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Q&A by Ilona Kauremszky

Q: I need wheelchair friendly places. Any ideas?

A: Seasoned travel writer Candy Harrington, editor of Emerging Horizons magazine, has the latest scoop on this growing topic. Called, “ Barrier Free Travel,” the book is now in its second edition and covers a wide variety of issues affecting those who rely on barrier-free travel. A nuts and bolts resource, the book is loaded with sound advice and as Candy notes, "Due to popular demand, the second edition has an expanded cruise chapter, a chapter on traveling with kids, information on airport security and tons of new resources.

More and more wheelers and slow walkers are hitting the road these days, and I've done my best to include useful information, resources and tips to help them out." You’ll quickly learn this is not only an informative read but it is a valuable resource that is well researched.

The author incorporates plenty of first case scenarios, identifies applicable legislation (while in most cases the laws cited are American) and through her writing style, you’ll discover this serious topic is sprinkled with an easy first person narrative that makes the topic of accessible travel, a friendly read.

In the cruise section, Candy identifies service animals and reports one of the biggest concerns about them is the animal’s toileting arrangement. “It’s a good idea to get your dog used to nongrass toileting prior to your cruise,” she writes and adds, “I’ve also received reports from a few cruisers who just let their service animals piddle in the shower.”

All in all there are 15 chapters in addition to a bunch of resources. Topics include air travel, protecting your equipment, beyond wheelchairs, bus travel, train travel, finding the right room, taking the kids and more.

Other resources noted are www.handicappedtravelclub.com, www.worldonwheelz.com, www.cruiseshipassist.com, and www.wildernessonwheels.org. Published by Demos Publishing, Barrier-Free Travel (ISBN 1-932603-09-3) is available at bookstores, through the publisher (800-532-8663) or on-line at EmergingHorizons.com/book.

Visit EmergingHorizons.com/book to read a sample chapter, see the complete table of contents, or for more information about Barrier-Free Travel. The book is priced at $19.95US.

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