Dear Reader,

My name is Melanie Bordes. I’m a 31-year-old globetrotter on wheels. Two years ago, in 2016, the Little Miss Turtle Blog was born. The idea of sharing my accessible travel experiences came up after discussing accessibility issues with friends.



If you are looking for wheelchair-accessible
travel inspiration,
 you’ll feel right at home here!

What’s this blog about?

On Little Miss Turtle I write about accessible travel adventures and my life with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy. I was diagnosed with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2I (or to make it short LGMD2I) at the age of 4 and got my first wheelchair around the age of 8 years. Over the years, my wheelchair became my best friend, and it continuously keeps me moving forward towards new experiences. I have a restless traveler’s heart and love to discover new places all around the world. Since the age of 16, the LGMD also affects my cardiac as well as my respiratory function. Years ago, I decided to live my life to the fullest, to travel as much and as often as I can as long as possible. Life can be short! Carpe Diem.


What is limb-girdle muscular dystrophy?

Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, or just LGMD, is a rare genetic muscular disorder with 34 known subtypes. The disease varies in severity. Symptoms can occur from early childhood up to adult age. It first affects the proximal muscles of the arms and legs, but finally, muscles all over the body can be involved. LGMD causes mild to severe weakness and muscle wasting, which can eventually lead to a complete loss of function. The heart, as well as the respiratory muscles, are affected in some subtypes. Nerves, other organs, and the brain aren’t affected. LGMD is often confused with MS, but it has nothing to do with it.


Why Little Miss Turtle?

My enduring experience in living with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy 2I has taught me to overcome fear and has set my mind free from social convictions. I would like to share my story and especially all my wheelchair travel adventures with you. The name “Little Miss Turtle” came up because back then, when I was still able to walk, I moved around slowly but steadily – just like a turtle does.


Please get in touch with me or leave a comment below, if you would like to share your thoughts. You can also follow this blog on Facebook or by subscribing with your email address.


See you soon.





  • Claudia 11/08/2016   Reply →

    Hallo Melanie, wunderbarer blog, so positiv, interessant und einfach herzerwärmend! Du bist eine so starke Persönlichkeit, Hut ab und danke, dass Du dies mit anderen Menschen teilst! Freue mich, mehr von Dir zu lesen! Schade, dass alles nur auf englisch ist – warum nur? Liebe Grüße Claudia

    • Melanie 11/08/2016   Reply →

      Hallo Claudia! Dankeschön für deinen wunderbaren Kommentar :-)! Ich freue mich sehr, dass dir der Blog gefällt! Ich schreibe auf Englisch, um meine Erlebnisse mit möglichst vielen Menschen weltweit zu teilen. Liebe Grüße zurück, Melanie

  • Martini 29/06/2018   Reply →

    Liebe Melly,

    ich finde deinen Blog megastark, weil er genau diese Lebensfreude und Kreativität von dir widerspiegelt! Es war und ist ein riesengroßes Glück, dass ich so einen tollen und starken Menschen wie dich zu meinen allerliebsten Freunden zählen kann! Du bist einfach wunderbar! ich freu mich sehr auf unser Wiedersehen! Deine Martini

  • Julie 25/08/2018   Reply →

    Your blog is fully inspired and well organized. Thank you for being an inspiration

  • Richard Many 05/11/2018   Reply →

    Hi Melanie, So happy to have found your travel blog. Like you, I have LGMD (mine is 2L) diagnosed 40+ years ago while in college. Unlike yours, mine resembles turtle-like progression so am still able to walk short distances with Canadian Crutches but use a scooter more and more. My wife and I love to travel like you but have confined our travel to the US so far. Looking forward to reading your posts and following you travels. Thanks for being there. RM

    • Melanie 05/11/2018   Reply →

      Hi Richard!
      Thank you so much! I really appreciate your comment. It’s great to hear that your progression is turtle-like :-)!!
      Let’s keep in touch!

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