Discover the world on your terms
“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”
Let’s demand that the world be accessible to everyone. Inclusivity is possible.
Ean Price has travelled extensively around the world for many years. He has collected a wealth of information about accessible travel and is happy to share with fellow travellers.
More and more people living with a disability are making the decision to explore the world. Here is the growing collection of their experiences.
While researching and preparing for travels across the world is part of the fun, it is important to find an experienced travel agent who will work with you to get it right.
Shambhala Music Festival Summer 2022
Taking place in the heart of Salmo, British Columbia, Canada, Shambhala is an annual festival renowned for its exceptional electronic music performances. Boasting six unique stages and a multitude of art exhibits, the festival thrives amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Salmo Valley. The event garners the attention of more than 15,000 music and art lovers each year, firmly establishing itself as a pivotal player in the global music circuit.
My journey with Shambhala began back in 2004, and it left a deep impression on me. The natural charm of the locale and the vibrant energy of the attendees formed a magnetic attraction. Shambhala isn’t just a festival; it’s a community, fostering an environment unlike any other. It’s a hub where people, irrespective of age or background, gather to delve into meditation, yoga, and mindfulness. The emphasis on unity, compassion, and connectivity nurtures a feeling of inclusiveness and security.
Guests with disabilities, fondly referred to as “Shambha-Abled”, are well catered to with designated camping areas, a wheelchair-accessible bathroom, and shared electrical outlets for charging power wheelchairs. A special highlight for me was the express entry at the main gate and the privilege of free re-entry, enabling us to lodge at the nearby Reno Motel.
The quaint town of Salmo is quite a sight, adorned with stone murals and lush parks. The town is known for its accessibility features such as curb cut sidewalks and most shops providing level entry. Quite impressive for a town with a modest population slightly over 1,000. Altogether, Shambhala presents a delightful experience for all.
For more information, please visit: https://www.shambhalamusicfestival.com
A passion for travel
Ean: “For me there is nothing more amazing than arriving in a new country, leaving the plane for the first time and taking that first breath of air. I realize it is a little ironic coming from a man using a ventilator. But that first breath, especially when I arrive at a tropical destination, announces immediately I am not in Canada anymore: that is unbelievably exciting for me.
Experiencing that initial rush of hot air signals to me without a doubt I am at the beginning of an amazing adventure. Of course, I won’t have truly arrived until I’m in my wheelchair. The exhilarating first moment is only three quarters of having made it to my destination. I hope ICAN travel will be able to help you navigate all parts of your travels to minimize your work and maximize the enjoyment.”
Ean’s travels and how-tos
Ean has visited many places around the world. This section is not only about him sharing his experiences of those trips but also offering his well tested planning approach including handy lists of what he himself packs when he sets out on another adventure.
- Ancient ruins, the Caribbean, fresh guacamole, and an electronic music festival.My favourite type of holiday includes all of the above! And as it happens Mexico’s majestic Yucatán Peninsula has something or all of the above for everyone. We began our adventure in Cancún immersing ourselves into the three-day Paradise Blue Festival. Especially after more than two years of living pretty much in isolation due to the pandemic restrictions being … Read more
- Japan is a wonderland of hidden gemsWhen I started to plan my trip, one travel agent I contacted advised me against travelling to Japan. He believed I would encounter a lot of accessibility issues. I weighed up his advice against the fact that Japan was going to be the host of the 2020 Special Olympics. I decided to go despite his advice because I was … Read more
- Cambodia, a friendly placeNotorious for flashy lights and booming music, Pub Street is the heart of the party scene in Siem Reap, Cambodia. With food around every corner there is something for everybody – including a café serving an assortment of bugs! Have you ever eaten a tarantula? I have – ants, silkworms, and grasshoppers too! Most of the amenities are at … Read more
- Thailand has something for everyoneThe floating markets of Thailand are a surreal experience that should be on every traveler’s itinerary. The narrow canals of the market are packed with riverboats carrying a dizzying assortment of local cuisines and souvenirs for tourists. I didn’t think the floating markets would be accessible but the resort I was staying at, Damnoen Care Resort Hotel, had a … Read more
Share YOUR travel expertise
We invite contributions of fellow adventurers travelling with a disability to share their stories of exploring the world and how they went about organizing their trips. This information will not only inspire but may also help other people living with a disability to organize future trips. Please send us a message so we can talk!
- Incredible IndiaFelicity has myotonic myopathy, symptoms are reduced lung capacity and trouble walking long distances. She already was an accomplished traveller, having visited Europe, the US and Panama, before she decided to go to India. She wanted to go to India in particular to study with Indian medical doctors while volunteering in free medical clinics. I went in June 2015 … Read more
- Living in Costa RicaSherriLee has MS and lives in Costa Rica. She always had a passion for travel and moving to a different country felt like a natural progression. Ean has recently had a chat with her about how accessible Costa Rica as a country is but in particular about the town she lives in, Jaco, located right on the Pacific.
- Hola, Mexico City!Dan Spelts has been visiting Mexico City many times since 2017. His in-laws live in this incredibly cosmopolitan city. He stays at their house in a residential area and generally travels at least once a year flying from Vancouver directly to Mexico City. He has Cerebral Palsy and uses a manual wheelchair to get around in Mexico because he … Read more
- Hawaii: the most precious jewel in the worldNancy Lear believes that Hawaii is one of the most spectacular places to visit. The weather and natural beauty are superb. Sitting in the shade at Waikiki Beach watching the surfers and paddle-boarders enjoying the pristine blue waters was nature at its finest While the shopping and dining were amazing, it didn’t outshine the experience of attending a Luau. … Read more
- Rolling under the Tuscan SunWendy Crawford Travelogue: Last year I had, let’s just say, a landmark birthday. I realized that life has been flying by too quickly so I decided to plan a trip to a place that I have always wanted to visit – Tuscany. I happen to come across a villa that looked as though it was wheelchair accessible and the … Read more
- Montreal, a very friendly cityWith the assistance of ICAN Resource Group and Cure SMA Canada I went on my very first trip, travelling by plane from Vancouver to Montreal for a work conference. Of course I was a little nervous about the trip but seeing old friends and meeting new ones at the national conference for Cure SMA Canada made it all worth … Read more