Traveling the World Blind: An Interview with Dan

Traveling the World Blind: An Interview with Dan

Posted: 9/22/16 | September 22, 2016

The ability to see all the beauty in the world — from a sunset over the mountains to the mist of the cloud forest to the crystal blue waters of Thailand — is something we often take for granted.

Personally, I’ve always wondered what would happen if I were to lose the ability to see it. Would I have the fortitude to carry on? How would I adapt? I mean, I’ve never even sprained a finger!

A few months ago, I received an email from a reader named Tyler, telling me about how he travels with his friend Dan, who is legally blind (he suffers from extremely low vision). I was immediately inspired by Dan’s story. Born sighted, he started going blind in his teens but adapted and didn’t let it stop him from traveling.

The more Dan, Tyler, and I talked, the more I knew this story had to be shared on the blog. Though I recognize the irony in sharing a text-based interview about traveling blind, nonetheless, here is Dan’s inspiring story — and some very wise advice for us all.

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