Travelling gives us the opportunity to push through all kinds of barriers. We test ourselves, we confront our fears and we challenge our boundaries. The obstacles we come across when travelling are personal to every single one of us, we all have our own difficulties and demons and travel gives us the perfect opportunity to confront and overcome these.
Every Contiki travellers has had their own travel journey full of highs and lows – But THESE are the people who take challenging themselves through travel to a whole new level. Forget about the guy who can do a strawpedo in 2 seconds, the last girl standing every night of the trip and the lads lads lads who we’re all about the bus sleeping pranks - These are the real heroes of Contiki 2017. And we got the chance to chat to these four inspirational individuals as they share their journey with us.
Lee Hartley’s Story
Lee is a 30-year-old outdoor enthusiast from Australia, born with Spina bifida. Spina bifida is when a baby’s spinal cord doesn’t develop properly in the womb, causing a gap in the spine. As a result of this condition Lee is confined to a wheelchair. Despite this, he’s determined to live his life to the full with absolutely No Regrets. Lee loves anything which involves adventure: His been skydiving, scaled all sorts of terrain, kayaks and used to sail boats and play wheelchair rugby.
Read Lee’s full interview here.
Mike McHugh’s Story
Mike is a 27-year-old travel junkie from New York, he was born with a disease called arthrogryposis which means he cannot gain any muscle mass below his keens – He may walk on crutches but it doesn’t stop his wanderlust of travelling the world. Mike grew up with parents who didn’t want to let his disability stop him, and with 15 weeks studying abroad in Rome, 6 Contiki trips and 45 countries under his belt, it seems Mike has taken his disability in his stride. He blogs his travel ventures through blog Gimy Globetrotters.
Today, I visited something I only dreamed I'd be able to see – the Great Pyramids of Giza. They are one of the most imposing things I've ever seen & definitely the oldest at 4,500 years old. My high school history class came to life. #gimpyglobetrotter #hoplikeanegyptian #cairo #greatpyramid #giza #ancientegypt #history #pyramid #egypt #city #contiki #contikiegypt #noregrets #adventure #backpacking #backpacker #backpack #instatravel #instajourney #instapassport #journey #jetsetter #lifeoftravel #nomad #travel #vagabond #worldtravel #worldtraveler #wanderlust
Read Mike’s full interview here.
Kyle Le Roux’s Story
Kyle was born in Durban, South Africa. He was the Deputy Head Boy at his School in Amanzimtoti where he loved sports, which he continued into his university life where he studied B Com at university. In 2003 on his way back from a soccer match, Kyle was in a car accident, he died twice but the paramedics manged to resuscitate him. He went on to spend 2 months in intensive card and many more in high care and rehabilitation centres. Kyle sustained a frontal brain injury and his short-term memory was non-existent – Despite these sudden life changing circumstances, Kyle’s parents promised they would send him on a trip once he was ready, and after 14 years of recovering Kyle set off on the Contiki European Whirl trip.
Read Kyle’s full interview here.
Read Lee’s full interview here.