Matt Getze Wheel Adventure TravelI’m Matt Getze and I like to travel.

I don’t like to travel just anywhere: I like to travel to unique places and experience breathtaking adventures. I am a paraplegic in a wheelchair and I travel within a modest budget. That’s the theme of this site.

When planning trips, I suggest that you keep your mobility and comfort levels in mind. Mine is one small step and a bathroom I can fit my wheelchair in.

It’s hard to find wheelchair accessible hotels that are centrally located, affordable and supported by authentic photos on travel websites; thus I created the Wheel Adventure Travel site. The places in question are Europe, Asia and South America. It sucks to research online for hours and come up blank. I’ve researched photos of hotel entrances to see if the hotels had steps at the entrances or ramps. Most travel sites have generic, stock photos which don’t reveal much. A lot of hotels indicated as having “facilities for disabled” aren’t wheelchair accessible.

In each place I’ve traveled to, I deliberately set out to find affordable, centrally located and handicap accessible hotels. I took pictures and videos of the entrances and asked the hotel staff if the hotels had wheelchair accessible rooms; that is, a bathroom with either roll-in showers or bathtubs with handles. I also tried to see the actual rooms.

Wheel Adventure has tons of info, videos of tourist attractions, streets, sidewalks, ramps, restaurants, etc. You’ll also find out money-saving tips and traveling within a budget.

Help and Strangers
Man, there are so many great people I’ve met in various parts of the world. I traveled alone throughout Prague, Madrid, Frankfurt, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines and Colombia. Needless to say, I’ve relied many times on the help of strangers to aid me. Steps and stairs pose the largest hurdle for wheelchair travel (narrow doorways, turnstyles and gates as well). Traveling solo in a wheelchair wouldn’t have been possible without the help of some wonderful people I’ve met along the way.

Use Wheel Adventure Travel to make informed, intelligent travel decisions. Keep an open mind and don’t limit yourself.

matt_getze_hollywoodWHAT PEOPLE ASK:

  • What’s your favorite color?
    • Orange and blue. Thus, the color scheme of this site–and the Broncos baby!!
  • What happened?
    • This is the most common question by strangers (before greetings such as “How are you” or “What’s happening”) and my answer is that I was just born good-looking and there was nothing I could do to stop the train to handsomeness. Okay, seriously, I had polio as a baby. How? You’re too young. I was born in Seoul, Korea and caught it there. Luckily for me, I was adopted by a terrific American family. And, voila!
  • What is my level of disability?
    • I honestly don’t know but I’m pretty darn mobile though. Also, no, I can’t use my legs at all but yes, I have feeling in them (so don’t tap my legs thinking you’re getting away with something!).
  • What kind of wheelchair do I use?
    • I’ve always stuck with a Quickie 2HP. I find folding chairs convenient to travel with because, well, they can fold up. If I climb into a tuk-tuk in Thailand, I need to fold up the chair. I looked into a rigid chair because they’re lighter but I found they are, well, rigid, and not as convenient for my travels.
  • Where have I been lately? You’ve disappeared for awhile. Your site was down and had lots of broken links.
    • First, the latest destinations have been Medellin, Colombia, and Panama City, Panama. Medellin is AWESOME!
    • I recently moved to Colorado after working for 4 years at a university in northern Indiana. South Bend, IN was quite a climate and culture change. But now I’m in Colorado and I love it. I just redesigned this website and I am back in action.
  • Your tagline: Oil. Tighten. Pack. Roll. The heck?
    • These are the steps I take to travel: dismantle my wheelchair, oil it up, tighten all the parts, pack my stuff, and roll out! Are you with me?!
  • How do you afford to travel so much?
    • I’ve always had a daytime job. I simply save up, research the cheapest ways to travel and go. If you’d like contribute by way of sponsoring me, feel free to send me a note. I would love that!

Have fun. Kick ass. Enjoy life.