‘A blind guy who wants to show you the world’

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Discover -

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.”

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