This following post is especially for backpackers. Actually, it is aimed at want-to-be backpackers!
A lot of people dream of travel and adventure but never seem to get around to it. They can come up with the most spurious excuses that prevent them from fulfilling their dreams – perhaps even their destinies.
There has been a book on travel published in the UK they should consider reading. It was written by none other than our old friend “Tony the Tiger”.*
It tells of the adventures of a young man who has stayed at our hostel in Toronto on several occasions and made all of us a little richer for having met him.
Tony (the Tiger) Giles is a backpacker who has explored this planet north to south, east to west and has visited all 50 United States; all 10 Canadian Provinces and 2 of our 3 Territories!
He has managed to set foot on every continent but Antarctica and participate in daring events like wilderness hiking, jet-skiing and bungee jumping, to name but a few.
So what, you ask?
His travels and adventures are only exceedingly impressive when you learn that this adventurous soul has accomplished so much in the face of the most extreme physical difficulties.
The legendary “Tiger” has for more than a decade, traveled solo and unaided even though he is blind and 80% deaf.
In a word, he is, quite simply, unstoppable.
If there are horizons you have dreamed of following but have always found impediments (real and imagined) that have prevented you from fulfiling your goals; you should read Tony’s travel book for inspiration.
The moral of his story is that Tony is living proof that almost no obstacle is so great it cannot be overcome.
* “Tony the Tiger” is the name we gave him. He calls himself simply: “Tony the Traveller” (sic).
His website is: www.tony the traveller.com
(Search the Canadiana Blog for “Tony the Tiger” to read of some of his past “adventures” with us.)
Tony’s first book to be published in October! (2010)
Seeing The World My Way
A totally blind and partially deaf guy’s global adventures by Tony Giles.
This is about my early travels through the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam and Thailand.
A diary-book of my unique way of viewing the world without sight and through mostly hands on experiences and the people I encountered. The book contains basic history and geography of the countries visited while mainly concentrating on an adventurous story of drink and adrenalin activities.
in October 2010. Price £8.99. ISBN 978-1-906236-38-0.