Incredible Humans

These 4 Contiki travellers are our absolute heroes of 2017

Travelling gives us the opportunity to push through all kinds of barriers. We test ourselves, we confront our fears and we challenge our boundaries.

And none more so than these 4 people - our MVP's of 2017. Who are they are why are they so legendary? Read on to find out...

Lee Hartley

Lee is a 30-year-old outdoor enthusiast from Australia, born with spina bifida, a condition that occurs when a baby’s spinal cord doesn’t develop properly in the womb, causing a gap in the spine to develop. As a result of this condition Lee is confined to a wheelchair but despite this, he’s determined to live his life to the absolute fullest. Lee loves anything which involves adventure: He’s skydived, scaled all sorts of terrain, kayaked and plays wheelchair rugby.

Read Lee’s full story here.

Mike McHugh

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 that hasn’t stopped him from travelling the world. Mike grew up with parents who didn’t want to let his disability get in the way of his ambitions, 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.

Read Mike’s full story here.

Peter McCarthy

Peter is from the UK and was born prematurely, resulting in him being diagnosed with a neurological condition that affects how he walks. Yet despite this, he didn’t want to let his disability get in the way of what he can achieve. His pro skiing skills and travelling wanderlust have most definitely proven Peter to be a guy who can do pretty much anything he sets his mind to. He’s now skiing the black slopes of Austria after just 5 Austria Ski trips and has travelled to 15 countries with Contiki.

Read Peter’s full story here. 


Kyle Le Roux

Kyle was born in Durban, South Africa. He was the Deputy Head Boy at his School in Amanzimtoti; he loved sports and started studying B.Com at university. But in 2003 on his way back from a soccer match, Kyle was in a car accident. He died twice, but the paramedics thankfully managed to resuscitate him.

Kyle went on to spend 2 months in intensive card and many more in high care and rehabilitation centres. He sustained a frontal brain injury and his short-term memory was non-existent, yet 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 Contiki’s European Whirl.

Read Kyle’s story here.


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