TabiFolk started as a side project of the accessible travel information site Accessible Japan.
While answering inquires of fellow travelers with disabilities, we realized that a lot of the people had the same or similar questions. While the questions were very important, they weren’t big enough to fill up a page on the website (and would make the page menus too long!). We decided that a community forum would be a good way to answer questions.
A community forum allowed us to not only get feedback from the community by seeing what everyone was interested in, it also helped those asking questions get a broad set of answers as other visitors could provide a variety of different perspectives – not just ours. It also helped others searching the internet find answers. If all correspondence is via email, no one else but the recipient will find out the answer. Having the conversation in a forum thread means that someone searching for an answer on Google can find the conversation and get an answer quickly. The forum allowed us help more people than we could before.
And we thought…
So, we started the TabiFolk as way for travelers with disabilities to connect, ask questions, and share wisdom. Not stopping at forums, we added member-run groups for shorter themed conversations, and personal user blogs so that everyone has a platform to share about their accessible travels.
We want this website to be not just a set of questions and answers, but a community of people who love to travel and refuse to let their disabilities get in the way of their trip planning.
Of course, we created it for ourselves as well – so we can get answers to our accessible travel questions too!
We look forward to interacting with you and making the world an easier place to travel – regardless of your ability.