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Personal - reason to act


My name is Torsten Schäfer, I am traveller between two worlds and founder of act.


About me: YOM: ’67, Mileage: 62,300 km by feet, 25,500 km on wheels (wheelchair user since 2000).
International business and holiday trips brought the world and the people closer to him, he has seen and experienced a lot – of course also the different interpretations of “accessibility”. So are other European countries in view of accessible tourism obviously progressive in comparison to Germany. Also emerging nations deal with that issue, with pragmatic, partly surprising good results and helpfulness. Often you can find accessibility at places you would never expect (e.g. in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, on a picnic site with wheelchair suitable toilet).*
Travelling with a wheelchair you will experience a lot of barriers and curios, which an “outsider” without handicap can’t notice. The first big challenge already starts with the planning and booking phase, which is time-consuming and nerve-racking and only leads to usable results due to insider knowledge.


I normally travel with my girlfriend. Always with pleasure through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana - individually planned, by rental car. Still on the to-do-list: Tanzania, Patagonia, Australia, and many others. Still on the to-do-list: Tanzania, Patagonia, Australia, and many others…
I also like to spend my holiday together with friends in (accessible!) holiday homes – also there you will find good approaches and a lot of optimization potential.
The fact, that all the described above occurs on every trip again and a lot of other travellers affected complain the same, has persuaded me to get active and to develop solutions for the tourism industry.


Be curious, let us tackle the things and design the future with act!
My motto:

Expect the unexpected