‘A blind guy who wants to show you the world’
founded Traveleyes in 2005. When he was four, his parents were told that he would lose his sight, and by the age of 18 he had lost 98% of his visual range. But as a keen traveller, he refused to be cowed. “I knew that beyond the mist was a world waiting to be discovered,” he says. He spent his gap year exploring in Canada, and a year later he joined 10 other disabled people to cross the jungles of Nicaragua for a BBC series called Beyond Boundaries. But when it came to travelling alone, he found that no holiday company wanted to cater for an independent blind person.
“I soon realised that if you want something in this world which does not exist, you either go without, or you build it yourself,” he explains.
“So I launched Traveleyes to make the world more accessible for people like me. The great thing is that sighted people enjoy our holidays too, sharing their sight with others and seeing the world from a new perspective.
“Our holidays focus on experiencing the world with all five senses. Travel is more than just the seeing of sights, and when you start looking with your other senses, the world becomes more alive.”