Travel Tales From the Blind Are Exciting, and Different
Illustrated travel stories told from the perspective of the blind and visually impaired.
Travel Supermarket recently compiled and illustrated some fascinating travel stories from people whose sensory experiences of the world are different from most people. We’ve written previously about blind woodworker and craftsman George Wurtzel, who puts it this way:
””Blind people experience a city a little different than sighted people. It is a whole body experience, the texture of the streets under your feet, the bumping and jostling of very crowded streets, the intense smells of food, beer, bakeries and perfumes. You gain snap shots of people based on their conversation. All of these things build a mental picture that is very close to what someone would get by looking around.”
These recollections offer the sighted a unique and refreshing perspective on the places they describe.
Woodworker and craftsman George Wurzel — blind since his teens
Mountains of North Carolina
Heavy equipment salesman Billy — legally blind from birth
Jazz vocalist Frank Senior — blind from birth
Adirondack Mountains, New York
High-school graduate Ross Minor — blind since age 8
Grand Junction, Colorado
Unidentified Mind’s Eye Travel customer — visually impaired
Penobscot Bay, Maine
Mind’s Eye Travel organizes and hosts vacation travel for the blind and visually impaired.
Professional long distance hiker Trevor Thomas — blind since 2005
Writer and cook Christine Ha — blind
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Christine is the Season 3 winner of MasterChef U.S.
Film critic and video producer Tommy Edison — blind from birth
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