Spotlight: Traveleyes – A Unique Travel Experience for People who are Blind or have Low Vision

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*This post is not sponsored by Traveleyes*

Do you enjoy traveling? Do you find your loss or lack of eyesight to be an obstacle to travel, or has it made travel less enjoyable? Well, today i want to spotlight a company that offers a unique travel experience to people who are blind or visually impaired. 

Traveleyes provides independent group travel for people who are blind or have low vision. The unique aspect is that each group is made up of a mix of sighted and blind and visually impaired individuals. The sighted participants help to provide sighted guide and to describe the sights. There is a 50% discount for sighted participants. This allows those who are blind or partially sighted to travel independently without having to rely on family. 

Traveleyes handles all of the details including the entire itinerary.  Click here to learn more about how it all works.

I have not used this service myself but I hope to be able to do so in the future. I would love to visit England one day and other places as well. Individuals, couples and small groups are welcome. I think it is important that this allows a person who is blind or has low vision to travel independently because they do not have to rely on family or friends to travel and they can go on their own schedule. I know my family would probably not want to fly all the way to England or other far off destinations. This service would give me an opportunity to travel on my own. It is also nice to know that the sighted individuals want to contribute and help guide and describe the sights as they agree to this when signing up for the trip. I would not feel like I was asking for too much or feel like a burden when asking for descriptions or for sighted guide. I think this would make the vacation much more enjoyable for me. It is a great benefit that sighted participants get a discount because they offer a very helpful service. 

Click here to learn more about the destinations you can explore with them.

I should add that you should check the site to find out when the tours will be taking place as the pandemic has changed travel rules.

So if you feel safe enough to travel again or when you do feel safe enough you should look into Traveleyes.  I hope to take part in one of their travel tours one day.

Rrflections: Get Your Ticket into Heaven Before it’s too Late!

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I have a question for you. Are you 100% sure that you will go to heaven when it is time for you to leave this earth? Well if you have to think about it then you are not sure. The Bible tells you how you can be 100% sure that you will go to heaven when you die. Read on to get the truth or watch the video below.

Most people think that being good will get them into heaven. Yes, heaven is only open to perfect people. The reality is that none of us are perfect. The Bible says;

Romans 3:10 KJV — As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Romans 3:23 KJV — For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

The punishment for sin is death but not just death, it is hell, eternal burning.

God loves us all that he made a way for us to be saved from the eternal punishment of hell.

Romans 6:23 KJV — For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

God sent his son Jesus to take on our punishment on the cross. He was crucified and then rose to life on the third day. His blood was enough to cleanse our sins. The cleansing of sins is only available to those who believe in Jesus Christ and believe that his blood was enough to cleanse sin and that he is alive today. Those who call upon him and ask him to save them will be forgiven. Forgiveness means your sins are no longer on record, they are wiped away by his blood.

Salvation is free and easy, you do not earn it, you only receive the wonderful gift.

John 3:16 KJV — For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Time is running out. Tomorrow is not guaranteed to any of us.

John 3:36 KJV — He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Get out of God’s wrath and into God’s family before it is too late. Jesus Christ is your ticket into heaven.

Romans 10:9 KJV — That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Pushing on, Stretching out Practicing Discipline and Being Thankful (A Chronic Voice May 2021 Linkup)

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This month I am taking part in the May Linkup for people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. This linkup is hosted by Sheryl, founder of the blog A Chronic Voice. She provides 5 writing prompts to use to share updates on life in general but also may include the aspect of disability. When you have a chronic illness or disability it will make an appearance in every part of life. Here are my responses to this month’s prompts.

Pushing

There are several things that I am pushing myself to do and I have started working on some this month and I am starting some soon. I am pushing myself to learn new things. 

I hope to resume my journey to learning braille. I know the basics but I want to improve and I need a review. I know half of the alphabet but the second half has been more challenging for me to memorize. 

I am also pushing myself to learn Greek. I am using the Textus Receptus to learn. I use a screen reader or an audio Bible to study as I am visually impaired so this has been an adjustment for me in learning a new language but I am becoming more familiar with words the more I listen. I have also found some lessons on youTube that are helpful. I will be posting more about this in an upcoming post.

I am pushing myself to exercise more. I have fallen into a rut the past few months and have not been exercising at all. I want to begin walking at home again.

Stretching

I am stretching out when it comes to my blog and poetry. I hope to be able to be a full time blogger in the future. I have made two YouTube channels, one for my poetry and one to go along with this blog. I am very shy so this is a stretch for me but it is time for me to just do it. I hope to improve my poetry site and start a mailing list and grow my audience all around. It may be a stretch for me but sometimes you just have to aim for big dreams.

Here are my YouTube channels if you want to check them out.

Discipline

I want to be healthy and step away from the candy. I have already explained that I want to exercise more but I also want to eat healthier. I have recently been eating too much candy and I must stop.

I also want to have a daily schedule that will give me set times to study braille and Greek as well as to work on my poetry and on this blog and on YouTube and all that goes along with that. I have a lot to keep track of and I need to stay disciplined to get it all done.

My Christian faith is very important to me and I want to be disciplined in this area as well in reading my Bible and praying and spending time with God. I set time apart in the morning before I do anything else and at the end of the day. 

Text on image says I can and I will in bold letters

Preserving

Well I am preserving my sound mind by staying close to God and keeping myself busy and also by loom knitting. I am used to being at home most of the time but sometimes it can get frustrating. I would like to go for walks but my neighborhood does not have accessible areas which is to say that you need a car to get around and I do not feel safe walking on my own. 

Thanking

I am thankful that I am in good health and my family is in good health. I am thankful to have a home to be in even if I do not get out much. I am thankful to be able to blog and reach others with my story.

Some extra thoughts

I hope that your May went well. Feel free to share your answers to these prompts in the comments below. Thank you for reading. 

Reflections: Believe the Words

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Truth, it is the missing piece in society today. There are increasingly less places to get the truth as there are very few agenda-free avenues left. Everyone seems to be following their own truth. This is a dangerous path to follow. 

I am thankful that there is still a solid place to find the truth. This is the word of God. The Bible will give you the truth regarding every subject or situation you will encounter in society. The word of God stands forever and it will set you free. 

Stop relying on all the shifting views all around you and decide to believe the words of the Bible, the truth.

John 8:32 KJV — And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

I wrote this poem last month on the aspect of believing.

Believe the Words

Read the words within the book
For they are words of life
Let them pierce your heart today
And lead you to the truth

The word of God will guide you
Through the uncertain paths
Take this leap of faith today
Believe just take his hand

You can read more of my poetry here.

Give the Bible and God a chance. Watch this video for more truth.

I am Visually Impaired and I use Glasses and a White Cane and a Cellphone

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When you see someone using a white cane and wearing glasses you may have some questions. You may wonder if the person is actually blind. I want to bring awareness to the fact that blindness is on a spectrum. This means there can be someone with no light perception to someone that has some usable vision.

I am one who has some usable vision but not enough to be safe without a cane when I am out on my own. I explain more in this video.

I use glasses with a very high prescription so the lenses are very thick and they make my eyes look much bigger. The glasses magnify what I see and allow me to see things at a close distance but my one good eye is unable to focus on details. My vision also changes depending on lighting and on how much contrast there is.

I also want to add that assistive technology such as screen readers and magnification allow those who are blind or have low vision to use a cellphone independently. Screen readers turn text to speech and the user can interact with the screen the same way a sighted person would.

I have returned to YouTube to be able to reach more people with my story and to share my experiences. I will also be sharing faith related videos and lifestyle videos as I combine it with this blog.

So please take time to get to know someone and just ask questions instead of assuming things.

I hope to continue to educate others about vision impairement and help make more aware of the facts.