I miss those “freewheeling” “let’s just see what happens” kind of trips. The ones where you start out the day just seeing where it goes – you may have done that kind of trip at one time. I did. But not anymore; I need a travel strategy. Actually I need a life strategy but here I’m focusing on a travel strategy.
The strategies could include wheelchair assistance at airport, checking rental cars or other transportations, hotels that can accommodate my needs, sightseeing – yep lots of planning. But for now I want to discuss sightseeing and how to make the most of your sightseeing experience.
This year we took a wonderful cruise in the Caribbean. Ports included New Orleans and Havana. While in New Orleans, we visited the National World War ll museum in New Orleans. This is a spectacular museum that is a must see if you are going to New Orleans. The museum is ADA compliant which provides barrier free access. However, what I didn’t count on was the size of the museum, which is divided into European Theater of War and Pacific Theater of War. The museum offers, for a small charge, an excellent 4D experience film narrated by Tom Hanks, “Beyond All Boundaries”. If I had taken the time to think about a “strategy” for making the most of the museum, I would have toured one theater of war; seen the movie; then seen the second theater of war. As it was, we left half-way through the European Theater because it was too much standing for a long period of time. We were under no time constraints for the museum visit, so we could have taken as much time as we needed
Last month, we visited the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. This museum is extremely well-done and will soon be a “must-see” for a Philadelphia visit. This time I did have a strategy. Every time I saw a seating area, I took advantage and spent a few minutes sitting and enjoying the exhibit. As a result, we made it through the entire exhibit with energy to spare.
Mobility limitations will also bring energy limitations but with a strategy and some advanced planning, you will be able to get the most out of your sightseeing.