Hello, we’re Rob and Bridget, aka The Bimblers.
We are fondly known as Britain’s most unlikely travel bloggers because we travel around in a wheelchair.
When we started blogging back in 2014, we wrote almost exclusively about accessible travel.
But, after a number of life events, not least a diagnosis of Heart Failure and Kidney Cancer, we took a fresh look at our life.
We’ll always travel in a wheelchair and always write about accessible travel, but it’s no longer our only focus. We also want to start ticking things off our bucket list before it’s too late.
So, the blog you see today is evolving.
Over the coming months, you’ll see a lot more of the places we’ve been meaning to visit but just haven’t got around to.
Both of us find it hard to walk any distance. To get around outdoors we use a wheelchair, we take it slow, you could say we bimble.
We refuse to let our mobility problems stop us from travelling. Somedays, we’re just not up to it, on these days, we rest, we stay at home. When we feel able, we bimble and we enjoy the world around us.
We created “The Bimblers” to help real people. To prove, even with mobility problems, you can travel.
Whatever is causing “Your” mobility problems, and whichever mobility aid “You” use, we encourage you to join us, we invite you to become bimblers.
Therefore, we urge you to do your own research, just because it worked for us doesn’t mean it’ll work for you.
We try our best to offer a balanced view when we talk about accessibility. We are part-time wheelchair users with the ability to walk a few short steps. This means our experience will be different to a full-time wheelchair user, mobility scooter rider or people with different abilities.
We hope you enjoy the blog and find it useful. Rob and Bridget
Disabled Travel Bloggers
I’m Rob the writer and together with Bridget who’s the inspiration, we travel around in a wheelchair gathering access information as we go. We don’t let chronic illness or disability hold us back, we use them as our motivation to grab life and roll with it.
As a general rule, we talk about what people “can do“. It’s not that we don’t face challenges, we do, it’s just that we prefer sharing solutions not problems!
- Tips for Travelling with Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Tips for Travelling with Heart Failure
- Tips for Travelling with MS
How “The Bimblers” began …
Back in 2014, while picking up a piece of bread, Bridget’s wrist collapsed. At that moment, life as we knew it changed. Bridget had been battling Rheumatoid Arthritis for years and needless to say, the nasty disease had won and her wrist finally gave up the fight.
Despite our best efforts to carry on as normal, Bridget struggled with everyday tasks such as walking and using her hands so I left a job I loved to become her carer. There’s no hiding it, it was a dark time for us.
Terrified by the thought of festering at home for the rest of our lives we developed a plan. Part of the plan was to travel more. Looking back, this was a crazy plan because as you know, travelling with mobility problems isn’t easy.
Even crazier, despite having no blogging skills, I decided to start a blog to share our travels – The Bimblers was born.
If you are wondering what bimbling means, it’s this:
Travelling slowly, aimlessly and without purpose
Between then and now, Bridget’s health has continued to deteriorate and I’ve developed a few health problems of my own.
- Can this really be Fibromyalgia?
- Fibromyalgia, Kidney Stones and a Heart Attack
- I have been diagnosed with heart failure, am I going to die?
- Three words I didn’t want to hear – You’ve Got Cancer
Because of this, you could say we’re now “Britain’s most unlikely bloggers” because our lack of mobility means travelling is really difficult for us.
Who “The Bimblers” is for …
The Bimblers is for people like us. That could mean you’re over 40, have mobility problems, are disabled, have a chronic illness or maybe you’re a wheelchair user. Granted, that’s a broad spectrum, but that’s who we are, it’s what we know, dare I say it, it’s our area of expertise!
We attract an eclectic mix of people with one thing in common – we all love life. For that reason, we mainly write about accessible travel, short breaks, days out, things to do and living life in the slow lane, although we do go off-piste sometimes.
How you can get involved …
As crazy as it sounds, we don’t want the blog to be all about us, we want it to be all about you. Through our stories, we try to entertain, offer factual information and give you the tools you need to travel and have fun.
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If you have questions about travelling with a mobility problem, suggestions for where we should visit next or even ideas to make the blog better, please contact us and we’ll try our very best to oblige.
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