Welcome

  • Tony sliding along a zip wire in San Gil, Colombia, December 2012.
    Welcome to the exciting website of Tony Giles – blind world traveller and writer.

Read more about Tony.

My Books

I have written and published two Ebooks about my world adventures.

Seeing the World My Way book cover. The cover shows Tony illuminated under a bus shelter with the surroundings in semi-darkness.

Seeing The World My Way

Published in 2010 and re-published as an Ebook in 2017.

Buy Seeing the World My Way on amazon.co.uk.
Buy Seeing The World My Way on Apple Books.

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Seeing The Americas My Way book cover. The cover shows Tony in front of a 'Stone Tree' ( Arbol de Piedra) in the Siloli desert of south-west Bolivia.

Seeing The Americas My Way

Ebook published September 2016.

Buy Seeing the Americas My Way on amazon.co.uk.
Buy Seeing the Americas My Way on Apple Books.

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My books are travel biographies of the observations and experiences of a blind man as he travels around the world having crazy adventures. The first instalment, Seeing the World My Way, describes my early journeys: out for adventure but consumed by alcohol as a method for dealing with my disabilities.

My second book, Seeing the Americas My Way, is a more sober, yet more emotional tale. It highlights my challenges of confronting personal issues whilst travelling.

News

BBC Travel Show part 2 reminder (14th June 2019)

A reminder that the second part of Tony’s BBC Travel Show documentary will be shown this weekend.

In the second part of a Travel Show special from Ethiopia, Tony Giles, a blind and almost deaf backpacker, visits Lalibela, the cradle of Christian orthodox Christianity in Africa. He visits the world – famous rock hewn underground churches and gets the chance to take part in a colourful and moving Orthodox lent service. It is here that Tony begins his own spiritual journey, questioning his own disability and why his own lack of sight and sound has driven him to travel the world.

Blind and deaf traveller plays drums in Ethiopia

"One of my biggest loves is music, I've always loved music because I can connect with it. I don't need to see, I don't even need to hear with music, I can feel the rhythm". Blind and deaf traveller Tony Giles enjoys an impromptu drumming session while visiting the Ethiopian town of Shashamane – home to a vibrant Rastafarian community originally nurtured by Emperor Haile Selassie – on his latest adventure with BBC Travel Show. Showing on BBC World News Friday (21:30 GMT), Saturday (02:30 Latin and North America only, 04:30, 14:30 and 19:30), or available on BBC News Saturday (05:30, 10:30), Sunday (01:30, 13:30) Catch the episode on BBC iPlayer here (UK only): https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0005ymw

Posted by BBC Travel Show on Friday, 14 June 2019
Preview clip.

BBC News
Saturday 15th June at 05:30, 10:30
Sunday 16th June at 01:30, 13:30

Also available on iPlayer after broadcast.

BBC World News
For times visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/n3ct5t7t

Also see https://www.facebook.com/bbctravelshow/.

More updates for Tony’s Ethiopia documentary (7th June 2019)

More information about my up and coming travel documentary with a little taster to grab your interest :).

Good afternoon from the Travel Show The Travel Show has a lovely video which you might be interested in promoting. Tony Giles, who is completely blind and severely deaf, is backpacking independently around the world and has visited more than 120 countries. On his travels around Ethiopia he visits a studio containing paintings which were part of a wider exhibition designed for blind and partially sighted people to experience through touch. Tony says: “So many times you go to art galleries with friends and you sort of feel excluded, but touching this art made me feel included… its art I can appreciate. I felt equal.” https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/disability-48530433/touching-paintings-i-feel-included-in-art

Travel Show:
Showing on BBC World News Friday 7 June (21:30 GMT), Saturday 8 (02:30) and Sunday 9 (04:30).

UK viewers can also watch it on BBC News, Saturday (05:30, 10:30 GMT) and Sunday (1:30, 13:30).

Or catch the episode on BBC iPlayer here:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b03x51n1/the-travel-show

I hope everyone will be able to view it at some stage. I hope everyone will be so intrigued and amazed, you will visit Tony’s wonderful website: www.tonythetraveller.com And buy and download his fun and fascinating travel biographies: Seeing the World My Way and Seeing The Americas My Way. Thanks so much to everyone for following and supporting.

From Montreal, Canada. Have a wonderful day and weekend, Tony :)

Tony’s Ethiopia Documentary (6th June 2019)

It’s almost show time for my amazing and fascinating documentary of a blind man experiencing Ethiopia. So go check it out on BBC World News or BBC News 24 and BBC Travel Show FB page. Please watch, comment, follow and share. And please, continue to tell people to buy and download my fun and fascinating travel Ebook biographies. Seeing The World My Way, repub, 2016 Seeing The Americas My Way, 2016.

Thanks for following and supporting. Any of you people out there who have already bought and downloaded either of my Ebooks, if you liked them, please write a comment/reference on Amazon or from whatever website you purchased from. The higher my Ebook ratings the better. Thank you, one and all. From a bus station in Montreal. Tony :)

Now in Beautiful and friendly Canada! (3rd June 2019)

Tatiana and I arrived in Toronto Thursday afternoon, 30th May. We spent 3 relaxing nights in the fairly flat and friendly city. Locals are lovely, polite, kind and helpful. We sped up the CN Tower by elevator, arguably, Toronto’s main landmark. It’s apparently the world’s 9th tallest free-standing structure and the highest in North America! Standing at a total hight of 553.3 metres (1,815.3 feet). So yes, it’s tall! Made of concrete, it’s a communications and observation tower located in the heart of Downtown Toronto, Ontario Province, Canada. We wandered around the outdoor observation terrace; 342 m (1,122 ft) above ground! Boy: it was windy up there! After circumnavigating the platform and taking a few photos – hopefully, of the Toronto downtown area and skyline, we went back inside to stand on the ‘Glass Floor for another photo, before going up one level to have another hot drink. The area around the Glass Floor was crowded. Many people find it a little weird standing on the glass as, looking down through it, can give people dizziness and make them feel they will fall through at any moment. We had no such qualms! :). Finally, we travelled up to the SkyPod at 447 m (1,467 ft) above street level. This is an indoor area with more views down over the city. It was quiet up there, no other visitors! :). We were ‘high on the world’! We had a brief wander round with another friendly security staff member, then headed down to ground level and exited the building. Back in fresh air, we asked someone to guide us to a hotdog stand for our evening meal, then it was off to a nearby pub for some local drinks and atmosphere. Eventually, with help, we walked to a subway station and slowly returned to our small guesthouse in the heart of Chinatown. The following day, we relaxed before meeting up with a Greek-Canadian friend in the area of Toronto known as ‘Greektown’. Another nice evening was spent in good hospitality with tasty food in another local pub! The following morning, after a simple journey that became complicated, we eventually made it to the Toronto Bus Station for our Megabus to Niagara Falls, our present location. Tomorrow, Monday, 3rd June, we’re going to investigate Niagara Falls itself! :). Photos coming soon. Thanks for following, Tony :). Don’t forget, first documentary from Ethiopia out this Saturday coming, 8th June, repeated 9th June. So keep watching, listening and following. Thanks and have a great week. Tony :)

Documentary release dates (30th May 2019)

Dear followers and friends. I hope everyone is well. I have great news. The recent documentaries I made with the BBC Travel Show team in Wonderful Ethiopia will be released in June this year. The first of two documentaries will go out on Saturday 8th June, with the second episode to follow a week later, on Saturday 15th June. So keep watching and stayed tuned. I’ll send more info when I have it. It will be available on BBC News 24 and also available, as before, on BBC TV and via the BBC Travel Show facebook and other social media pages. I will also share the links to the episodes when I have the links. So keep following for more details :).

These documentaries will be even more amazing than the previous ones in Jerusalem and Bethlehem! :). Ethiopia is magical and amazing, as you will all soon discover, seen and experienced a different way :). Please continued to talk about and share with all your friends and family and with any strangers, my amazing and humorous travel Ebooks: Seeing The World My Way and Seeing The Americas My Way Available to purchase and download from all Ebook websites. Thanks for following and supporting me. It’s most appreciated. Have a great day, thanks, Tony :)

AT Banter Podcast, Canada (14th May 2019)

In August 2018 Tony was interviewed for the AT Banter Podcast.

Listen here:

Visit the AT Banter Podcast website to find out more.

Blog post / Tony In the Indian Ocean! (1st May 2019)

Dear all, happy May-day. I’m good, relaxing in the small French island of Mayotte, located somewhere in the Indian Ocean! It’s another tropical and humid day here. I arrived from Reunion yesterday evening, only to be greted by warm, tropical rain – such is life for a traveller! I’m relaxing on a nice terrace in a delightful, peaceful Airbnb. No couchsurfers could or wanted to host me, so, Airbnb it is! I’m here until Sunday,

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HeartThreads interview (29th April 2019)

Tony recently did an interview for HeartThreads, an American news story outlet. The interview is syndicated on various US websites, but can only be accessed in North America and not in Europe (other regions to be confirmed). Here is a link to the interview.

They also made this video:

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