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Carrie-Ann has been an accessible Tourism Expert since 2005. She’s a wheelchair user who loves to travel, a provider of information to disabled people and a well-respected figure within the tourism industry. This gives Carrie-Ann a unique insight into all areas and aspects of accessible tourism and travel. She recently launched carrieannlightley.com to share her experiences and expertise, and inspire others to travel. Carrie-Ann has written for the Guardian and TripAdvisor, as well as many other websites, magazines and industry publications.

Accessible travel blog, expertise and inspiration

I love to travel, to the next town or somewhere far away.  I’m an organiser, a planner, and a list maker.  Researching new places to go is what I love to do.

I have Cerebral Palsy, which means I use a wheelchair. I was brought up to believe that there is nothing I absolutely cannot do – there is always a way. My blog and travel writing is my way of sharing that belief with the world, and celebrating accessible businesses that go above and beyond to make sure that everybody enjoys their holidays and travels. 

Accessible travel isn’t always easy, it does require a lot of extra planning and sometimes there are surprises along the way.  For me, that makes the beach sunsets, the rooftop city views, and the countryside landscapes even more beautiful.  To have overcome what feels like a million extra obstacles and be able to say ‘I got here!’ is an amazing feeling.  That’s why I have such a passion for the industry I work in; every day I help people to realise their accessible travel dreams, and help businesses to make those dreams possible.

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