I posted this for Heather, who needed some help and reassurance on how she and her husband could continue to enjoy a holiday in the sun. I thought I'd re-post it because, reading through it again, I think it's damned good advice and, though i'm in no way an evangelist, damned good advice to live our lives by, as age and/or disability starts to limit what we (think we) can do. With the love and help of my partner and the assistance of airlines, airports, tour guides and tour companies, I've had two wonderful holidays in the last three years - one touring in Japan, using the Shinkansen (Inside Japan), and one touring in Rajasthan by car (Delhi Magic). Knowing in advance that I'd covered all my bases and that my loving partner was by my side (or pushing from behind) has meant we can live a wonderful life, and continue to see more of this wonderful world.
As H has said, airlines and airports are very disabled-friendly and you can arrange a wheelchair via the airport or airline (could you walk from mini-cab to check-in?) If you would find a wheelchair helpful, they'll usually collect you from check-in and take you through the security etc to the departure lounge, then collect you again to take you to the gate and down to the plane. If your husband can push the luggage on a trolley from mini-cab to check-in, that's the last you'll see it till the other end. Or you could pick up a porter, curbside. (Maybe it would be worth visiting the airport in advance and talking with the porters and info desk about what can be arranged?)
At the other end, you'd again get a wheelchair to the arrivals hall and you could pick up a porter in baggage claim so all your husband has to do is identify your cases and they'll go with you through to arrivals. What happens in and after arrivals is down to what you've booked. Your husband may have to push the luggage trolley, and you walk, to your car/taxi/transfer bus. But the key point is to check who can arrange what, book it early and check it again just before departure.
Incidentally, I believe the right order of things in the UK is for you to arrange assistance via the airline, but for the actual assistance to be provided by the airport. Same process overseas, so you'd not have to arrange anything with the foreign airport - the airline will do it for you.
I think we all try to do too much, and not to see or consider or ask what help may be available (some of it free-of-charge, like wheelchairs and a pusher to get you through the airport, some at a cost, like porters). As we get older and/or less abled (I'm 53, but have to use a wheelchair, or crutches for short distances) we either draw back our horizons and accept a limited existence or we accept out limitations and plan to get the most out of things, whether it's arranging a wheelchair place at the cinema or theatre, accepting stares and being dealt with in the third person (and would he like a drink? Is there anything he needs? Well, asking me direct might be more polite, for a start!) or broadening your horizons, choosing a wonderful holiday destination, researching just how you're going to get there and how you'll get around, checking that you and your husband will be able to tackle what you must while others do all they can to help, and going for it. Don't forget, there is a worldwide industry which can come together to make your journey and holiday as easy as it/they can
Go for it Heather, the world really is still your oyster.