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Zest: Travelling

Want to escape the daily grind? Fly away to laze about on a beach, or trek through foreign jungles? Backpack through Europe? Join a tour through America? Want to know how to budget for your trip? Organize visas? Maybe you're interested in finding tips, hints and tricks for exploring your local area?

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On this page, you will find handy tips about safe travel, travelling to different places, and find a place to dream with others about reaching your dream destination. Translate those travel dreams to reality!

Procrasti-plan your way to your next adventure, or even to your local shopping centre. Start sharing and asking questions now!


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Casting Call! Accessible travel documentary series by Arts Access Australia, How many countries have you been to?, Need a group of friends to travel


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Want to escape the daily grind? Fly away to laze about on a beach, or trek through foreign jungles? Backpack through Europe? Join a tour through America? Want to know how to budget for your trip? Organize visas? Maybe you're interested in finding tips, hints and tricks for exploring your local area?

The Zest Travelling section is for you!

On this page, you will find handy tips about safe travel, travelling to different places, and find a place to dream with others about reaching your dream destination. Translate those travel dreams to reality!

Procrasti-plan your way to your next adventure, or even to your local shopping centre. Start sharing and asking questions now!


Featured posts

Casting Call! Accessible travel documentary series by Arts Access Australia, How many countries have you been to?, Need a group of friends to travel


Register for Participate Vision Australia here login here

  1. Add your comments to the forums, start a new forum or ask a question below
  2. To suggest content please contact an admin at zest@visionaustralia.org

For one-on-one support on getting around your community or travelling, contact Vision Australia on info@visionaustralia.org or call us on 1300 84 74 66.

*Please note that while we try to ensure the Zest pages have accurate information and resources, Zest is a place for people to share personal experiences and solutions. The information on these pages is not meant to be a substitute for professional assistance or advice.*

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  • Adventures Beyond Barriers #M2K2018

    by Soph123, 5 days ago

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    What if someone told you that you could have an unimaginable load of fun, make the world a better place, and push your own boundaries at the same time? What if someone told you that you could do your bit to shatter stereotype, change perspectives, and clarify misconceptions while breaking personal records and fostering new relationships. 

    Adventures Beyond Barriers Foundation is India‟s leading adventure sports not-for-profit that caters to Persons with Disability as well as able-bodied adventurers. The Foundation works across five verticals including trekking, scuba diving, paragliding, and mountaineering, and facilitates opportunities for people to come together and experience...

    What if someone told you that you could have an unimaginable load of fun, make the world a better place, and push your own boundaries at the same time? What if someone told you that you could do your bit to shatter stereotype, change perspectives, and clarify misconceptions while breaking personal records and fostering new relationships. 

    Adventures Beyond Barriers Foundation is India‟s leading adventure sports not-for-profit that caters to Persons with Disability as well as able-bodied adventurers. The Foundation works across five verticals including trekking, scuba diving, paragliding, and mountaineering, and facilitates opportunities for people to come together and experience the thrill of adventure, independent of disability. Over August 2018, the team is all set to push even higher boundaries. Later this year (August 18th to 30th 2018), ABBF will be facilitating India‟s 2nd inclsuive tandem cycling expedition in the Himalayas, where 5 #M2K2018 tandem pairs (with one blind cyclist each) and 5 amputee solo cyclists will cycle over 500 kilometres from Manali to Khardung La in 11 days. 

    The opportunities are endless. The roughly two weeks in the Himalayas offers cyclists the chance to push the limits of their physical endurance and mental fortitude. It gives them the platform to forge relationships and build empathy, making the world a better place than when they began. At its core, #M2K2018 is the chance for cyclists to discover new perspectives while simultaneously spreading the message of inclusivity and accessibility. If this isn‟t a win-win, what is? 

    #M2K2018 is for YOU!! 

    I am a Sydney based sighted tandem captain looking for adventurous souls within the Vision Australia community to join me in August to raise awareness and break down the barriers! 

    http://adventuresbeyondbarriers.com/m2k2018/


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    What are people's opinions on people  who are blind or double amputees not being allowed to climb Mount Everest anymore? I met the first guy to do it blind in 2001. check out the article for more. Personally I think its a bad decision. Thoughts?

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/30/mount-everest-nepal-ban-blind-people-and-disabled


    What are people's opinions on people  who are blind or double amputees not being allowed to climb Mount Everest anymore? I met the first guy to do it blind in 2001. check out the article for more. Personally I think its a bad decision. Thoughts?

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/30/mount-everest-nepal-ban-blind-people-and-disabled


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    Thought I'd share this. It is an Australian site that allows you to indicate what kind of needs you may have  and find someone to assist based on mutual interest, location, personality. The premise being that support workers aren't forced on anyone and that getting along matters. Check it out. Can help for things like personal care, transport, going out and doing activities in your community like events or even some kind of assistance at home that you may need from time to time.
    https://hireup.com.au/

    Thought I'd share this. It is an Australian site that allows you to indicate what kind of needs you may have  and find someone to assist based on mutual interest, location, personality. The premise being that support workers aren't forced on anyone and that getting along matters. Check it out. Can help for things like personal care, transport, going out and doing activities in your community like events or even some kind of assistance at home that you may need from time to time.
    https://hireup.com.au/

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    I was just curious what people use to get around. I am considering getting a Seeing Eye Dog but I have only ever used a Cane and now a Mini-guide. What do you use and why?

    I was just curious what people use to get around. I am considering getting a Seeing Eye Dog but I have only ever used a Cane and now a Mini-guide. What do you use and why?

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    Tony Giles is completely blind and has set himself a goal of visiting every country in the world on his own. He's already crossed more than 120 off his list! Check out the BBC's story on Tony here.

    How many countries have you been to?

    Tony Giles is completely blind and has set himself a goal of visiting every country in the world on his own. He's already crossed more than 120 off his list! Check out the BBC's story on Tony here.

    How many countries have you been to?

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    Hi

    I have always wanted to go to japan I was wondering if there would be a group of 18 ish who would want to travel with me 

    Hi

    I have always wanted to go to japan I was wondering if there would be a group of 18 ish who would want to travel with me 

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    I thought that it would be a good idea for us VIPs to be able to share some light-hearted travel mishaps. To begin, let me share [one of] mine.


    In July of 2017, I traveled to 11 different countries across Europe for approximately a month. Overall it was a pretty smooth experience. I was travelling with a Top Deck tour for 2 weeks, then I spent the other 2 weeks travelling with my friend.

    As we are all aware, there are two things that VIPs really, really (really) don't like - crowds and night time. Well, it just so happens...

    I thought that it would be a good idea for us VIPs to be able to share some light-hearted travel mishaps. To begin, let me share [one of] mine.


    In July of 2017, I traveled to 11 different countries across Europe for approximately a month. Overall it was a pretty smooth experience. I was travelling with a Top Deck tour for 2 weeks, then I spent the other 2 weeks travelling with my friend.

    As we are all aware, there are two things that VIPs really, really (really) don't like - crowds and night time. Well, it just so happens that whilst I was in Amsterdam, we had an activity in the busiest part of town... at night... in heavy rain.

    I was doing what I always did, I'd find something seemingly unique and easy to see, and follow it. Well, in this case, I chose an umbrella that my friend was using... In a thick ocean of umbrellas. The particular umbrella my friend was holding was purchased about 30 minutes beforehand from a small shop in the vicinity. It just so happens that almost every other person did too. I got separated from out group.

    Being the independent person I am, this wasn't an issue, I knew they were going to come back to the same spot one hour later to see a live show (don't ask too many questions about the show - seriously), so I was going to walk around for a bit to take in the experience.

    Well, this brings me back to my VIP status. I stood fora moment, analysing my surroundings. My eyes focused on the most peculiar thing. There was a large puddle running straight down the middle of this mall. I was going to just cross through it to get to the other side, it was the most direct route after-all. 

    I am so thankful that I looked around at my surroundings. Seriously guys, I nearly walked straight into a f*&!@ing canal! I saw the bridge on the other side of where i was standing. I was so confused, trying to figure out why a country would build a bridge over a puddle.. I swear I was standing there for at least 10 minutes...


    I'd love to hear your stories! Let's list them below!

    - Andy


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  • Ali's journey

    6 months ago

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    A neat news piece. Thought it worth sharing:

    "For Ali Pearce, travel is a part of life. A New Zealander, Ali moved to Australia six years ago and has travelled all over the world to places like South Africa and Thailand.
    When overseas Ali navigates with a white cane.
    Most recently, Ali travelled solo to the UK for a month, and loved almost every minute of it - except for some of the accessibility challenges of the old world.
    “I love the whole experience, everything from packing your suitcase,” Ali says.
    “I’m a big person that asks for help, so...

    A neat news piece. Thought it worth sharing:

    "For Ali Pearce, travel is a part of life. A New Zealander, Ali moved to Australia six years ago and has travelled all over the world to places like South Africa and Thailand.
    When overseas Ali navigates with a white cane.
    Most recently, Ali travelled solo to the UK for a month, and loved almost every minute of it - except for some of the accessibility challenges of the old world.
    “I love the whole experience, everything from packing your suitcase,” Ali says.
    “I’m a big person that asks for help, so I let the airline know I needed assistance beforehand, and from the minute I got to the airport to when they handed me over to my the friends I was staying with in Birmingham, I was looked after.”

    Ali stayed in Birmingham before heading north to Scotland for camping and castles.
    “We went to Alnwick Castle, the Harry Potter castle, which was amazing,” Ali says.

    Because Ali couldn’t see the castles in the same way as other guests, she was given a rare opportunity.
    ”They let me touch the furniture in the castle to get the feeling of what they were like,” Ali says.
    “It was some very old furniture that people aren’t allowed to touch, I was very blessed. They tried to make my experience the best it could be.”

    However, Ali found accessibility in castles, and on the cobblestone streets of Scotland, to be a nightmare.
    “There’s a lot of stairs, no colour contrast, no tactile markings. When you’re on uneven surfaces, if you haven’t got your wits about you, as you are running the cane back and forth it can jolt back into your arm,” she says.

    In Melbourne, Ali uses a Seeing Eye Dog. “By the end of the day, I wasn’t physically exhausted, but I was mentally exhausted, from having to keep my eye on it, so to speak. With a dog you just follow,” Ali says.
    For Ali the highlight of the trip was a U2 concert at Twickenham Stadium in London.
    “It was brilliant. You didn’t need to see anything, you could just feel the electricity in the air from the moment you walked in,” she says.

    When asked what advice Ali had for other travellers who are blind or have low vision, Ali says, “Just do it”.
    “As we get older we get less confident. You see children, they run and laugh and jump and play, but as adults we get fearful. The experience is so worth it, and it builds up your confidence as well,” she says.
    “To hell with the fear – just do it. You’re a long time dead, you know?”


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    Hi there. please see the useful documents heading on the travelling main page that has been  added to. The new file has a list and links to travel companies around the world and tour operators that can be used for independent travel. Happy reading!

    Hi there. please see the useful documents heading on the travelling main page that has been  added to. The new file has a list and links to travel companies around the world and tour operators that can be used for independent travel. Happy reading!

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