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Our blog is now on our main site, here is an excerpt from our latest post. Please go to tripility to read the rest!

Written by Debs; part of the Tripility team.

Recently, I made the (not so) long and arduous journey to London. As we were pootling down on the train, sipping a leisurely glass of wine, it got me to thinking about the times I have traveled by train. As a wheelchair user, I find this mode of transport a bit stressful, especially when I am traveling alone. If possible, I avoid taking my wheelchair on the train, but this is only possible if someone can pick me up from a station where there isn’t far to walk, and if I am not going to need my wheelchair after that. The reasons I am not a major fan of rail travel with a wheelchair is; firstly, there is often very limited space for the wheelchair to be placed folded down, even if you find somewhere, passengers tend to pile their stuff on it/around it making it very difficult to get to it when you want to depart. Two, I am not a huge fan of the booking assistance 24 hours before, often, I don’t book my train travel till the last minute, spontaneity anyone?! Thirdly, getting the wheelchair on and off the train, when passengers are impatiently trying to board, is a mite stressful. Often, a friend/family member puts me on the train with the wheelchair and then someone helps me off the train at the other end to try and make things easier. Read more on our main site…

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Santa Eulalia Access Guide

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Written by Mark; part of the Tripility team.

Santa Eulalia is the third largest resort in Ibiza, there is plenty to do with lots of bars, restaurants, museums and shops and is perfect for families as well as those looking for good access. There are two beaches, one of these has a disabled platform with a beach boardwalk and the other has a boardwalk without extra facilities. Santa Eulalia is in a great location just down the coast from Ibiza Town and it is only 21 km from the airport.

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We visited Santa Eulalia whilst on holiday in Cala Llonga, Ibiza. A lot of effort had been made to make the seafront promenade and beach area incredibly accessible for wheelchairs. Much thought had been put into the access, especially for getting down to and using the beach. There was a special platform just for wheelchair users; this platform included a wheelchair accessible toilet, covered shelter and a beach wheelchair. The whole of the promenade was flat with plenty of cafe’s and restaurants with easy access.

We arrived by bus into Santa Eulalia, not sure what to expect. The bus from in Cala Llonga had a wheelchair lift, although we didn’t need to use it. The bus stop was on a narrow stretch of pavement, ideally this area could be a little bit larger so we could easily move the wheelchair around other visitors.

We waited until the other passengers had dispersed and then ventured onto the beach front in Santa Eulalia. What we found was wide promenades, step free access and fantastic wheelchair provisions right down to the beach, with the beach boardwalk and other accessible facilities. There was a slope down to this area but the gradient was never more than 5 degrees, measured on my handy angle metre app on my phone (what more could one want?).

The resort of Santa Eulalia was fantastically equipped for disabled travelers in terms of wheelchair access. It was very notable when a place is well equipped for disabled travelers when you see numerous other wheelchair users in the same resort.

Our stay in Santa Eulalia was rather short, only a couple of hours to see what it had to offer. We certainly would consider staying here in the future, compared to Cala Llonga there were a lot more restaurants and bars, which may entice people looking for a slightly more lively holiday compared to the quieter resort down the road.

The water taxi
The water taxi, not the best option if you are unable to walk at all, but manageable if you can.

Our visit ended with a return journey back to Cala Llonga on the ferry. Access to the ferry was in the port, this area was flat and had a good selection of restaurants, all which seemed accessible from the pavement.

The only part of the journey not suited to wheelchair users was getting onto the ferry itself, unless you are able to walk short distances and fold up the chair. The access onto the boat was up a narrow walkway and then down a couple of steps once on the boat, help was provided by the staff which made things a little easier.

I hope you enjoyed our rather brief guide to Santa Eulalia.

Do you know of any other resorts that are equally as accessible?

Thanks,

Mark

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Tripility.com has launched! We need your help.

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All of us here are excited to announce that www.tripility.com has gone live! The website is aimed at providing disabled, dietary and family travel reviews. We would love it if you could check it out and provide us with some reviews from your previous holidays (along with some feedback, good and bad).

All you need to do is sign up, add any companions and travel concerns and off you go! It is just the start, we will be adding destination and restaurant reviews soon. The more reviews, the better the site will get, so if you know of anyone who can share their latest holiday experience, then please share the information with them too.

Thanks!

Mark

Cala Llonga Access Guide

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Written by Mark; part of the Tripility team.

Nestled between Ibiza Town and Santa Eulalia, Cala Llonga is a small and beautiful resort perfect for those wanting to escape the busier parts of Ibiza. Great for families and couples, Cala Llonga is dominated by a large sandy beach enclosed in a pretty bay. Here we will give you an in depth guide to the town in terms of accessibility. Please click on the map for videos of each location – recorded on our wheelchair cam!

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The first family holiday…how many suitcases?!

This week, here at Tripility, we are bringing you another guest blogger! So far we have covered a few areas of access and gluten free holidaying (or just general waffle if it was written by me), so this week, we are looking at holidaying with children. Our lovely blogger Jackie, became a Mum in December of last year, at the beginning of this month, she and her husband had their first family holiday with the delicious Freddie. They stayed in Cornwall, at the Retallack Resort and Spa; she has given her thoughts on this below…enjoy!

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Written by Jackie: an honorary member of the Tripility team!

I came across the Retallack resort whilst on the hunt for a baby friendly UK based holiday for my husband, myself and our 5 month old son. The website was great and they offered baby friendly packages, which consisted of the accommodation, alongside other activities such as baby swimming, baby sensory and a meal in the restaurant (although you had to pay extra for the babysitting service which was available). I was impressed by the packages but we decided against buying into this as we didn’t want to utilise all of the activies (we weren’t ready to leave our son with strangers!).  So we just booked a baby friendly lodge.

The lodge itself was over two levels and was considered baby friendly as the following equipment was provided: a highchair, a baby bath, a travel cot, a small steriliser and a potty. Whilst these were all useful, we didn’t use any of the equipment, mainly down to our newness to parenthood (we wanted to use our own mattress and travel cot etc). However, we would have used the baby bath but this had been placed under the boiler and was filthy. Thankfully, this did not reflect the rest of the lodge, which was on the whole very clean.; again, because of being new parents this was very important to us. The floorboards downstairs in the lodge were very creaky and made a whole load of noise…not so good when your baby’s just going off to sleep. We had a lodge with a hot tub which was lovely to use on an evening when the baby was asleep. On the whole, the lodge provided us with a great space and base for the holiday.

However, we couldn’t help but be a bit disappointed with the resort itself after viewing it on the website. The website suggested that it was much bigger with ‘baby friendly walks’, we struggled to find these walks. There were not many tarmac footpaths, nor many paths at all, thus making it difficult to maneuver with a pram.

On the other hand, the facilities were good, we used the pool a few times and the changing rooms were very baby friendly. There were baby change facilities in both male and female changing rooms, as well as a small family changing room. A nice touch was that the floor of the pool and the few steps going into the pool were padded. The changing rooms were always clean and there was also a Bumbo chair and a playpen for babies, in the female changing rooms .

There was a restaurant with adjacent lounge which was very child friendly, we had lunch with a friend and her 2 and a half year old and there were toys and plenty of space for small children to play. Other facilities for children include a small soft play area and an outdoor playground for older children. All of these areas were accessible with pushchairs, but we usually just carried our son as the lodge was close to all of the facilities.

The resort also runs baby sensory classes for local people, which people staying at the resort can take part in. We took advantage of this and we all loved it, it was great to do a class like this as a family, rather than just me and our son. There was a charge of £3.00 for the class but this was a bargain.

I also took the opportunity to use the spa and had a massage and my husband used the gym. The massage was lovely, but the gym is limited with respect to equipment.

From a baby friendly perspective, the resort was good, but we were expecting a little more from a 5 star resort. We had hoped there would be much more with respect to baby friendly walks and some of the touches to the lodge could have been better, for example the balcony was covered in spider’s webs…but overall a decent base with some good facilities for our first family holiday.

Jackie

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