carrieannlightley.com is an acclaimed accessible travel blog, sharing reviews, guides and expert tips about travel as a wheelchair user in the UK and overseas. The blog aims to encourage and inspire others to travel to, explore and discover new places.
In 2019, Carrie-Ann was named as one of the top 100 most influential disabled people in the UK, on the Shaw Trust #DisabilityPowerList100.
I live in the Lake District with my husband Darren and our little dog, Poppy.
I love to travel, to the next town or somewhere far away. I’m an organiser, a planner, and a list maker. Researching new places to go is what I love to do, and it was part of my role as Information Service Manager at Tourism for All for 13 years. In 2018 I started a new job, as Marketing Manager at AccessAble, the UK's leading provider of accessibility information.
I have Cerebral Palsy, which means I use a wheelchair. I was brought up to believe that there is nothing I absolutely cannot do – there is always a way. This blog and my travel writing is my way of sharing that belief with the world, and celebrating accessible businesses that go above and beyond to make sure that everybody enjoys their holidays and travels.
Accessible travel isn’t always easy, it does require a lot of extra planning and sometimes there are surprises along the way. For me, that makes the beach sunsets, the rooftop city views, and the countryside landscapes even more beautiful. To have overcome what feels like a million extra obstacles and be able to say ‘I got here!’ is an amazing feeling. That’s why I have such a passion for the industry I work in; every day I help people to realise their accessible travel dreams, and help businesses to make those dreams possible.
Feel free to contact me if we can collaborate, work together, share stories or just have a chat.