Amar Latif, Blind Adventurer & TV Presenter

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Date Published: 18/04/2023
Duration: 57:01
Season: 9

Today we are joined by the self described blind guy who wants to show you the world, Amar Latif. Due to an incurable eye condition, Amar lost 95% of his sight by the age of 18. Through sheer determination, he has managed to turn a tale of loss, into one of truly inspirational achievement. Amar became known to millions through the groundbreaking BBC series Beyond Boundaries, which followed a group of disabled adventurers trekking 220 miles through Central America. The experience showed Amar that being blind didn’t have to mean never seeing the world, but when he sought to take his adventures further afield he found himself facing rejection after rejection. Conventional travel companies refused to take him as an independent blind traveller, and so Amar set out to establish a company that would.


Determined to travel the world, and to empower thousands of other blind travellers to do the same, Amar founded Traveleyes. Now a world-unique, award-winning tour operator, offering over 70 destinations a year, and providing an innovative way for blind and sighted travellers to explore the world together.


Amar has since worked on numerous tv programmes including River Walks, which recently won a Royal Television Society Award for ‘Best Single Documentary’, Celebrity Masterchef and Travelling Blind, which saw Amar partnered up with comedian Sara Pascoe as they travelled through Turkey together, demonstrating the dynamics of travelling as a sighted and visually impaired duo.


I loved chatting to Amar, his enthusiasm and passion for travel is completely contagious, and he’s one of my best travelled guests, having visited over 100 countries. He takes us from Morocco to Mecca, and from Cuba to Cape Town and much more.


Destination Recap:


  • Blackpool, England
  • Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Medina, Saudi Arabia
  • Canada
  • Lake Titicaca, Peru
  • Nicaragua
  • Havana, Cuba
  • Cienfuegos, Cuba
  • Trinidad City, Cuba
  • Santa Clara, Cuba
  • Varadero, Cuba
  • Algamitas, Andalucia, Spain
  • Atlas Mountains, Morocco
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Japan
  • The Gambia
  • Cornwall, England, UK
  • Masai Mara, Kenya


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