Disability & Travel: A Story

Updated: Oct 21, 2019

Hello!


My name is Giulia, I am a young woman in a wheelchair, psychologist, blogger and I love traveling.



I had a scooter accident almost 8 years ago, after which I suffered a spinal cord injury and since then I can no longer walk.

I won't hide from you that I had some very difficult moments and I had to face and learn how to manage my life again.

Today I would like to tell you how I was reborn and how I found freedom again!!



Very often we hear stories of people with disabilities who became champions of sport. 

Not me.

I chose another path, I chose to travel!



Before the accident I didn't travel much, just a few cities with my parents in a camper van.

After the accident, during my rehabilitation, I met a young physiotherapist.

We started talking and hanging out together, just as friends!

One day he asks me: "What if we go to Australia together as soon as you are discharged from the hospital and I finish university?"

I obviously did not believe him, but I said: “YES”, after all... why not!

And after a few months I found myself on a plane, heading to one of the most distant places in the world, with a man I had known for just a few months.


Traveling I found and rediscovered freedom! It gives me the opportunity to test my limits and as far as I can push and immediately after I understand it, I decide to go further!

Because you see... when you are in a wheelchair you do understand very well what is impossible to you, but... at the same time you also find that everything else is still possible and I can assure you that there are a lot of things.


Another thing I love about traveling is that I can see the world with my own eyes, I can meet and get closer to other cultures, touch and smell other tastes, perfumes and sensations. I do not just have to rely on what people tell me, but I can experience it myself. 


"For me, traveling means walking around the world with my own legs again."



Now you are probably wondering what happened to that young physiotherapist... well... we got married!!

He proposed me at the Paris airport while we were heading for a trip to China.