Catch These Grand Canyon Winter Deals

You just can't beat the views from the rim

You just can’t beat the views from the rim

When I was researching my Barrier-Free Grand Canyon book, I remember the front desk supervisor at El Tovar telling me that winter was the best time to visit the park, as not only are their fewer people there at that time, but you can also snag some pretty good deals if you shop around. And you know what — she’s right! With that in mind, here are a few money saving deals in one of my favorite national parks. Continue reading

Five Fun Accessible National Park Finds

Accessible trail to the base of Lower Yosemite Falls

OK, I admit it, I’m a national park junkie. I love visiting them and writing about them; in fact, I’m currently working on my third national park title. One of the great things about our national parks is that even though many of them are rugged, they still offer accessible options for wheelchair-users and slow walkers. And so with the 99th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS) coming up on August 25, I thought I’d share some of my favorite accessible sites in America’s national parks Continue reading

The Right Attitude in Pensacola

Julee Cottage at Historic Pensacola Village.

In the course of my travels and editorial research, I talk to a lot of folks regarding access. Some folks really get it, while others are clueless. I’m glad to report that the former was the case today at Historic Pensacola Village in Pensacola, Florida. Continue reading

Win a Digital Camcorder in Travel Tip Contest

Connie George recently asked me to draw the winners in her “Bring Home the Memories” travel tip contest. Since I’m always happy to discover new tips to make life on the road a bit easier, I eagerly agreed. And since I love giveaways I’m also going to give a copy of my newest title, “Barrier-Free Travels; A Nuts and Bolts Guide for Wheelers and Slow Walkers” to the grand prize winner. And Connie has several other prizes to give away!! Continue reading

Fee Free Weekends at National Parks

Avid researcher Joy Taylor just dropped me a note to let me know about the fee free weekends at 100 National Parks throughout the US. During these special weekends there’s no charge for entrance fees, commercial tour fees or transportation entrance fees. Camping fees and fees collected by third parties are not included; but hey, it’s still a great deal. Continue reading

San Diego Deals

If a trip to San Diego is in your summer travel plans, then make sure and buy your money-saving Passport to Balboa Park.

Valid for seven consecutive days, this multi-attraction pass is good for admission to 13 museums in Balboa Park; including the San Diego Natural History Museum, the San Diego Museum for Art, Museum of Photographic Arts, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and more.

The Passport is priced at just $39 for adults (a $85 value) and $21 for children (a $41 value). If you’d like to add a visit to the San Diego Zoo, then upgrade to the Zoo/Passport Combo, which also includes a one day admission to the San Diego Zoo. The Zoo/Passport Combo is priced at $65 for adults (a $130 value) and $36 for children (a $61 value). For more information visit

And if you’re looking for a total freebie in San Diego, then plan a visit to Old Town State Historic Park, the first Spanish settlement on the West Coast. There’s no charge to stroll through the historic buildings, including San Diego’s First Schoolhouse.

San Diego is a nicely accessible city, and a great destination for slow walkers and wheelchair-users. All of the attractions mentioned above are wheelchair-accessible. And for details about accessible transportation, lodging and other attractions in San Diego, check out the free online version of this access guide.

Free Packing List

I’m not real big on being an overly regimented packer, but this free packing list may work for some of you. It’s not rocket science. Basically you just write down what you put in your suitcases, so in case they’re lost, then you at least have an inventory.

To be honest, I travel so often, that I can pack in my sleep; and I pretty much know what is in my bag. But if you only take a few trips a year, this may be a good tool. Of course you can just do the same thing with a pen and pencil.

Like I said, it’s not rocket science. But it is free.