Sylvia Longmire is an accessible travel writer, travel agent, author, entrepreneur, and disability rights advocate. She is also a service-disabled US Air Force veteran, full-time wheelchair user, single mother, and the former Ms. Wheelchair USA 2016.
Ms. Longmire is the founder of the award-winning Spin the Globe travel blog, on which she shares her adventures traveling around the world in a power wheelchair. She focuses on the wheelchair accessibility of her destinations, encouraging fellow wheelchair users to explore the world.
Her accessible travel writing has been featured in The New York Times, New Mobility magazine, The Orlando Sentinel, and Lonely Planet, and she has published three accessible travel-related books – including the award-winning Everything You Need to Know About Wheelchair Accessible Cruising. Through her travel agency (Spin the Globe/Travel), she is making others’ accessible travel dreams come true.
Since 2005, Ms. Longmire has been a subject matter expert on Mexico’s drug war and border security. She is a TV personality and frequent guest on major media outlets, providing interviews for CNN, MSBNC, FOX News, NBC Nightly News, and more. Ms. Longmire has been a guest expert on The History Channel’s Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and America’s War on Drugs, and has also consulted for producers of the National Geographic Channel’s Border Wars and Drugs, Inc. series. She is the author of two books on these issues: Cartel (2011) and Border Insecurity (2014).
The combination of travel photography, videography, and TV appearances naturally combined to lead Ms. Longmire to explore opportunities for commercial, print, and voice acting work. She is currently developing Spin the Globe, a documentary series that follows her around the world in her wheelchair, with a focus on the fascinating people she meets along the way.
Ms. Longmire is the President and founder of The PreJax Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides scholarships to exceptional students who either have multiple sclerosis or a parent with MS. She is a single mother to two amazing boys and resides in Central Florida.