Meet the Gypsies: Cory Lee of Curb Free with Cory Lee

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Meet the Gypsies : Cory Lee of Curb Free with Cory Lee

Cory Lee is a 23 year old travel addict and college Senior. He started his travel blog Curb Free with Cory Lee with the aim to inspire others to step out of their comfort zone and see all of the beauty that the world has to offer.

1. Who are you?  Where are you from?  Where are you now?

Hey! I’m Cory Lee and I run Curb Free with Cory Lee, a travel blog devoted to sharing the world from a wheelchair user’s perspective. I’m from Georgia, USA and I am still in Georgia now as I finish up my last semester of college and prepare for upcoming trips.

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Salzburg, Austria

2. What’s your packing strategy? Heavy or light packer? Suitcase or backpacker?

I’m usually a very heavy suitcase packer, but I’m trying to get better at packing light. It’s really hard to not be a heavy packer though because I have to pack medical equipment such as my wheelchair battery charger and various converters. In my defense, all of the heavy items that I pack are necessities.

3. How do you afford your travels?  Budget traveler or lean more towards luxury?

I pay for all of my travels myself right now. I usually save up for a while by making travel the number one priority. For example, instead of buying a $100 shirt that I’m dying for, I just stop and think that the $100 could buy one night’s hotel stay. Being in a wheelchair does make traveling a little more costly because the hostels usually don’t have great accessibility. Therefore, I tend to choose 4 and 5 star hotels, so it takes me a bit longer to save up for a big trip.

4. If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?

Anywhere warm!! Seriously. It has been so cold here lately and I am craving some fun in the sun. I would probably choose either Hawaii or Thailand if I could leave tomorrow. I have never been to either place, but they are both way up high on my bucket list.

Cory in the Bahamas!

Cory in the Bahamas!

 5. Is there anywhere you wouldn’t travel to and why?

I honestly cannot think of anywhere that I wouldn’t travel to. After all, North Korea is one of my many dream destinations, but unfortunately there are no wheelchair accessible tours there yet. Hopefully there will be within the next few years though.

6. You have a great bucket list.  What are you most excited about crossing off?  Plan on crossing any off this year?

Some of the ones that I’m most excited for include going on an African safari, swimming in the blue lagoon in Iceland, and all of the ones based in Australia. This year I will be crossing off 5 items for sure: graduate college, see the Grand Canyon, pet a koala, see the Sydney Opera House, and drive along the Great Ocean Road. Hopefully I will be able to cross off a few more as well though. I email Ellen Degeneres on an almost daily basis so maybe I can finally get tickets to her show this year!

7. When you get a new place, what type of places do you like to go to first?

When I first get to a new place I love to take in the view from up high on the London Eye, the top of the Eiffel Tower, the top of Willis Tower, etc. This allows me to get my bearings on the city and kind of figure out where everything is. Plus, the views are usually gorgeous so it also gives me an appreciation for the city. Aside from taking in the views, I also go check out the landmarks first and try some great food that is specific to the area.

8. What would you like other wheelchair users (or any disability) to know about the possibilties of traveling?

I would like other wheelchair users to know that traveling in a wheelchair is possible with a little determination. I’ll admit that it isn’t necessarily always easy to travel with a wheelchair and you really have to be prepared for anything, but in the end the adventure is always worth it. Most people that I have encountered in foreign countries are willing to help in any way that they can as well, so don’t worry too much about being alone and uncared for. The world is mostly good, with only a few bad seeds.

9. What’s the most difficult thing about traveling in a wheelchair?

Really, planning everything is the hardest part. I try to arrange all transportation beforehand so that I can ensure wheelchair accessible taxis when I need them. I have waited over three hours for an accessible taxi before so it’s definitely best to be well prepared. I wish that cities would get more accessible taxis, but many places are still lacking. London, however, is on the forefront of accessibility, which I originally didn’t expect for a European city. Every black cab in London has a foldout ramp!

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10. Most importantly, where to next?

At the end of February I am finally visiting my #1 bucket list destination – Australia! I’ll be spending 9 days exploring Sydney and Melbourne. “Excited” doesn’t even begin to cover it.

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Ashley is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused adventure, outdoors, wildlife and Vegan food! In between bigger trips, she is delivering the best of her hometown, Nashville. Hates mustard & pickles. Needs coffee to function. Other passions | activism, minimalism, zero waste, books + writing.

7 Comments

  1. Raphael Alexander Zoren

    March 27, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Great story, Cory is sure one inspiring guy!!! Looking forward to reading more from him!

  2. Lauren

    March 27, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Wow! Sometimes it is difficult enough to figure things out while traveling and I could not imagine doing it by wheelchair. Cory is very inspiring! Also, I do hope that you make it to the Ellen Degeneres show 🙂

  3. Linda Brendle

    March 27, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Great interview, and very inspiring. I look forward to reading about the Australia trip.
    Blessings,
    Linda

  4. Lisa from Lulu's Big Adventure

    March 27, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    It’s wonderful to have a blog such as Cory’s, and very inspiring for people with and without accessibility issues. It’s great for people in wheelchairs to see that traveling can still be a great option!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Phoebe (Short Road to Happy)

    March 28, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Great post! Love the interview and Cory’s traveling spirit!

  6. NZ Muse

    March 30, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Sydney is lovely, you’ll have a blast! Haven’t made it to Melbourne yet but really want to – a good friend of mine moved there last year.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      March 31, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      I think Cory had an amazing time in Australia from the looks of his pictures 🙂

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