Sage Traveling is committed to providing customized, truly accessible holiday travel for our disabled and elderly clients. We deal exclusively in accessible travel to European destinations, and make it our job to understand all the challenges that disabled travelers may encounter during their trip and how to overcome them. Not only do we plan your worry-free accessible vacation, we also offer comprehensive, detailed, and organized disabled travel information on accessible European tourist attractions, ports, hotels, and transportation.
Let our passion for European travel and research take the stress out of planning your European travel and let us customize a hassle-free accessible holiday for you!
About Founder and Owner John Sage
John Sage was injured in a snow-skiing accident in 2001 when he was 22 years old and sustained a T-4 incomplete spinal cord injury. He has some sensation but uses a wheelchair to get around. John quickly adapted to his new lifestyle and retained his passion for life. Since 2001, he has visited Europe 16 times to over 140+ cities in his wheelchair.
In the spring of 2008, after his sixth trip to Europe, he realized there had to be a better way to plan a wheelchair accessible trip to Europe. He had spent dozens of hours researching accessibility trip to Southern France and Italy and was still met by accessibility surprises during the trip. The existing internet accessibility information was sporadic, vague, non-existent, or completely incorrect! Some information would describe a place as “totally inaccessible for wheelchairs” (Venice) yet with the right information they can absolutely be visited by wheelchair users!
Upon realizing that there was really no one out there who was providing all of the comprehensive information that someone in a wheelchair or with other mobility issues would need to make a trip to Europe he began creating and setting up his accessible travel company, Sage Traveling. No one had pulled all the necessary accessibility information together and presented it like a guide book with maps and pictures but John was determined to change this.
John Sage has spent the past several years learning accessibility phrases in various languages to be able to call hotels and museums to inquire about accessibility. He has taken numerous trips to top European travel destinations to make Sage Traveling a leading expert in disabled European travel. After lots of work John launched www.SageTraveling.com in December 2009!
“I encourage any individual that has an interest in European travel, no matter their mobility limitations, to go for it! I have had the best experiences of my life traveling the world and living out my dreams. Traveling is my passion and I look forward to making your dream accessible vacation a reality!”
– Founder & Owner John Sage
This map shows the 140+ cities that John has visited in Europe in his wheelchair (the pink hearts are his favorites). Let Sage Traveling use our disabled travel expertise to help plan your next trip to Europe!
John’s Travel Pics
I got engaged to my wife Tiffany in Santorini, Greece (photo from that awesome sunset experience is shown on the left) so it’s obviously one of my favorite places! Mykonos (shown in the photo on the right) is another one of my favorite Mediterranean destinations!
My decision to found Sage Traveling came about while traveling in Italy with friends. Visiting the Colosseum (shown in the photo on the left) and the small towns in Tuscany (shown in the photo on the right) are two of my favorite things to do in Italy!
Belgium (shown on the left) is one of my favorite destinations because of the great beer and mussels. When I travel, I like to visit some big cities and some small towns (like Annecy in France shown in the photo on the right)
Every now and then I get to do something different. Like using the smallest elevator I’ve ever seen (it wouldn’t even fit my wheelchair) or kayaking under a 2000 year old Roman aqueduct in France!
Watching the Tour de France in the French Alps is one of my favorite memories from all of my travels in Europe!
In London, I took a train at Platform 9 3/4 to visit Harry Potter in Hogwarts, and I visited Stonehenge… which was unlike anything I have ever seen in Europe!
In Paris, I brought my own chair to do my impression of “The Thinker”!
At the Athens Acropolis, I was able to get to the very top! But getting down involved rolling over some tough uneven ground!
Cruising is one of my favorite ways to travel! The weather in the Mediterranean is great, and every now and then I get to do something cool like meet the captain of a cruise ship (shown in the photo on the right).
While researching accessibility in Europe, I’ve been from sea level (Monte Carlo shown on the left) up to some of the highest peaks (Mont Blanc shown on the right)!