About Spin the Globe / travel
Been there, done that. It sounds cliché, but to my clients, it means a world of difference to know that I have been to all of the featured destinations, slept in the hotels, eaten in the restaurants, and taken the tours to determine their wheelchair accessibility. My company was born out of a deep passion for travel and the desire to share my amazing wheelchair accessible experiences with others who want to travel, but perhaps aren’t sure how or just want a little extra help.
Travelers want to have confidence and trust in their travel agents, and that is earned partly through my personal experience and training. Before booking my first client, I trained for several months through The Travel Institute to become a travel advisor. I have completed additional training courses for five different cruise lines, and I’m an Accredited Cruise Counselor through the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). This requires at least one year of experience booking cruises, numerous ship inspections, extensive training through CLIA, and personal cruising experience. I am also a Certified Accessible Travel Advocate through Special Needs Group. On top of all my training, I have visited 44 countries as a wheelchair user (34 of those by myself), taken 16 cruises on 8 different cruise lines, and spend approximately 130 nights in accessible hotel rooms around the world every year.
Spin the Globe / travel prides itself on outstanding customer service and the personal touch. Because this is a boutique agency, I don’t drive customers to certain travel suppliers so I can make more money on commissions. I find accommodations and experiences that suit your specific needs because I know from extensive personal experience how important that is for wheelchair users. Because of this philosophy, in 2019, Spin the Globe/travel was recognized as the Best Accessible Outbound Travel Agency by LUX Life Magazine.
If I have not personally stayed at or visited a hotel, I request photos of their accessible rooms so you know what to expect from your accommodations when you arrive. I consult extensively with tour guides so they understand their routes need to be step free and near accessible bathrooms at regular intervals. I can also provide you with an accessibility guide for featured destinations (and other locations if time allows for preparation) so you have an idea of accessible sights you can visit and places near your hotel where you can eat.
All you have to ask yourself now is, where do you want to roll today?
About Sylvia Longmire
Spin the Globe / travel owner and consultant Sylvia Longmire is a service-disabled veteran, mother, author, consultant, entrepreneur, world traveler, and the reigning Ms. Wheelchair USA 2016. She traveled extensively from an early age and during her time as an Air Force officer and Special Agent. After she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2005, her ability to walk started to deteriorate. Fortunately the progression of her MS was slow enough that she could gradually adapt to new ways of living.
Sylvia also had to learn how to travel with a walker, and eventually with an electric scooter. Her work as a consultant has taken her all across the United States, and her addiction to leisure travel has taken her (and her scooter) as far as the deserts of Dubai and the glaciers of Alaska. She often travels alone, and is continually invigorated by the kindness and offers of help from strangers in every corner of this beautiful world. Her goals are twofold: to educate people at home and abroad about the needs – and capabilities – of disabled travelers, and to encourage people with disabilities to leave their fears behind and seek adventure. With Spin the Globe / travel, Sylvia hopes to share the excitement and wonder she has experienced through her travels by helping others find ways to explore the world. In 2019, Sylvia was the runner-up for the American Society of Travel Advisor’s Travel Advisor of the Year Award.
When she’s not helping others travel or traveling herself, Sylvia works as a consultant and subject matter expert on Mexico’s drug war and border security issues. She has two books in print, Cartel and Border Insecurity, and she has appeared on most major national news and radio networks. She is a single mom to two amazing boys, who inspired her to form The PreJax Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides college scholarships to students with MS or a parent with MS.
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Spin the Globe / travel is a service-disabled veteran-owned, Hispanic owned, and woman-owned company.