I have toured all the continents of the world as a blind man, even Antarctica. All over the world travel is my goal. Blind and deaf Tony Giles was talking about his dream. He has already traveled to more than 130 countries despite his physical disabilities.
“Some might say I’m an example of the final stage of travel. I want to show them that you can see the world in an alternative way,” the 41-year-old English traveler said in an interview with the BBC’s Travel Show during a tour of Ethiopia.
Feeling through touch
“I listen to people, climb mountains, everything I feel through my touch and feet. That’s how I see a country.” Giles has been touring new places for the last 20 years.
During one such visit, he met his Greek girlfriend, who was also blind. He went to Russia with his girlfriend last year. They traveled by train from one end of the world’s largest country to the other. But on most trips, Giles has traveled alone.
Exciting experience of getting to know the new
Giles’ travel was funded by his father’s pension. So he planned his trip well in advance. His mother helped him buy plane tickets, but according to Taran Giles, most airlines do not have enough facilities for the blind.
He has already contacted those who help him during his stay in a country through various websites. There are no chances to decide where I can go in a country by reading a book or a travel guide. I have to know that information before I travel. So I haven’t fixed my schedule in advance.”
Once he arrives in a new country, he is thrilled to travel there. Who I’m going to meet or what I’m going to be sometimes I don’t know. That’s the adventure I have.”
Physical disability as a blind man
When Giles was nine months old, his eye problems were first caught. At the age of ten, he lost his sight completely.
Earlier, at the age of six, he was identified as partially deaf. Even though you are currently using a powerful digital hearing aid for hearing, you cannot hear all kinds of sounds.
“I was sad for a long time as a teenager because I went blind.” He attended a special school and from that school, he traveled abroad for the first time at the age of 18.
Giles still suffers from various physical problems from time to time. In 2007, if he had kidney problems, he had to have a kidney transplant.
Giles lost his father at the age of 15. At the age of 18, he lost his closest friend, who was physically disabled. “For the next six to seven years after that incident, I became addicted to alcohol. By the age of 24, I became completely alcoholic.”
Giles’ father, Sadagari, worked on the ship. The distant story heard from the father as a child created a stir in Giles. “When I recover from alcoholism, I see that there is an opportunity to lead a completely new life.”
Blind man how escape from emotion.
Her backpacking adventure began in March 2000 with a trip to New Orleans.
“I didn’t know where I was going. I was so worried, I sighed and said to myself: ‘Tony if you don’t want this adventure, go home.'”
At that time, he decided not to back down and has since toured all the states in the United States.
“One of the main reasons I started traveling was to escape my emotions,” Giles said.
Traveling to new places has also created a lot of positive thoughts in him.
“After mingling with people, I realize I’m blind and they don’t mingle with me – mingling because of my personality.”
Giles moved around at a very low cost. He feels comfortable using public transport anywhere. He also prefers a simple place to stay.
A very simple environment that I feel better to be in. So all my senses are awake. Giles tries to understand everything by touch. Want to get to know different objects through feeling.
He creates an image of everything in his mind by talking to people and listening to others. He allowed to touch and feel everything in an art museum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Giles said that as a result, he also felt solidarity with everyone present. Many museums around the world do not offer such opportunities to visitors.
There is a lot of time to be lost
Giles usually avoids inaccessible paths anywhere.
Most of the time he hires a separate guide for himself. But sometimes he doesn’t get a guide, and sometimes he gets lost.
However, Giles did not panic even if he lost. Waiting for a passerby who can help him.
People are walking by your side and normally it’s can be, such as some of the people ask are you lost?
He said it had happened many times that strangers had taken him to their house and entertained him. Many times strangers helped him on his journey.
Giles’ biggest problem is finding new notes in a new country.
Sometimes, I have to find someone to keep trust in a new place. Talking to someone I have to understand if he is trustworthy.”
After confirming about a person, he took him to the ATM booth to withdraw money.
Incredible travel story of Blind man
Giles likes to play a variety of musical instruments in those countries while traveling around the country.
“Music is one of my favorite things. I find myself in music. Music can overcome all obstacles.”
Eating local food from all regions is also one of the goals of his trip.
Jails has visited many places of interest and also taken pictures of many places.
Giles himself may not be able to enjoy those pictures, but visitors to his websites can see the pictures and learn about different places in the world.
Many times people are shocked to see the intoxication of his travels.
They ask, “Why would a blind person want to see the earth?”
Giles’ answer is very simple.