Independent Travel For The Blind And Visually Impaired – The Blind Life

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  1. When I traveled alone in Europe, the guide books all recommended backpacks with hip straps so that's what I used. I found them super easy to manage with both hands free for holding a cane and having hands free if I needed to open a door or hold a railing. I just carried a soft sided duffel to put around the backpack if I needed to check it. I also carried a "bum bag" in the front so I had magnifier, monocular, maps and whatnot right handy. I read for security, keep your passport hidden inside under your shirt, I had a carry strap and an extra $40 for "emergencies." This was before pay as you go phones were handy, if I went today, I would get one of those for foreign travel. I'm not sure if it works, but I think google maps can also help you find your way around airports too. Like you could pin where you are and have it guide you with the walking setting on.

  2. I do all of these things when traveling, with varying degrees of stress involved. Depending on the airport, when I explicitly tell the staff just what type of assistance I need, I’ve had a few act as if one, I’m a child or two, am legally insane, and after a five hour flight, they’re probably right to assume the second one, but in all seriousness air travel is very stressful to me.
    Preboarding is awesome! Being jostled and manhandled doesn’t work out well for anyone.
    I know many blind people who refuse assistance at the airport of any kind and look down on those who accept it. To each their own, but don’t knock someone for doing what works for them.

  3. A couple of things I used to never want a wheelchair when they offered it to me but I always take it now. I thank a wheel chair makes life so much easier especially if you travel internationally and you got to go through immigration that’s great. I also do what you do with the yellow Velcro strip on the handle on your luggage I think that’s is also great to identify your luggage but in addition to that I take a picture of my luggage on my iPhone for whomever is helping me find it that has worked out nicely

  4. What I do when it comes to luggage is I use Emoji stickers and I place them on the sides the front and the back of my luggage so that's when I'm at the airport and someone is asking if they can help me find my luggage coming off the camera sound I just told him to look for the bag covered in emoji stickers they're really cheap on Amazon and if you use enough of them even if some fall off. Are plenty that are still on the bag and the people at the airport who were helping me thought that it was one of the most ingenious ideas they had seen in a long time

    But I also definitely like your yellow velcro handle idea 😁👍

  5. Good video. My wife would cheerfully shoot me with my own gun if I ever traveled without her LOL! We recently went to NYC on Amtrack. The people were very helpful. Times Square and the surrounding aria were simple to navigate and we were able to find anything we wanted once I figured the layout. She said she'd never live it down that her partially blind Husband was leading her around New York.

  6. This was a great video! I have never flown on a plane before and I want to go to the NFB convention, so bad! These tips will help if I do end up going. Thank you for the video! XX Chelsey

  7. Awesome video. I have a question, the tips you talked about in the video could they still be implemented even when traveling with a sighted person? I travel a lot with my mom especially if it is by plane due to a phobia of falling because of an accident I had when I was little.

  8. Going on a bus tour in a group for the first time on my own. Funny that you are posting this video now. Sounds like you would do things the same way I would. Good tips! Greetings from The Netherlands.

  9. I fly from Indianapolis to Atlanta to see my aunt and she helped me find my bag by putting bright colored Pipe cleaners on the handles. I also did not know we could pre-bored so thanks for that tip.

  10. Thank you for this!. I am going on my first independant trip in July to the blind convention in Vegas.. I am a little nervous. I have never been anywhere without my wife

  11. Point you to a restaurant? Beyond my imagination on how a person who is totally blind would be able to figure that out! Anyhow I like your videos they are very educational and informative. Thank you very much 🤗

  12. ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you so much for doing this video. My son took his first solo trip last year to Baltimore to the National Federation for the Blind Engineering Camp and it was challenging for him. We are hoping he will again get to go this year which is in Las Vegas. These tips are going to be beneficial for a better experience.
    Thank you for being awesome and sharing your experiences. Garret is finishing his freshman year in college where he knew no one and was 2.5 hours away from family and friends. It has been a very challenging year. Your videos are inspirational in letting others know that they are not alone. Again thank you.

  13. I have never been on a plane. All the travel I have done has been on Greyhound buses and Megabus buses. Yes the white cane is the best tool for letting others know that you are visually impaired. Yes you can put a note on your ticket saying you need assistance, but it may not always be specified.

  14. A lot of awesome and useful information in this video Sam. The company I worked for makes fire suits so I because I was a sewing machine mechanic have an awesome sewing machine at home. I will have my wife so reflective fire suit trim to my bag. That will make it very easy to detect. Great video Once Again Sam.

  15. A lot of awesome and useful information in this video Sam. The company I worked for makes fire suits so I because I was a sewing machine mechanic have an awesome sewing machine at home. I will have my wife so reflective fire suit trim to my bag. That will make it very easy to detect. Great video Once Again Sam.

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