When people get asked about their number one tool they will always take along when packing for a trip, the most mentioned object is: a camera. With commemoration built on visual impressions, it is hard for the human mind to imagine seizing our surroundings, navigating our way around and creating memories that last without the capability of vision.
How does a blind man experience the sun set floating in a hot air balloon? How does walking a small path next to an abyss feel on your soles? How does a rainbow smell? What does reaching the mountain peak sound like?
Traveling with 4/5
At the age of 4, Amar Latif gets diagnosed that by the time he comes of age, he will have lost more than 95% of his eyesight. But instead of him giving in, this stroke of fate only got the ball rolling for Amar. Driven by the urge to explore the world that is presenting itself around him, he decides to not let blindness keep him from traveling. He has 4 perfectly capable senses left and he will expose them to whatever planet earth holds. A first set-out for Canada during his studies is followed by jungle adventures and volcano climbs in Nicaragua, Middle America. Doing so and going through various difficulties of a visually impaired traveler, entrepreneur Amar eventually founds Traveleyes in 2004 – the first company aiming to make individual travel accessible to the blind.