Having the ability to travel is a beautiful gift. Some can’t travel for financial, time, or physical reasons. For me, financial and time constraints have not allowed me to travel on occasion, however, I have been very fortunate that physical reasons have never stopped me. However as my parents are getting older, I am starting to see some of the physical challenges of traveling.
I do not think that the travel and hospitality industries are sensitive or conscious enough of the changing demographics of many of the travelers – the aging population. As all of the baby boomers are retiring, they are the ones with the time and most importantly, the money to travel.
When planning a trip for someone with a physical disability, the questions that need to be asked are very different. If I had to plan a trip for my parents a few years ago, I wouldn’t have thought of the right questions to ask. Now that I have traveled with my parents and have seen the types of issues that they have faced, I am much more sensitive to the changing demographic of travelers.