4 tips for finding wheelchair-accessible home rentals
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that having your own space while on vacation is not only a luxury but sometimes a necessity.
Instead of booking stays in accessible hotels, I started switching it up and booking wheelchair-friendly cabins, beach houses and other home rentals. Having an entire home, as opposed to a hotel room, gave me a greater sense of peace and relaxation while traveling, and even in a post-pandemic world, I think I’ll continue staying in home rentals when possible.
While accessible home rentals are great, the most difficult part can be simply finding one. There are a ton out there in the e-universe, but they’re spread out on a variety of sites and are often challenging to find.
After spending numerous hours scouring the web for accessible home rentals, I have compiled the below tips to make the process easier for you.
Use booking sites that specialize in accessibility
The easiest way to discover accessible home rentals is by looking for them on websites that specialize in accessible accommodations. This will undoubtedly cut your research time in half and you can quickly discover home rentals that work for your specific needs.
One of the best companies is Handiscover, as they have thousands of accessible accommodations listed on their website and many of those are home rentals. On Handiscover, you can even sort accommodations by your desired level of accessibility. There are a ton of fantastic properties in Europe listed on the website, but there are some wonderful options in the United States as well, making this a great place to begin your search for accessible home rentals.
Another option could be Airbnb. In recent years, the company has started focusing more on accessibility and making it easier to find suitable accommodations. You can now use an accessibility filter to choose what amenities and features you will need in a home rental, such as a roll-in shower, grab bars, no steps and more. While Airbnb doesn’t specialize in accessibility like Handiscover does, it can still provide some good options, depending on where you want to travel.
Make a quick phone call … even when a place seems inaccessible
If you are an experienced wheelchair traveler then you probably know that it’s important to call and double-check whether a place is wheelchair accessible or not, right? Even when accommodations seem accessible online, it’s important to call before booking and ask questions about accessibility just to be sure that it will work for you. However, it could also be beneficial to pick up the phone and call even when you don’t see accessibility information online.
Some of the best accessible home rentals that I have found have been from places that didn’t actually say they were accessible online. If you see a house that looks like it may work for you, or you find a company with multiple home rentals available, it could be worth it to call and ask them about accessibility. It could be accessible enough to work for you and maybe they’ve never thought to list that it’s wheelchair accessible online. If you call them, they may be inspired to finally put the accessibility information on their website.
Ask fellow wheelchair users in accessible travel-focused Facebook groups
As a wheelchair user, nothing is as valuable as first-hand perspectives from other wheelchair users. That’s especially true when it comes to home rentals and accommodations in general. Facebook can be a bit of a time-suck, but one of its best uses is connecting with fellow wheelchair users and hearing their opinions about where to stay while traveling in various destinations. The easiest way to ask multiple wheelchair users at one time is in Facebook groups.
There is literally a Facebook group or five for almost everything. Some of the best groups for accessible travel are Accessible Travel Club and Accessible Travel USA/Canada. Whenever I’m looking for an accessible home rental, or any travel advice for that matter, I post in the groups. Most of the time, someone has a great recommendation for me. Getting these recommendations from other wheelchair users is extremely valuable and gives me the confidence to book trips.
Support companies like Becoming rentAble
Yes, there are some amazingly accessible home rentals out there. But if you look at all of the home rentals currently on the market, only a tiny portion of them are wheelchair accessible. Becoming rentAble is hoping to change that.
Launched in 2021, Becoming rentAble lists accessible home rentals on their website (only three properties show right now, but more will be coming soon) and they have a TV show where they convert homes into accessible rentals. For the first time ever, a television program is showing exactly what makes a home accessible and is also creating more accessible home rentals for people with disabilities to enjoy. Becoming rentAble is a remarkable company and has the potential to totally change home rentals for the better.
Photo courtesy of Airbnb.
Welcome to The Points Guy!
Earn 90,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card in the first three months of card membership. Offer ends 11/10/2021.
With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
- Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer expires 11/10/2021.
- Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
- Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
- Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
- Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
- Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
- Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
- Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
- Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- $250 Annual Fee.
- Terms Apply.
- See Rates & Fees