Given that you have found my website, I am guessing that you like to travel. Maybe you love breathtaking mountain vistas, architectural delights, mouthwatering cuisines or simply soaking up city vibes. Think about everything we take for granted when we travel as a sighted person, and how scary it might be to travel if we actually could not see. Yes, imagine you lived out every day in darkness. Would you still have a travel dream? If you did have a travel dream, would you dare to make it reality?
Let me introduce you to someone who is entirely blind. He DOES have a travel dream and strangely enough, seems willing to put his faith in me (notice I did not use the usual saying there for risk of offence) and allow me to help bring the #MaxRTWChallenge to life.
Introducing the Blind Blogger
One of the joys of blogging is that sometimes you come across other travellers who truly inspire you. I first came across Max and his blog, The Blind Blogger, around a year ago. I signed up to his list, and when an email popped into my inbox, just before Christmas, seeking reviewers for his latest book, I was intrigued. The reasons that motivate a blind person to travel fascinated me.
My travel dreams are heavily inspired by sight. From breathtaking mountain vistas to azure tropical waters, rain-drenched jungle and even the depths of the ocean, all rely on sight. I cannot imagine why I would want to visit them without seeing them.
I would call myself a reasonably daring traveller, but the thought of travelling completely in the dark, entirely relying on strangers, terrifies me.
Reviewing the Blind Blogger’s NYC Adventures
So I jumped at the chance, dropped Max a quick email and before you know it, was in possession of an electronic copy of his book ‘The Blind Blogger’s NYC Adventures‘. Woo hoo! It did not take me long to devour Max’s words and you can read the full review in the post below.
So, what does this have to do with a challenge? Well, Max and I started chatting over email, and before you know it, I was inviting him to come to visit us in stunning Sheffield. Then, that embryo of an idea morphed into something bigger….MUCH BIGGER!
I started wondering what would happen if we could persuade a bunch of travel bloggers, or other lovely trustworthy people, to host Max for a few days at a time, and share different aspects of their city with him.
This would be a great way to illustrate a different facet of each blogger’s home town, but also a fascinating chance for Max to live and breathe the British culture (we may even turn him into a pom!). I ran the idea by Max, and instead of thinking it was bonkers (well maybe he did, but was too polite to say!), he jumped at the chance. Oh dear, clearly we have two crazy asses in the house!
Testing the waters, I put a post on a collaboration thread and was astonished by the response. We had volunteers not just from the UK and Europe, but as far away as Mumbai, Auckland and Canada.
That’s when the idea became reality. The challenge is officially on!
When is this happening?
We anticipate Max will leave his home in Houston on the 20th December and visit us in Sheffield for Christmas. After that, we have no idea about times or destinations. We have to figure it out as we go. As people express an interest, we will be touching base and trying to piece together an itinerary which is sensible.
We have to figure out flights, transfers between destinations and practical things like housing and useful tips for people hosting a blind person. I am clueless, but Max and I have already discussed a little ‘Hosting guide‘ to help the uninitiated.
Do you want to be a part of the #MaxRTWChallenge?
So, do you want to be a part of this challenge? Do you want to experience your city in an entirely different way? Would you be willing to host Max for just a few days, and ensure he gets to his next host? If so, we want to hear from you.
What you need to do
To get involved:
- First, pop your details (only those you are happy for others to see) on the Google Sheets document. You can put details of what you would be willing to do on there or in the comments below.
- Second, please share this post on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Whatsapp…as many places as you can, as we are on a mission to make this the biggest and boldest adventure of Max’s life.
- If you know of anyone who might be willing to support Max and his adventure with flights, train tickets etc, please email me or comment below and I can get in touch. I know I am pushing my luck now, so I will call it a day at three things!
Between us, we have the power to create something amazing, and finish 2018 on a high! The world is in your hands.