Welcome to the exciting website of Tony Giles – blind world travel extraordinaire.
Tony on the shore of Lake Louise in the Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada.
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. Yet I have visited all seven of the World’s continents. I have completed the goal of visiting all fifty states of the USA. I have also crossed the Arctic Circle, visited every country in South America, and all 10 Canadian provinces.
I originate from Weston-super-Mare, near Bristol, in the South West of England. At present I live in Teignmouth, Devon.
I have written several books about my world adventures. The books are travel diaries of the observations and experiences of a blind man as he travels around the world.
What’s New (1st August 2016)
A new mini-site has been created dedicated to my travel writing: Tony Giles – Blind Author and Travel Writer.
Seeing The World My Way, the first in a trilogy of travel biographies, was published in October 2010. I plan to self-publish my second book, travels in north-south America, later this year.
Seeing The Americas My Way – coming soon! (15th August 2016)
Tony’s second travel book: Seeing The Americas My Way, to be launched as an Ebook, late August 2016.
Seeing The Americas My Way follows Tony Giles, blind solo traveller, through more exciting adventures. Tony’s second fascinating travel biography offers a more sensory observation of backpacking. From the sounds, smells and cuisine of Brazil and Argentina to the feel of the rhythm of salsa in Cuba – coupled with the usual adrenaline activities associated with this author.
Country 116 (2nd June 2016)
Tony is now in Belize, country 116.
Country 113 (20th May 2016)
I’m now in San Salvador, capital of El Salvador, this is country 113.
New blog post – Now in Tegucigalpa, Honduras (9th May 2016)
Read Tony’s latest blog here.
Country 112 (21st April 2016)
I’m now in Nicaragua, country 112.
Costa Rica (17th April 2016)
So now I’m getting ready to leave beautiful Costa Rica and cross into Nicaragua. Well I’ve travelled from the Caribbean cost to the Pacific, been near Mount Chirripo in San Geraldo, staying at Casa Mariposa, a wonderful paradise hostel retreat. I’ve rafted and got sunburnt in Turrialba, ziplined and done my 16th bungee jump in Monteverde, hiked trials, fallen often, cut toes and been attacked by many mosquitos. Yet the one constant thought in my mind is, the Costan people are lovely. Keiner and his lovely girlfriend who I stayed with in Turrialba to Oswalso and Andrea in the small town of Belen near San Jose, whose hospitality and humour I’ll never forget. Yes, the country is expensive, especially food and activities, but the nature in its abundance compensates for any expense. The beautiful birds that woke each morning or the howler monkeys with their occasional screech were delightful. I walked and swam in rivers and hiked to many spectacular waterfalls, the highlight being Viento Fresco, about 11km from Tilaran in north Costa Rica. It has been fun and interesting. Bring on Nicaragua and more adventures.
New blog post – Panama and Cost Rica (31st March 2016)
Tony has sent his latest post describing his adventures in Panama and Cost Rica – read it here.
Country 111 (29th March 2016)
I’m now in Costa Rica, having crossed the land border from Panama on Saturday 26 March. This country 111.
Tony’s first book available NOW!
Seeing The World My Way
A totally blind and partially deaf guy’s global adventures
Seeing the World My Way follows Tony Giles’ journey of hedonism and thrill-seeking adventure as he travels across North America, Asia and Australasia. Full of drama, danger and discovery, this fascinating travel biography is a young blind man’s view of the world as he sets out to achieve his dream, dealing with disability whilst living life to the limit.
From bungee jumping in New Zealand to booze filled nights out in New Orleans, Seeing the World My Way is a no-holds-barred account that is certainly not for the faint hearted. Travel the world in a whole new way with Tony Giles’ frank, honest and exhilarating romp through one adrenaline-fuelled experience after another.
Paperback published by SilverWood Originals. Price £8.99. ISBN 978-1-906236-38-0. 224 pages.
Available in Braille from the RNIB Library. More details here.
All money Tony receives will go direct to a charity for people with Muscular Dystrophy.