Our Mission to Revolutionise Accessible Travel

Accessible Spain

We all know how hard it can be to find accessible holiday accommodation. Today, we have a guest post from Srin at Accomable. Srin and the team have created a fantastic resource to help you and I find accessible accommodation around the world.

Accessible Travel

My name is Srin and I’m on a mission to make travel easier for my fellow disabled people and their families! :-)

I’m a co-founder of Accomable. A new technology startup based in London that aims to be a platform for booking accessible travel and to one day make the process of travel as easy for disabled people as it is for anyone else.

We’re focusing at the moment on listing accessible holiday properties from our community, a bit like an ‘Airbnb for disabled people’, so if you’re interested in listing your place or can recommend a place you’ve stayed at, please get in touch at hello@accomable.com.

Accessible AccommodationAs mentioned earlier, at Accomable, we’re on a very heartfelt and personal mission to make travel easier for disabled people. My co-founder, Martyn Sibley and I have been disabled since birth due to a disability called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), which means we are dependent on powered wheelchairs and need 24/7 personal care assistance. I’m 29 and Martyn is 31, but we met over 20 years ago as little children at a conference for people with SMA and we’ve been best of friends for a very long time.

We both love to travel and have dedicated the past few years to trying to explore our beautiful world as much as possible. My personal travels have taken me across the world from Australia and Japan, to around Europe and the US and to as far afield as South Africa. I’ve also tried to make my travel as adventurous as possible. I’ve scuba dived in Bali, camped out in the wilderness in South Africa and wheeled through mountains in California’s Yosemite National Park.

Barcelona City Centre

While both Martyn and I have done a lot of fun travels, it has never been easy. Finding accessible places to stay, suitable transport and hoist’s to rent has always been a nightmare. We’ve had tons of mishaps and plenty of instances of turning up somewhere inaccessible when it was supposedly accessible when it was booked online.

Last year, Martyn and I decided we had to do something! We’d already been working on Disability Horizons, an online lifestyle magazine for disabled people, for two years and knew that others had experienced similar problems.

Martyn was working as a consultant to tourism boards in Europe, and I’d just graduated from my Masters degree at Oxford University (I was formerly a corporate lawyer but went back to university to facilitate a career change) and had been teaching myself to code and make apps. I was also looking for new a challenge that I cared deeply about. So we took the decision to just have a go and start building the platform in March of this year.

We launched in June and focused just on listing accessible holiday properties. We asked vendors to provide images of any accessibility that they claimed to have and provide videos where possible of disabled people using their property.

Accomable Toilet

Accessible Swimming Pool

In just 3 months, we’ve recruited over 170 properties in 18 countries. We’ve raised funding from a prestigious foundation in California that supports technology companies with a social purpose and we’ve been featured in publications such as the Financial Times, New York Times and Wired.

We’re still at a super early stage. Our site is still is being improved and tweaked, but to achieve our mission to revolutionise accessible travel, we need your help to recommend new accessible properties or to actually list your property as either a rental or a swap.

Please feel free to get in touch with me at srin@accomable.com.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Much love,

Srin

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy Wheelchair Friendly Holidays and Wheelchair Friendly Hotel Rooms

About The Bimblers 126 Articles
The Bimblers is a personal blog about living with chronic pain, invisible illness and disability. It's about travelling in a wheelchair and accessible travel. It's about picking ourselves up when we get knocked down. And, it's about what we can do, not what we can't!

2 Comments

  1. So great to see accessible travel being promoted in this way. I actually found your blog via First World Travel Insurance as we have both been mentioned! My mom is a disabled traveller, and I recently took her to Morocco – something she never through that she would do! Keep up the good work.

    • Hi Amy, great to meet you. Yeah, we love it when accessible tourism get’s a bit of exposure, it’s such an important sector of the travel industry.

      Morocco – wow, what was access like?

      I’ll take a look at your blog, I love reading new blogs :-)

      Best Wishes

      Rob

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