Redditor Asked For Travel Recommendations For Visually Impaired & Netizens Did Not Disappoint!

Redditor recently asked for travel recommendations for the visually impaired that aren’t centred around ‘seeing’ stuff and here are some responses.

by Tooba Shaikh
Redditor Asked For Travel Recommendations For Visually Impaired & Netizens Did Not Disappoint!

Who doesn’t love travelling and seeing the world? It is all everyone talks about these days. Have you noticed how often travel experiences are around ‘seeing’ things? This can be alienating for people who are visually impaired and make them feel like travelling just isn’t for people with visual impairments. A Redditor recently asked for travel recommendations for the visually impaired that aren’t centred around ‘seeing’ stuff and here are some responses.

Redditor Asks For Travel Recommendations For Visually Impaired

Travel recommendations for a newly blind person — experiences that weren’t centered around “seeing something”?
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There’s an ableist bias in travel discourse that often escapes the attention of people without disability. It might not seem like a huge deal at first but to those who go through the experience, it can be quite alienating. The bias is that most often, discourse around travel revolves around ‘seeing’ things.

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For people who cannot do so, it can seem disheartening as it makes travelling practically pointless for them. A Redditor took to the platform and asked for travel recommendations that are not centred around seeing things.

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The Redditor said that they know someone who recently lost her eyesight and thinks that she won’t be able to explore the world anymore. Hence, to show that there is a lot more to travel than just seeing things, they wanted some travel recommendations.

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Netizens Give Great Recommendations For Such Travel

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A majority of the people stated that rather than “visual” they would lean into other sensory experiences. Hence, going to Napa Valley to taste wine which involves smelling and tasting. One user even recommended going to listen to some orchestra!

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Another user recommended that she could simply go to the beach. She could smell the sea, feel the sand and water on her skin and have a marvellous time!

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Do you know anyone who is visually impaired and wants to travel? Have you ever given thought to how a majority of the travel discourse presupposes that the traveller is visually abled? What are your thoughts on this topic? Let us know in the comments section below!

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