Blind Man Traveling the World Solo - Tony Giles: AP-145

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“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

Helen Keller was once asked what is worse than being born blind? Her reply was nothing short of legendary. The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. . You do not need to use your eyes in order to have vision. This is where most of are at in life, we are limited to what we can and cant do, ultimately sitting on the fence, thinking of excuse after excuse on why we cant do something.

Who we are is nothing to what we could become if we just break down our fears into manageable steps. Tony Giles is a man who could easily just live a quiet life of solitude, he has being given the biggest challenge that any human being can face, being blind and 80% deaf, and still manages to travel the world.

What limitations are you telling yourself, I remember this podcast well, It was a long drive, it was hard to get parked, It was lashing down with rain, We had no clue where Tony lived, we really struggled with a really really long drive, 8 hours had taken us to this point. But by George it was worth it. 30minutes of Tony’s time was the equivalent to a 3 hour speech from Tony Robbins. We were both psyched, the man lights a fire in the hearts of everyone he meets.

A few months later me and Dan were driving to London, to record a few more podcasts, and I asked Dan out of all the guests we’ve had on who has got it all together, and his first reply was Tony Giles. This man knows what the world is, he has seen it, maybe not with the literal sense, but ultimately within his heart, there is no judgement, there is no envy, there is no hatred towards the condition he has. Its like the man is a Buddha which is completely at piece with who he is and what he has done in life, no bridge to far kinda guy.

If only the human race could all truly feel what Tony feels, this world will be a truly even better place.


EPISODE BREAKDOWN

  • How a blind person can travel the world?

  • The moment of truth..

  • Anyone can do any challenge that is presented to them.

  • The challenge of places.

  • The best and Worse Country.

  • Travelling without planning.

  • Seeing the most beautiful things in life.


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MEET TONY

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I am a young person, totally blind and 80% deaf in both ears without my hearing aids. I also had a successful kidney transplant in December 2008. I’ve been travelling since the age of 19 and began writing about my journeys in 2005. My first, in a trilogy of travel biographies, was published October 2010. A second part, an ebook, followed in 2016. The third instalment, wanderings around Africa, will come next. I also had an article published in Sense Magazine, a publication that caters to blind-deaf individuals, in 2013.

Tony’s Website

TONY’S BOOK


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