Accessible York – Encouraging Inclusive Tourism in North Yorkshire

pippa in power-chair, pointing to outdoor sign reading 'speed limit within this yard 15MPH' and laughing

Back in September 2013 when I moved to York for university, it’s safe to say my new friends and I fully made the most of all the city had to offer. As a non-disabled student at the time, there were no barriers holding us back from exploring the tourist attractions and thriving indie businesses that York is increasingly becoming well-known for… besides the pesky student budgets and the occasional hangover, of course.

However, part-way through my degree, chronic illness inconveniently invited itself into my life. And as I’m sure you can imagine, things have never since been the same. Whilst my health has declined over the last 5 years and I’ve become an ambulatory wheelchair user, my eyes have been well and truly opened to the unrelenting and often invisible obstacles that disabled and chronically ill people face in day-to-day life. And the tourism industry here in Yorkshire, wonderful as it is, is no exception to this.

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Managing Multiple Allergies at Disneyland Paris – Disney ‘Plus’ Meal Plan

pippa and izzy stood outside in front of pink disneyland paris castle

If you know me, you may know that I’m practically allergic to life itself.

Not even the happiest place in the world can ward off the challenges of living with multiple food allergies and the joys of spontaneous allergic reactions. So with that in mind, let’s have a chat about how we can manage food allergies as successfully as possible, whilst still making the most of your holiday…

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Accessible Transport From Disneyland Paris to Paris Gare Du Nord

back of pippa's head and shoulders whilst sat in powerchair, facing disneyland paris castle visible in the background

While this is a bit of a niche post, I wanted to share my eventful first experience of public transport abroad as a wheelchair user, travelling from Disneyland Paris to Paris Gare Du Nord. It was a lack of clear information online that prompted me to write this post, but one thing led to another and it turned into a bit of a story-time instead… 

For any non-disabled travellers, here’s the information you may be looking for. To get from Disneyland Paris to Paris Gare Du Nord, you need to head to the Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy train station, purchase a ticket for Paris, then head to the platform and board the RER A Route (Red) train that calls at Chatelet Les Halles. From there, you can change train and travel one further stop away on the RER B Route (Blue) to Paris Gare Du Nord. You can book this journey up to 10 days in advance, or simply purchase your tickets on the day of travel. Bish bash bosh.

When you’re a wheelchair user, however, things get a tad more complex…

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Tips for Independent Living alongside Chronic Illness [AD]

pippa sat on grey sofa holding cup of tea and smiling, with rainbow bookshelves in background

[#AD] This post is sponsored by Yorkshire Water. Don’t forget you can sign up for the Priority Services Register for free and access the support you’re entitled to by visiting this page.

In May 2018 I moved into my own flat, and it’s safe to say it’s fast become my little happy place. Although I’m chronically ill, I was very fortunate to be in a position where I could live on my own if I wanted to… and I knew that doing so was the best thing for me. As with everything there are pros and cons, but I’m finishing up my 2018 knowing that I absolutely made the right choice by making the decision to live independently.

There’s no doubt in my mind that there are others out there who’d like to live this way too, but feel overwhelmed at the thought. One of the questions I’m most frequently asked by people who read my blog is how I manage independent living alongside my condition, and today I hope to share a little about beginning that process. I already have another post planned about the specific mobility aids and adjustments I use on a day-to-day basis, and so today I’m sharing five introductory tips to ease you into independent living…

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