Tony Giles is a world traveler with an adventurous spirit, who is also completely blind. He has nineteen years of traveling experience and has visited all of the states in the U.S. and 125 countries.
Throughout Tony’s travels, he has witnessed the ins and outs of accessibility across the world. He has found that countries like the United States, London, and Australia are extremely accessible when it comes to fitting his needs as a person with a visual impairment. However, Tony states that less developed countries like Vietnam and China are more difficult to navigate.
But, Tony is able to find ‘hidden gems’ related to accessibility wherever his destination.
“I was recently in Thailand, and at a historical site of a prison camp, I found a map with braille on it which was a big surprise for me.”
Tony documents his adventures in an effort to encourage others to follow in his footsteps. He has published two e-books, Seeing The World My Way and Seeing the Americas My Way. Tony considers the first book to be about his young partying adventures with his first visits to Australia and New Zealand. The second book documents Tony’s emotional journey through his kidney disease, relationship struggles, and his continued travel in the Americas.
Tony says he hopes his travels can help create a more open-minded world.
“The whole world is diverse. Everyone should be equal, and everything should be inclusive. I hope my travels can create this more open-minded world.”
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