I’ve always been a lover of adventure and one of my favorite things to do is travel. Prior to the pandemic, I traveled on planes for work or leisure at least once a month, and sometimes, more than that. As a result, I’d grown adept at navigating my way through an airport, from security all the way to the doors of the plane. Through trial and error, advice from friends, and a ridiculous number of damaged wheelchair reports, I also became very comfortable with flying. I can explain to airline employees how to handle my power wheelchair. This eliminates or at least reduces the potential damage to my power wheelchair.
How the Pandemic Affected Traveling
Then COVID-19 hit, and my travels halted. Both work and leisure plans were canceled and many of us were left with an unsatisfiable itch to go new places and try new things. For over a year, many of us stayed glued to our homes or very close to them. After some commiserating with friends, we realized we needed to take a break from our stressful day-to-day lives. We decided to reinstitute an activity that I hadn’t enjoyed in years: the ROAD TRIP. For us, packing our bags and finding ways to adventure while social distancing was just what we needed!
Hitting the Road with My 4Front® 2 Power Chair
So, I rolled into my wheelchair-accessible van with my 4Front® 2 Power Chair and hit the road! We traveled along the West Coast over the course of a few months. It has been the lifesaver I’ve needed, with all that is happening in the world.
We’ve adventured everywhere, from the snowy mountains of Sedona, Arizona, to the beach waters of Oceanside, CA. Having the ability to recline and elevate my legs in my 4Front 2 Power Wheelchair as a passenger makes trips truly enjoyable. It’s even great for napping! Traveling by vehicle with my Quantum Power Wheelchair has ensured I can maintain my sense of adventure while maintaining my comfort and independence.
About Andraéa LaVant: Andraéa is a disability consultant and worked as an impact producer for Crip Camp, a feature-length documentary on Netflix. Andraéa lives in Tempe, Arizona, and uses a 4Front 2 Power Chair.
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