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TEDx Vienna Conference 2018 video (5th December 2018)

I hope this finds you well. Please find below the long awaited video of my TEDx Vienna talk on Simplexity that occurred in Austria on 19th October.

Blind Man Travelling Solo | Tony Giles | TEDxVienna

Watch this video on YouTube.

Interview on RMWorldTravel – America’s number one radio travel show! (30th October 2018)

Interview with Tony broadcast on 27th October 2018.

Listen to the podcast on the RMWorldTravel website. The podcast is dated 27 October 2018.

BBC Travel Show reminder (21st January 2018)

A reminder that the second part of Tony’s BBC Travel Show documentary is still available, It features Tony exploring Bethlehem.

It is available to watch (UK only) at this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09jl4k0

The international link is http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05tyfcx

It is also being broadcast worldwide on BBC World News and in the UK on the BBC News Channel. For broadcast times, see the links below:
BBC News Channel
BBC World News

ILTV interview (11th January 2018)


Watch Tony’s recent interview with Israel based English Language news channel ILTV (9th January 2018).

Czech article (20th December 2017)

An article about Tony recently appeared on the Czech news site Novinky.cz. Read the article here (Czech language).

Watch the first part of the BBC Travel Show documentary (12th December 2017)

For anyone who missed it, here is the first part of the BBC Travel Show documentary featuring Tony in Jerusalem:

Tony in Jerusalem, BBC Travel Show, part 1

Watch this video on YouTube.

The second part, filmed in Bethlehem, was originally scheduled for broadcast last weekend. It was postponed due to recent events. When a broadcast date is known, we will add details here.

Lonely Planet article (8th December 2017)

New article on Lonely Planet news –
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2017/12/08/blind-visually-impaired-travel-125-countries/

First part of my travel documentary (2nd December 2017)

Here’s the link to the first part of my travel documentary I did with BBC World Travel Show. Hope you enjoy it :), thanks for watching, best, Tony the Traveller.

Blind backpacker travelling the world

Tony on BBC World Travel Show (30th November 2017)

Heads up: I was filmed in Jerusalem and Bethlehem for a documentary for the BBC World Travel Show about how disabled people are able to travel. Here is information about show times and when and where. The Jerusalem feature will be the second half of the programme on Dec 2nd and Dec 3rd. The Bethlehem feature will be the first half of the programme on Dec 9th and Dec 10th.

On the UK BBC News Channel the times will be: Sat – 10.30 Sun – 13.30 and 20.30. On the World BBC News Channel the times will vary depending on time zone. But the times GMT are: Fri: 20.30 Sat 03.30, 13.30, 18.30 and Sun 06.30 & 12.30. It will also be available on the iPlayer in the UK.

A shorter version may also appear on BBC Breakfast over the weekend if there’s no big breaking news! :)

I hope everyone can access BBC World some how. I should be getting a Youtube link as soon as it goes live, so watch this space for that.

Thanks for following, and please share this with as many people as possible. Happy travels, Tony the Traveller.

Author of Ebooks:
Seeing The World My Way.
Seeing The Americas My Way.

Updated iBooks/iTunes links (23rd May 2017)

A reminder that both Tony’s books are available from Apple iBooks.

Seeing the World My Way
https://geo.itunes.apple.com/gb/book/seeing-the-world-my-way/id1189073353?mt=11
Seeing the Americas My Way
https://geo.itunes.apple.com/gb/book/seeing-the-americas-my-way/id1155800966?mt=11

Available now – Seeing the World My Way, ebook second edition (4th January 2017)

Seeing the World My Way (second edition) coverTony’s first book Seeing the World My Way is again available to purchase as an ebook. This second edition is available from all the major ebook stores, including Amazon.co.uk, Apple iTunes and Google Play.

Happy New Year (3rd January 2017)

Happy New Year to one and all, Tony plans to visit West Africa in February-April 2017. His exploration intends to cover Ghana, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Republic of Guinea, Guinea Bissau and south Senegal.

Seeing The World My Way second edition planned (14th November 2016)

Tony’s first book Seeing The World My Way is at present out of print. A second English edition is planned for release in early-mid December 2016.

Now in New Zealand (19th October 2016)

Tony landed in Wellington NZ Wednesday night, 19th October. Begins travels of North Island of New Zealand with Tatiana :)

Australian TV interview (11th October 2016)

On Sunday night (9th October 2016) Tony appeared on The Couch.

Watch it here:

The Couch – October 9, 2016 (Episode 574)

Watch this video on YouTube.

The Couch is a TV chat show based in Perth, Australia.

Kazakhstan conference (22nd September 2016)

Tony has visited Kazakhstan for an interesting conference on ‘social tourism’ inclusive tourism for all, disabled or not. This is country 116 :)

Seeing The Americas My Way – launch now set for late September (30th August 2016)

Ebook now set for launch in late September 2016. Last minute alterations!

Thanks for understanding.
Tony

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 100 (11th May 2015)

Tony is now in Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia, country 100.

E-book from Kobo (13th January 2015)

Tony’s first book Seeing the World My Way is available as an e-book in EPUB format from the Kobo website. Details here.

It is also still available to purchase as a Kindle e-book from Amazon.co.uk and as a paperback from all good book shops.

Information update (18th November 2014)

The Polish addition of Tony’s first book has sold 1,700 copies in Poland Information and updates on the second travel book to follow soon!

Next adventure (3rd October 2014)

Tony is off to his next adventure: Azerbaijan, country 97!

Tony in Poland (13th July 2014)

Tony and Tatiana are travelling around Poland promoting his book. Interviews with journalists and TV occurring soon.

Choice Words, AMI-audio, Canada (12th June 2014)

New radio programme on the theme of accessible travel. Includes excerpts from Tony’s book. Highly recommended!

More details on the AMI-audio website.

Listen here:

Back in Bucharest (9th June 2014)

Now back in Bucharest after a fascinating trip. I’ve visited Chernivtsi, Ukraine, it is also called Cernau in Romania. A historical city about three hours bus ride north-east of Suceava, Romania. After three days there I headed to my 94th country, Republic of Moldova. I stayed in Chisinau, the country’s capital. It’s about a 7-9 hour night bus ride from Chernivtsi. Nice quiet people and little to do or see. Some lovely parks, an orthodox church, a triumphal arch and several bars-restaurants-clubs. I spent one day travelling to a town called Orhiel Vec to visit a historical monastery and church in a cave with a spectacular view of a river. The day was very hot and I was travelling with my backpack. On the climb down I took a wrong turn and walked about 2 km in the wrong direction in countryside along rough road/tracks with small houses and cows, goats and chickens before stopping a passing car whose driver gave me a ride back to the bus stop, where I caught the return bus to Chisinau. Crossing a street to catch a minibus to the large bus station, a bus/truck ran over my stick and bent the end. I was unharmed and continue my journey. Five hours later I was deposited in Iași, Romania (pronounced Yash). The bus driver actually drove along one of the old main streets and dropped me outside my accommodation. Iași is a lively student city and former capital of Romania. It’s on seven hills and the parks are delightful. The main attraction seems to be the Palace of Culture with its museums. A concert seemed to be occurring during my brief visit. I met up with a couple of friends I’d met in Bucharest before catching a night train back to Bucharest. In two days I fly back to England.

Transylvania (2nd June 2014)

After leaving Brașov, I headed to Sighișoara, another historical Saxon town. I stayed in a hotel near the train/bus station although the staff didn’t speak any English! An afternoon was spent exploring the historical citadel with its clock tower, which I climbed. There is also a Germanic church from 1298 and wooden covered stairs which eventually lead to a church on the hill.

My next destination was Cluj. The bus for some reason was gone so I took a very slow and hot train to Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania’s largest city. A university town with large squares and many activities. My first evening was spent with a Dutch backpacker and Larisa, a local girl, sampling the sights and enjoying the evening sun. The following two evenings were spent absorbing local music and entertainment. On my final day, I took a bus to Turda – a historical town with a large salt mine. The mine was used and built between 1690-1930 for mining salt for the Austrian empire. Some of the tunnels are named after Austrian royalty. It was really cool, 12 degrees in the mine and my guide and I descended to a depth of 120 metres (400 feet) during my tour. At the mine’s lowest level is a lake and an island with rides available in plastic canoes. Much of the salt is crystallised and the echo in some of the chambers is tremendous.

After Cluj, I visited Sighetu Marmației near the Ukrainian border. Again a hostel with no English speaking staff. I met some more backpackers and spent a day exploring the city centre, visiting the former prison, now a museum to those who were political prisoners and died during the Communist period. I also briefly visited Eli Weseler’s house, now a museum to the Jews. I then attempted to travel to Suceava, but the only bus of the day was full. Eventually I learnt a night train was available with a change in Salva during the night.

In the early hours of Friday I arrived in Suceava and headed 7 km out in the suburbs to stay at a lovely family run hostel in the countryside. The couple of course spoke no English but were kind and helped me organise a tour to visited the painted monasteries. With rain in the air and mist on the horizon, my guide and I drove around the area visiting four historical 15-16th monasteries, and I had their paintings on both exterior and interior described. Biblical scenes of Jesus on his journey to the crucifixion and resurrection, a last judgement scene, and in one church, the siege of Constantinople in one scene! At last, I boarded a bus and three hours later crossed into Ukraine at the city of Chernivtsi, where I now reside. More to follow later.

Update from Romania (19th May 2014)

After leaving Bucharest, I headed far west on a 12 hour bus journey to Timisoara, in far west Transylvania. I had a lovely three day stay eating ciorba – traditional soup – delicious. Two lovely ladies, one named Andreea and another, Loradana looked after me and Andreea even showed me around some of the university city. I visited the Revolution Museum with a local guy I met on the street and he took photos.

Next I headed to Alba Lulia for a couple of nights, Romania’s largest fortified medieval city. A small apartment style hostel more like a museum with old objects from the Second World War and from the mountains. Now I’m in Sibiu, the best preserved medieval town in Romania. A capital city of culture in 2007. It’s basically a large square surrounded by old buildings dating from the 13th to 19th century. The Liar’s Bridge and Council Tower are the most noticeable buildings of note.

Heading to Brasov tomorrow for 4 days of more history and sightseeing. I am fine and have survived my attack in Bucharest. The Romanian people are lovely helpful and kind.

Travel updates (6th May 2014)

Tony has just visited Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey with Tatiana. They’re now back in Athens. Tony sets off to Romania on Tuesday. This will be his 92nd country. He intends to also visit Ukraine and Moldova on this trip and will be back in UK after 12th June.

Excellent review of ‘Seeing the World My Way’ (27th February 2013)

(5 stars)

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

I’m not a huge fan of biographies, so when I was approached to review this one, I was somewhat reluctant. However, I thought to myself, “Why not try something different, and keep an open mind.” So that’s what I did, and I am very happy to report that I absolutely loved this story!

Usually, I find biographies extremely boring. However, I found myself completely transfixed by this amazing person and his exploits. I even forgot that Tony Giles has a hearing and sight disability. To travel the world on your own takes guts, and I’m ashamed to say I don’t have any. However, Tony Giles seems to have a thirst for adventure, and is willing to take a chance to experience life to the fullest. His descriptions of places and events are extremely vivid, and I could easily see him as he travelled through America, Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. I could tell that he loves history, and has a keen interest in warfare. This comes through his various visits to war museums and his descriptions of various war machines during his travels. He also is a bit of an adrenalin junkie. He made me feel exhausted with all the activities he had planned, and participated in! His descriptions of the countries, and places within them, made me want to go visit them.

Tony Giles has written an amazing account of his travels. I have nothing but the utmost respect for him. I wish him all the best for any future travels he has planned, and hope he gets to visit some of the places he still wants to go to.

I highly recommend this book to everyone, even if you don’t like biographies, because this is one person who has inspired me to try something different. I’m going to try to be a bit more adventurous in the future, and take a chance to do something I have always wanted to do – take a trip on a cruise ship to see the Northern Lights. – Lynn Worton

Source: Amazon.co.uk

‘Seeing the World My Way’ audio book (14th December 2012)

Tony’s book ‘Seeing the World My Way’ is now available from the RNIB on audio disk as a DAISY recording.