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The First Trip

I’m Kevin McLaughlin.  A journalist born in Derry, Northern Ireland.  I’ve spent most of my working life with the BBC and working with digital mobile and web content in the UK.

I’ve always been a bit of an explorer and really loved to push my own personal boundaries, so after leaving my role in telecoms I decided to embark on a project to write a book about my unique experiences as a visually impaired traveler going around the world.  What would I experience?  How might it differ from someone with full vision?  What would I see that they may miss?  There was only one way to find out.

The adventure to find the answers to these question began on the 1st March 2010 when I took a flight from London to New York to start almost 6 months of travel which took me to 12 countries around the globe.

The project was entirely self funded.  To find out more about what happened read my forthcoming book “Blindly Going Who Knows Where?”.

Since the end of the ‘First Trip’ I’ve been around the world again for my second trip for a year which is covered in the blogs on this site. I’ve also done some extensive travels across Europe staying in an additional 26 countries overnight I had never visited before 2012.

The adventures will continue and I plan to do a lot more travel when I’ve managed to do some more work and save the necessary funds. At the moment I am busy working in New Zealand trying to decide what direction I want my life to go in.

If you’re planning your own trip why not tell me about it. Even better if you’ve got a blog and want us to link to your travel adventure. Just get in touch and tell me what you’re doing and what inspired you to take your trip.

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