Is your bag packed? Do you have your passport? Did you remember your imagination? Are you geared up for a sense of adventure? If you answered yes to all of these questions, then you are ready to set out on a trip with UK traveler and author, Tony Giles, so let’s go! We’re going to the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, and Thailand. In his nonfiction book titled, “Seeing the World My Way”, Tony takes us with him on his journey as he navigates through various obstacles within these countries. While reading the book, very descriptive details may cause one to feel as though they were there with Tony in person.
“Seeing the World My Way” offers a unique and interesting perspective from across the globe. What is so unique about the book? Well, Tony Giles not only went on a solo journey across various countries, but he did it all while being completely blind and eighty percent deaf. It is apparent that Tony Giles has no limits when it comes to conquering his dreams, leaving no stone unturned. For example, I asked Tony to describe himself in one word, and he replied by saying, “The one word to describe me would be 'Alive'! I want to live life to the full, do everything, feel it, do it, taste it... My mind is constantly active, learning and dreaming, searching for the next challenge.” Wow, Tony Giles is taking advantage of all the opportunities life has to offer.
In addition to creating opportunities for himself, Tony would like others to realize that their dreams can be possible as well. Specifically, Tony stated that, “No matter their disability, problems or challenges’, they can be overcome, anything is possible and life is for living.” I agree with Tony, disability does not mean inability!
After reading the book, my favorite part was chapter two titled, “The Question Why?” When it comes to traveling, some people are baffled why a completely blind and partially deaf person would want to travel if they can’t see what’s around them. Tony answers his spectators by asking in return, “why not?” In fact, sight is not a requirement for traveling, one can compensate through the other senses; sense of smell, touch, taste, and hearing. Traveling is all about the person taking in the culture around them, which can be done in various ways, as seen in Tony’s book. In the interview, Tony stated that, “As I matured and travelled further, I realized my blindness enabled me to do more, not less. It gave me a view of the world vastly different from other travelers. It enabled me to overcome other fears and emotions by discovering that being blind didn't stop me from participating. My blindness allowed me to use my other senses and train them to their maximum.” Tony not only trained his senses to the maximum, but he’s also helping others learn how to do so through his experiences.
To learn more about Tony Giles and his book, “Seeing the World My Way”, check out: http://www.tonythetraveller.com/ All proceeds from the book will go to a charity helping those with Muscular Dystrophy.