of what will be an excellent journey together.
So let’s begin. My name is Melissa. I’m a 30 something year old, with a background in Social Work, who is situated in Vancouver, Canada, and has a medical condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI). I may stand a mere 4′ tall as a result, but I’m still a huge fan of travelling. I love to travel and experience everything about it. A country’s food and culture, its people, the sights and sounds, the arts and entertainment, the history, even the architectural structures of its buildings. However, as a person with a (dis)Ability, it is not without challenges.
People with OI are impacted differently in their day-to-day lives depending on the degree of severity, limitations, and ailments associated with the condition. For myself, my condition hampers my mobility. Although I do not require any walking aides or a wheelchair to get around, I cannot walk, stand, sit, or climb for long periods of time without getting sore. I also tire more easily than the average traveller, and I cannot lift or carry travelling bags that are more than 20 lbs. Regardless, I travel not to escape my life with my condition, but to live it with it.
This blog is about my personal travel experiences, and what I have discovered along the way that I want to share with you. It is my hope that this blog will not only be a platform to generate and share ideas, stories, or questions with each other, but also to spread awareness and address concerns for travellers with mobility issues through consultation and discussions with those involved in providing tourism.
So in the wise words of Dr. Seuss in Oh, the Places You’ll Go! “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy (or girl) who’ll decide where to go.”