About Cory

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Hey there! I’m Cory Lee.

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Welcome to my travel blog, Curb Free with Cory Lee. Here on the site, I hope to share my experiences as a disabled traveler with you and many tips as well. Have you ever wondered:

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How can I fly as a wheelchair user?
Which hotels are the most accessible?
What beaches have powered beach wheelchairs?
How do I charge my wheelchair in a foreign country?
What cities are the most wheelchair friendly around the world?

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If any of these thoughts have ever crossed your mind, you’re in the right place. On Curb Free with Cory Lee, my goal is to show you how to travel, where to travel, and most importantly, why travel as a person with a disability.

 

 

Why should you trust what I have to say?

At the age of two I was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (type 2), but that certainly never diminished my desire to explore the world.

When I was four years old, I got my first powered wheelchair and took my first trip. It was just to Walt Disney World, but then at the age of 15 I went to the Bahamas. This was my first time ever traveling internationally. Seeing the culture and trying the new foods sparked something inside of me that made me want to see so much more of this big, wild, beautiful world of ours.

 

With Mickey Mouse at Disney World.

With Mickey Mouse at Disney World.

 

From then on, travel wasn’t something that I wanted to do, it was something I needed to do. I’m a big believer that travel is the best teacher, so throughout college I traveled to places like Germany, England, and I even went down under in Australia.

 

In the Blue Lagoon in Iceland.

In the Blue Lagoon in Iceland.

 

At times, traveling wasn’t easy. My wheelchair charger blew up (literally – sparks were flying) in Europe, I got trapped on a burning bus once, and I’ve even been attacked by a hippo in South Africa. Despite these crazy travel experiences, I have learned a lot and had the time of my life along the way.

 

Close encounter with a hippo in South Africa!

Close encounter with a hippo in South Africa!

 

Just before I graduated from the University of West Georgia with a degree in Marketing, I launched Curb Free with Cory Lee because I wanted to share what I’ve learned on the road with you. Since starting this blog in December 2013, I have gained more than 50,000 engaged and supportive followers, traversed 6 continents (my life goal is to visit all 7… just Antarctica left) and became the leading travel blogger focusing on accessibility.

In 2017, I won the prestigious Lowell Thomas Award for Best Travel Blog. Over the years, I’ve also been featured on Travel Channel, CBS News, Lonely Planet, in the Los Angeles Times, and many more (to see the full list of where I’ve been featured, click here). I also frequently speak about accessible travel at conferences around the world. Needless to say, it’s been a whirlwind past few years and more than I could have ever imagined.

 

Hot air ballooning over Israel with my mom.

Hot air ballooning over Israel with my mom.

 

I hope that you enjoy this blog and if you have any questions for me, feel free to get in touch via the Contact page, send me a message on Facebook, or tweet me.

Safe travels,

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21 Comments

  • I Cory,

    Just learned from your blog today from another blog article.

    I’m a freelance writer and life coach traveling Europe right now while taking my work on the road.

    Congratulations on your success. You’re a real inspiration.

    ~Sylviane

  • agirlbythesea says:

    beautiful…

  • Came across your website today from Twitter and all I have to say is wow Cory, what an inspiration! Keep rocking on

  • I’ve just started traveling around Australia in a motorhome and I’ve got a couple chronic illnesses (chiari 1 malformation and an autoimmune condition the effects my joints), and my bad days are becoming more frequent and making the possibility of needing help getting around a reality and I thought we’d have to turn around and stop traveling. You’ve made me see that no, I wouldn’t need to! That my Bed With a View (mums theory of if I’m unable to get out of bed she’ll take the bed around the country) can continue even if I need the extra help. Thank you for your posts, I know where I’ll be coming if I do need to make the step to wheels

  • Jocelyn Richards says:

    Hi Cory…I’m 58, wheelchair bound with Ms,love to travel;miss the beach. Your web site is fantastic. I can’t wait to travel to ALL of your beach hot spots..
    You’re an inspiration…
    Jocelyn

  • Renee Thompson says:

    Great website!!!

  • Love your website and all the informative posts. You are truly an inspiration to anyone who faces a mobility challenge. Bless you!!

  • renald claessens says:

    Thank you for your travel to Iceland.
    So I will also go to that island in my wheelchair.

  • Theresa Doherty says:

    Hi Cory, I came across your website and I am amazed. I am a C5 quadriplegic. I live in Massachusetts, and as you may have heard winters here can be tough. Although last winter wasn’t bad at all. I’ve been a quad since 2002 and I have not traveled since. I do have my own wheelchair van which I was thinking of driving to Florida in January 2017 for a couple of weeks. I sleep on an air mattress and I use the hospital bed. I have done some research and I have found many homes in Florida that are handicapped accessible. I would like to possibly go away for a weekend, but I was wondering how you transfer from chair to bed and vice versa. I would have 2 PCA that I would take with me but I do worry about the transfer. I am in awe of all that you do. I love your beach experience and I also liked your airplane video. Do you take your shower chair with you on your trips and is it a special chair? Thanks Cory I hope to hear back from you. Theresa

  • Nichi says:

    Hi Cory!

    You are such an inspiration! Keep trekking!

  • David zeitzer says:

    Cory
    My name is Dave z and I became wheelchair bound 2 yrs ago. I am traveling to vegas with my wife in 3 months. I am leaving my motorized chair home and taking a manual chair. This is my first trip and my wife and I are planning out how we are going to get around. Can you give me some tips.

  • Donna says:

    I would like to follow your blog. Best, Donna

  • Tugcem Kocadal says:

    How amazing you are! Such an inspiration, love your website, Cory. Keep going :)

  • Jed says:

    Cory, this blog is excellent. Loads of great advice and tips for travel junkies. I work for a company that supplies disabled and infirm persons with assistive equipment for the home, items such as electric beds and riser chairs. I contribute to the company blog (https://alpinehc.co.uk/engage/positively-caring/) and will be sharing this site with my fellow authors and hopefully write a post on your work soon. Our audience always receives referrals to blogs like these well, they can make such a difference to life.

  • Jan & Matt Worsham says:

    I’m a 69-year-old mom with a 30-year-old son with acquired brain injury. He is re-learning many things and loves to travel, but I’ve been afraid to spend money on a trip only to get there & find that it’s not equipped to handle handicapped people. I will be following your blog with him and looking for places that pique his interest. Your site & others like it are a great service! Thank you!

  • Lora says:

    One of the highlights of my trip to Israel was meeting you, your wonderful family and the time we spent together. Simply put. You rock. I’m so impressed and inspired by your blog and your beautiful energy. Looking forward to seeing you again sometime soon on the road!

  • Sammy Sawyers Jr says:

    Hello, my name is Sammy Sawyers Jr. I am a disabled veteran and a caregiver for my wife who is also a disabled veteran. My wife has multiple sclerosis ( M. S. ) and we wish to make more happy memories by starting to travel. We will be traveling to Disney World in July and hopefully after that going on cruise. I never been on a cruise and she hasn’t while disabled so it’s going to be a first and hopefully great experience for us. Keep inspiring and providing help because you give people like me encouragement to go on.

  • Amira says:

    Hi Cory, i like your website and you should think to visit Hurghada, Red Sea Egypt one day :)
    we are working to make it accessible destination for all

  • Armen says:

    Hi
    I have sma too. I like tourism! I’m YouTube blogger.

  • Madis Mark says:

    You are a true inspiration! I have also been disabled since 9 years old and can confirm that it is totally possible to travel around the world with a wheelchair. My biggest accomplishment related to this is probably living in Portugal for 5 months while being totally independent. I even went surfing there! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMGHcOC5QfQ)

    In the future I would like to travel much more, doing public speaking and inspiring people all around the world :)

    Best wishes,
    Madis

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