OK, time to toot my horn a little, as I just learned that my newest title “101 Accessible Vacations; Travel Ideas for Wheelers and Slow Walkers” won a bronze award for best guidebook at the SATW Western Chapter Meeting. For those of you unfamiliar with SATW, it stands for the Society of American Travel Writers, of which I am a member.
In any case, it’s not so much that the book got an award, but that it got a mainstream award. In other words it was competing against other guidebooks, not just disability books.
And that’s a big deal, because it means this whole niche has gone mainstream. In the past few months alone I’ve been mentioned in USA Today and National Geographic Traveler, two very high profile mainstream publications. Like I’ve always said, the ageing of the Baby Boomers has made access a more important, and more visible issue. And I look for that to continue.
Sure, that’s good for me, but it’s also good for people seeking accessible travel information. These days they don’t have to be connected to specific disability organizations or support groups to get it. They can find out about it by reading their daily paper.
Availability is good. After all, if you can’t find the information when you need it, it’s of no use to you.