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I am feeling the summer sadness. I am supposed to be getting ready for a trip to Alaska right now, but like everyone else I’m stuck at home thinking about travel. My dad used to call it having itchy moccasins – yes, he was Native American. I love to travel near and far and it makes me happy to be able to report back to my readers about my adventures. This isn’t going to be another blog post whining about not being able to travel however, today I’d like to take our time together to talk about how you can help others with your knowledge.
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This website came out of a large curated list of notes I kept when I traveled to new locations. Each time I visited someplace I’d write down the location of the check in desk in the lobby, where the food was and even the bathrooms. This became a cheat sheet for me to use when I visited a location again. After a while, it dawned on me that I had created a list of important information that travel review sites like TripAdvisor don’t offer. Sure, there are travel tips out there for blind and visually impaired travelers, but until now nothing that told me where things are in a property. I took the knowledge I had accumulated after years of travel and created this website, and it continues to grow, and makes me happy to have a platform to share with you.
Since the lockdown and subsequent inability to travel, I have taken time to expand the content here on Blind Travels to include educational materials geared toward those who are fully sighted. A visually impaired person has a unique view of the situation around them, and I am happy to give space here on the site to help those who are fully sighted learn to interact more effectively with those of us who are blind and visually impaired. The new series I have started “Questions with a blind person” gives fully sighted visitors who have questions about being blind a safe place to ask them. I get questions all the time via email and twitter, and love to take time here to answer them here on the site. Being blind is a bit of a mystery to many people and I love that I can offer a space here to answer questions about living daily while visually impaired.
What can you do?
If you are visually impaired, share your knowledge. Write an article, start a blog, or offer to answer questions on social media about being blind or visually impaired. Be aware that you will get some really silly questions and some rude ones too. Have a thick skin and have fun with it. I’d love to offer this space up for guest bloggers. If you are interested in creating a post for this blog that answers a question, or offers a travel tip or review of a destination I would love to share it with my readers. I’m happy to give full credit to the post and links back to your social media, blog or website. If you don’t have a place to post it online, I’m happy to post it here. Follow me on twitter and drop me a message or use the contact form here on Blind Travels. I have found it incredibly rewarding to share knowledge with others.
If you are fully sighted and have questions about the blind community or what it is like to be blind, feel free to drop me a message on Twitter or use the form here. Starting a respectful conversation is the best way for everyone to learn more about each other. It is ok to talk to blind people, it is perfectly acceptable to ask what is it like to… or how do you…
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