Hot Wheels


IMG_0005_2Hello my name is Amy but if you call me ‘Hot Wheels’ I’ll probably answer. This is down to the fact that due to a genetic condition that causes me to dislocate my joints as a hobby I use a wheelchair. I do also walk with a crutch but as it’s at a speed slower than a tortoise having a nap I generally end up in my wheelchair for most activities.

One of my goals in life is to travel to as many places as physically (financially) possible and consider myself very lucky to have already racked up a few places on the map. Obviously travelling with a disability makes things quite a bit harder, but it’s not impossible. It is only thanks to friends and family who put up with pushing me around, lugging my wheelchair about and putting up with my toddler strops when I get hungry/tired/hot/cold/bored/in pain/drugged up/broken that I manage to go anywhere.

I’ve got two goals with my blog: One is to regale you with the (sometimes ridiculous) stories of travelling with a disability. I hope that regardless of your experience with disability you’ll find some of these stories amusing, and perhaps that I might make you reconsider some of your views towards disability. My second goal is to try and put together some genuinely useful guides to the places I’ve been for travellers with disabilities. Although I’m going to be starting with only a few countries I always find others personal experience invaluable when planning a trip.

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I hope you enjoy my blog!

9 comments

  1. AirportsMadeSimple · October 26, 2012

    Hi Amy Hot Wheels! I am going to add a page to my front home page called “Traveling with a Disability” (or, do you think that’s too crass? Please let me know and I’ll change it to something you suggest) I’m asking you because of your experience. Anyway, I’d like to add it as a page and add a list of tips/suggestions that you handle before every airline flight. Obviously, the items pointed out in your post about not getting both wheels! So, I will add those, and anything else you suggest, with a note to contact you directly should anyone else at my website have any further questions. Would that be ok with you? To contact you through your blog? Many Thanks, Deb

  2. hotwheelsgoes · October 26, 2012

    I don’t think it’s crass at all, no point beating around the bush!!! I’ll put together a list of things I can think of generally and add them to a post. This one was written to specifically address some of the issues that have been on the news in the UK recently, but I can cover some of the more general ins and outs of airports with a disability for you. Contacting me through my blog is absolutely great. Amy

  3. dogfordavid · October 30, 2012

    I had a little trouble finding this page initially(still a bit new to getting around wordpress) but I appreciate the entry and your blog 🙂 Thanks : )

  4. Katoen · July 28, 2013

    Hi Amy. Since my girlfriend is in a wheelchair as well, it’s a big organisation to get all te trips arranged. We went to Budapest last week, and I must say, your blog was really helpfull in preparing the trip. Afterwards, I wanted to try the same. There must be enough people looking for some helpfull, practical information about travellers destinations for wheelchairs. That’s why I started a blog on myself. For this moment, it’s only considering some info about Budapest, but I’m hoping to add other destinations in the future. Would it be possible for you to put the link http://budapestinawheelchair.blog.com/ on your blog somewhere? Since my blog is brand new, I’m afraid no one will find it without links on other websites. I put the link to your blog in my article as well. Thanks in advance!

    • hotwheelsgoes · July 28, 2013

      Great first blog, looks like the cave would’ve been a great one! I’ll definitely link to your blog but being a new blog you’ll actually find you get a bit of random traffic anyway to start with! You must have had lovely weather there last week? I bet the city is stunning in the summer.

    • hotwheelsgoes · July 28, 2013

      Also I’m so pleased someone is actually finding my blog useful!

  5. Charkie · August 22, 2013

    I love the premise of your blog, and look forward to reading about your future travel experiences!

  6. Vince · July 21, 2014

    Thanks for writing such an informative blog. It’s rare to find stories on someone who travels independently in a wheelchair and I am extremely to hear you can do so. I also have a blog about my adventures traveling in a wheelchair and would love for you to check it out. I’ll post a link to your blog on mine. Happy travels!

    http://travelwheels.blogspot.ca/

  7. Pingback: Tips for People Living with Disabilities in Budapest - Budapest Inc: Sharing the Best of the Expat Community in Hungary

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