The Bimblers is a travel and holiday blog for wheelchair users and people with mobility problems. We mainly focus on accessible travel and living life in the slow lane, although we do go off piste sometimes.
Through our travel stories, we try to demonstrate that travel is possible, even with a disability. And, thanks to you, The Bimblers has become one of the world’s top blogs for accessible tourism, disabled holidays, staycations and weekend breaks.
When we started the blog, we noticed that wheelchair users faced two barriers to travel, one being accessibility and the other affordability.
We set off on a journey to knock those barriers down…
Meet The Bimblers
We are Bridget and Rob – The Bimblers. We’re not like most travel bloggers, we’re older, travel slowly in a wheelchair and prefer culture to clubbing and food to festivals.
As we get older we’re slowing down, we take the time to enjoy the simple things and appreciate what we have. We aspire to be the best we can be, to enjoy the time we have left and to live every day like the last.
I’m Rob, the writer and Bridget; she’s the inspiration. Bridget is the reason we push ourselves to a fulfilled life.
Bridget suffers from Refractory Rheumatoid Arthritis and has done since the age of 26. Too many years of RA flares left her virtually unable to walk and pretty much unable to use her hands, despite that she refuses to give up.
I’m not exactly the picture of health myself. I suffer from heart disease, Fibromyalgia and Asthma. Together, you could say we’re the perfect storm because our health problems don’t necessarily fit with travelling or living an adventurous life.
We really are Britain’s most unlikely travel bloggers!
Back in 2014, life through another curveball. Bridget’s health rapidly deteriorated and life as we knew it changed. Ultimately, it meant I had to leave employment and become Bridget’s full-time carer. At that time, both of us were terrified by the thought of sitting at home for the rest of our lives, so we developed a plan.
Part of the plan was to start our own travel blog – The Bimblers. If you are wondering what bimbling actually means its:
travelling slowly, aimlessly and without purpose
It sounds silly saying it now, but because of our health, we don’t travel very well, starting a travel blog literally made no sense. That said, that’s exactly why we do it. We now know from your feedback that our stories encourage you to travel more and inspire you to overcome your individual challenges.
What We Do on The Bimblers
Instead of bungee jumping, endless selfies and swimming with sharks, we give you:
- Accessible Holidays
- Premium Staycations
- Stylish Weekend Breaks
- 50+ Travel
- Cultural Road Trips
- Relaxing Days Out
- Inspiring Wheelchair Walks
- Luxury and Premium Hotel Reviews
- Alternative Luxury Accommodation
- Lifestyle Tips
The Bimblers is about trying new things, seeing new places and enjoying the best the world has to offer. At the moment, we are travelling around the UK and Ireland, with a bit of luck, we’ll expand our reach to foreign lands soon.
Check out some of our recent trips:
- Accessible Weekend Breaks
- Wheelchair Friendly Days Out
- Wheelchair Friendly Walks
- Wheelchair Friendly Destinations
- Access Reviews
You might find these popular posts useful:
- 8 Free and Accessible Things to do in Dublin
- 10 Free and Accessible Things to do in London
- Top 5 Reasons to Visit Morecambe
- Wheelchair Travel in Paris
- Wheelchair Travel in Belgium
- Accessible Stratford upon Avon
- Accessible Dartmoor
- 25 Wheelchair Friendly Walks
- How to Choose a Lightweight Travel Wheelchair
We actively encourage you to get involved, share your stories and recommendations with us.
Britain’s Most Unlikely Travel Bloggers
There’ll be no jumping out of planes, scuba diving, climbing mountains or adventure sports. The Bimblers is about taking life easy, accessible and affordable luxury travel and sampling the good things in life.
We represent real people, with real barriers to travel. We celebrate living life in the slow lane and we won’t dress it up. Life is hard when you have a disability, but we’re not prepared to let life’s challenges get in the way and neither should you.
Join us on The Bimblers
Are you a tourism department, travel business, holiday accommodation provider, hotel or tourist attraction? Why not work with us… invite us on a visit and we’ll share your accessibility with the world.
Whatever you do, we’re really glad you’re here…