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.
Well I have to say that Japan is at the top of the list when it comes to accessibility. The sound cues in the train stations and on crosswalks are very helpful and the cane guides are very well placed. The people in Tokyo are very helpful.
I enjoyed this episode and all the technology in it. I hope that every city will learn from Tokyo and improve the accessibility.
In episode 3 of Planes Trains and Canes Mona visits Istanbul Turkey.
I like that this episode really shows the reality of what it is like to travel as a person who is blind. There is nothing wrong with asking for help. It is better to be safe than sorry. We also see how the lack of accessibility can really hinder a person who is blind or visually impaired. This makes me appreciate the clear and accessible sidewalks and crosswalks in the cities across the U.S. There is still room for improvement but it is better than other places around the world.
The public transportation is actually rather accessible so that is a good thing. The people in this city are very helpful and do seem to understand what the white cane is for.
In the second episode Mona makes her way to London.
The first thing that jumps out at me in this episode is the way that blind or visually impaired people are perceived by the sighted. We are seen as helpless many times. People assume that we can’t be independent. Mona has someone with her for filming purposes but not for assistance yet people will usually assume the opposite. Everyone sighted or not will need directions once in a while, the act of asking for directions does not make a person helpless.
This misconception is even more evident by the way Mona is treated by staff in the London train station. It is interesting to see how they almost force a person with a disability to use the assistance. This only furthers the assumption that assistance is always needed and that people with a disability are not independent. I am glad that she was allowed to continue on her own but there is still a lot of educating that needs to be done on this issue.
I enjoyed this episode and having the chance to explore London with great audio description. The important point to take from this is to stop assuming that a blind or visually impaired person always automatically needs help. Give them that freedom to ask if they need it.