About Flying Wheels Travel

Barbara and Judd Jacobson established flying Wheels Travel in 1970. Judd was a quadriplegic because of a diving accident and identified a need for a full service travel agency to assist people with disabilities with their travel needs. Their years of experience, advocacy, knowledge and development of resources made Flying Wheels Travel a premier agency recognized throughout the world. 

Since Judd’s passing, Barbara and her expert team have kept his legacy alive by providing award winning travel experiences not only to people with disabilities but expanding their services to people with chronic illness and the mature traveler.

Today, the Flying Wheels Travel team provides individual travel arrangements, customized escorted tours and group travel experiences all over the globe — serving people worldwide.

Barbara JacobsonBarbara Jacobson

Barbara is owner and president of Flying Wheels Travel. Judd and Barbara met in Hawaii in 1968 when he was escorting a group of Minnesota farmers on a 4-island tour of Hawaii for radio station KDHL, and Barbara was managing the office of TWA (Trans World Airlines) in Waikiki, the tourist center of Honolulu.

Barbara, who was born in England, subsequently moved to Judd’s home town of Owatonna, Minn. and they were married at Christmas of 1968. Judd worked for local radio station KDHL on air and in sales and marketing. As a Southern Minnesota radio personality, he escorted tours every winter to Hawaii, Mexico or the Caribbean accompanied by an attendant. Thus, with their wonderful combined experience in the travel industry, the Jacobsons opened their travel agency to provide corporate and vacation travel services to the people of southern Minnesota. At the same time, they also started Flying Wheels Travel, which specialized in travel for people with physical disabilities.

Barbara received the Condè Naste award for top travel specialist for people with disabilities in 2004-2006. In 2007 Condè Naste unfortunately discontinued this category. 


Timothy HoltzTimothy Holtz

Timothy joined Flying Wheels Travel in 2009. He brought more than ten years of experience of working with people who have a chronic illness or disability with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Timothy developed national award winning programs and services for people living with MS and provided travel opportunities, weekend getaways and advocacy for people with various disabilities.

During his time with Flying Wheels Travel, he developed and hosted numerous group travel opportunities. Today, he is expanding group travel for people who have difficulties walking, are slow walkers or use a wheelchair by partnering with us as Dignity Travel.



Edna Cook

Edna has had many roles with Flying Wheels Travel throughout the years. She has hosted group tours, planned individual reservations and provided travel companion service to our guests. Today, Edna is using her expertise to assist our guests with individual travel plans..


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Machu Picchu
Rhine ferry
A view of Quito from the skylift.
Colchagua Valley Museum, Chile
Touring Rome
Elephants riding tricycles during the elephant show.


Scandinavia and St. Petersburg Cruise Tour

Jul 28, 2018 to Aug 11, 2018

Western Mediterranean cruise tour

May 06, 2018 to May 20, 2018

2018 Alaska cruise options

Jun 07, 2018 to Aug 30, 2018

Norwegian Fjords Cruise Tour

Aug 31, 2018 to Sep 12, 2018

Riverboat Tours

Escorted Tours

Japan Cherry Blossom Tour

Apr 03, 2018 to Apr 15, 2018

Belgium and Netherlands tulip tour

Apr 07, 2018 to Apr 20, 2018

Deluxe Portugal and Spain tour

May 05, 2018 to May 20, 2018

Highlights of Poland tour

Jun 05, 2018 to Jun 14, 2018

Ireland tour

Jun 23, 2018 to Jul 07, 2018

Great Britain Tour

Jul 28, 2018 to Aug 11, 2018

Black Forest and Switzerland tour

Aug 28, 2018 to Sep 08, 2018

Peru and Machu Picchu Tour

Oct 28, 2018 to Nov 08, 2018

South Africa Tour

Nov 03, 2018 to Nov 18, 2018


Global Destinations

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Japan cherry blossom tour

Apr. 3 - 15, 2018
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