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Hunter Woodhall Gets Real About Traveling the World as a Bilateral Amputee

Feb 15, 2024 |

Traveling is one of the most enriching experiences a person can have, but a good trip always requires a bit of research and preparation. For the limb loss community, it usually requires a little bit more preplanning. In a piece featured on Travel & Leisure, 3x track-and-field Paralympic medalist Hunter Woodhall shares his story from the perspective of a person with bilateral limb loss. 

Hunter was born with fibular hemimelia and after exploring corrective options the decision was finally made to amputate both legs at 11 months old. Trying to keep up with two older brothers, Hunter credits his parents for not allowing him to use his disability as an excuse. His mom especially was of the mindset that he just had to find a different way to do things. Hunter remembers one particularly meaningful trip to the 2010 winter Paralympics in Vancouver which ignited his love for track. “My parents wanted to show me what’s possible and out there. It worked…,” he said. 

Track brought with it many incredible opportunities to travel and his desire to see the world grew. “I realized this world is a big place and there are so many cultures you don’t get to know about until you go and experience them,” Hunter shared. “It opened up a new part of me, and I was like, man, I want to see the world.” 

Hunter is now married to Tara Davis-Woodhall, an Olympic track athlete, and the couple travels together for both athletics and pleasure. The frequent flyer recounts the same challenges many others experience with TSA, getting on and off the plane, and even amusement parks. Despite the hiccups and obstacles along the way, Hunter finds a way to enjoy every destination. 

Are you ready to explore the world? Book your next adventure through Wheel the World. Through our partnership, the Amputee Coalition will receive a donation with every travel booking made using the code ‘AMPUTEECOALITION.’  

If you would like to share your own experiences with travel, we invite you to join the conversation happening in the advocacy community on AC Connect!