One of the most inspiring travellers I have ever met is Tony Giles and soon Tony will walk the Inca Trail.
Tony is inspiring because he is both blind and partially deaf. Yet, this does not stop him from indulging in his passion for travel, and he seems to be perennially on the move.
He’s amazing because he doesn’t fly business class or stay in grand hotels. Tony couch surfs and travels using local transport. He really knows how to travel the rough way. This means he has to put his trust in many people, and his faith in people pays off, because he may have some hair raising encounters but, generally, people do assist him to help him continue his travels.
Every so often I get an email from Tony, telling me about an adventure he is planning. His last email advised me that Tony will walk the Inca Trail to raise money for charity.
This time he is heading to Peru to raise money for a charity that supports blind and partially sighted people in the northwest of England. They’re called Galloways Society for the Blind.
According to Tony, Galloways Society for the Blind do great work supporting people similar to himself and by trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu he’s raising awareness of what blind people can do.
Located in the Andes mountain range, the trail passes through several types of Andean environments including cloud forest and alpine tundra. Settlements, tunnels, and many Incan ruins are located along the trail before ending the terminus at the Sun Gate on Machu Picchu Mountain.
So, I decided to find out more about his proposed trip and arranged to speak to him during my regular Friday night Travel Bug segment on Perth’s Radio 6PR.
As usual, Tony was on the road, this time travelling in Spain.
I caught him as he was sitting in a café waiting for a bus. With me was 6PR presenter Fred Mafrica to join the conversation.
Unfortunately, the line wasn’t the best quality, we even lost him for a while, but, as usual, Tony Giles was always interesting to speak to. Especially, as he told about his adventures in Spain, and of his plans to head for India and Pakistan.
The audio of that conversation is attached below.
If you would like to help support Tony to raise money for a good cause, he has a Go Fund Me page at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TonyGiles1.
One thing that I am certain of is that Tony will walk the Inca Trail successfully. He’s just that sort of guy.