13 May 2019
Award-winning tour operator Traveleyes, now in its 15th year, is the world’s leading provider of inclusive, multi-sensory, worldwide adventures for blind and sighted travellers and is now bringing the chance to travel to a younger visually impaired and sighted audience.
Traveleyes was founded in 2004 by award-winning entrepreneur and television presenter, Amar Latif (BBC Two’s Travelling Blind & River Walks, Channel 4’s How To Get Fit Fast, Thrifty Ways To Summer Holiday & The Last Leg Goes Down Under) who by the age of 18 had lost 95% of his sight. After being rejected by mainstream travel companies as a solo blind traveller, Amar established Traveleyes to allow blind and visually impaired (VI) people from all over the globe to explore the world with freedom and independence. With dedicated in-house products, business development, marketing, operations and customer departments, Traveleyes has grown to offer around 65 trips a year, with full city breaks, sun, sea and sand holidays, discovery, and activity holiday programmes all available.
For 2019, Amar and the team at Traveleyes wanted to encourage more younger VI and sighted travellers to explore the world together and have launched their first ever 18-30s holiday. After a lot of market research, Traveleyes discovered that the younger traveller is looking for a destination with culture, diversity, a bit of night life but something off-the-beaten-track. The team at Traveleyes looked at what destination could offer all those things and more and announced their first 18-30s trip to Thailand which departs in November 2019!
Now offering the first ever trip where 18-30 year old sighted travellers will guide and describe the world to 18-30 year old VI travellers, this ground breaking trip will build confidence, create friendships, and help both sighted and VI travellers to see the world!
Commenting on Traveleyes’ new trip concept, Amar Latif said:
“We are so excited to be able to offer younger people the chance to experience the Traveleyes concept with their own peer group. The benefit of travel for young VIs is out of this world but for a sighted traveller to experience the world along side a VI traveller is so different to how they would normally travel…it’s mind blowing.
Sighted travellers will experience the world like never before, they will be encouraged to get hands on, speak to more people and really look and evaluate what is around them, because this is how the partnership between a sighted and VI traveller works.”