Friday Friends
Guest Interview Part 2 with
Kerry Kijewski
Blind Woman Sets Her Sight on Travel

Kerry Kijewski enjoying Niagara Falls
Kerry Kijewski enjoying Niagara Falls

1. What are your career goals, Kerry?
I have wanted to be many things throughout my life: artist, librarian, doctor/nurse, psychologist, writer. I want to write, in some form or another. I have blogging dreams for sure, but I know jobs in the field of writing are not easy to come by. I want, someday, to become a travel writer, freelance writer, to own my own business.

2. Where would you like to travel?
I have so much of my own country to explore. I have barely made it out of Ontario and hope to visit both the west coast, the Rockies and out east to the spot of Anne of Green Gables herself: Prince Edward Island.

I want to travel to Hawaii, Mexico, and so many places throughout Europe. I was in Ireland, a place close to my heart, and I must return there again one day. I want to visit Australia and New Zealand too. I know there’s so much out there, waiting for me to discover, at the bottom of the world.

I want to travel to see historic places and spots of great natural beauty.

I think I deserve to see this huge world of ours, just because I can’t see it like most people see it, but this somehow makes what I do experience of the world all that much greater.

I don’t want to just read about these places, but to be up close and personal, to discover things that a book can not quite provide.

3. What, if anything, holds you back from your dreams? 
Pesky realities like money and safety are considerations. I will admit I am still working out the kinks in my travel plans, but I have faith I will find a way. Maybe there is a great guide somewhere out there, just waiting to travel the world with me. Maybe I will discover independence and bravery I never knew I had and venture out on my own.

I know you can spend your whole life making up excuses for why it is impossible. I have to believe things will work out how they were meant to. I will save up money and attend the TBEX (Travel Blogger Expo) to learn from others in the tourism and travel blogging industries. I will travel and write about what I find, whether its in my own back yard or on the other side of the world.

I may go back to school, to study English, writing, or tourism.

4. You seem pretty determined. What have you done to make your dream a reality? 
I started my own travel website. It’s a slow process and I can’t see where it will lead yet. I just needed to take the first step and build a foundation from which to grow my business. We all have to start somewhere and is where I will make my start.

I found someone to build my website, someone to take care of the technical side that I don’t understand. I’m learning to ask for help when I need something. I believe this is an important first step and the hardest for most people to admit they need.

5. Do you have any final words for my readers?
I love to speak and hear from others who have traveled places I have never been. I love to learn what they saw and where they got to.

I believe travel and the world can bring people together and bridge the gap that such a huge world sometimes creates.

I want to develop relationships with travel bloggers and writers who can show me how it’s done, like-minded souls who believe in making our world smaller and more intimate by the way they never stop wandering.

Oh, and right now I have a small trip planned to Ottawa, Canada’s capital. I will travel where and when I can and I will write about it. I can’t promise that I’ll have a lot of pictures in my writing though I know people are drawn to something visual. But I aim to paint a picture with my words.

Please read Kerry’s post about her all-time favorite place, Niagara Falls. If this is any indication of her travel writing, she’s in for a vibrant career and travels!

Kerry Kijewski - writer
Kerry Kijewski – blogger

Kerry is a veracious reader, writer, lover of literature. She has a Certificate of Creative Writing and bigplans for her two blogs. She writes fiction, memoir, essays, interviews, and reviews and she wants to grow her travel blog.

She lives in Ontario, Canada with her literary themed cat and dog: Lumos and Dobby.

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9 thoughts on “Blind Woman Sets Her Sight on Travel

  • February 21, 2015 at 12:13 am

    I am 62 years old. The world has gotten so much smaller (not literally, of course) in those years. The United States has changed so much because of travel, because of the Internet that allows us to travel instantly through cyberspace to communicate effortlessly with each other, and because of many college students studying abroad for a semester. When we travel, we discover that, despite our cultural differences, we are all one race – the human race. And, our “disabilities” should not have to hold any of us back. I wish your guest blogger much success with her travel ambitions.

  • February 21, 2015 at 2:12 am

    So very true. I’m so admiring of her, myself. Kerry reminds me of the younger me that would stop at nothing to travel when I had the opportunity. (Now my family needs me). Her courage is there, and I’m betting that now it has begun to emerge, it will keep coming out! Let me be clear, however, it does take courage to travel, and moreso alone, when someone has limited or no vision. That’s a big unpredictable world out there. But I always say God will make a way where there seems to be no way.

  • February 21, 2015 at 4:47 am

    Hi Alana,

    Thank you for sharing your perspective on travel and the world. I hope I can find my courage because I don’t want to miss any of it and I feel like I have places to see and the whole world to experience.

    I see you’ve posted for #1000Speak and I am now off to read your post for that.

    I have been reading, commenting, and sharing all night long because I believe it is an important cause to be a part of.

    I just took a compassion break to stop by here because I wanted to see if anybody had stopped by Amy’s blog yet today. She is great for hosting me here and thanks so much, again, for reading my thoughts.

    Have a great weekend.


  • February 21, 2015 at 4:52 am

    Thanks, so much Amy, for sharing your blog with me, both last Friday and again today.


    I have enjoyed sharing my thoughts and feelings and hopes and dreams with you and your readers.

    Hope your radio interview went well today.

    Have a great weekend and thanks again.


  • February 21, 2015 at 11:11 am

    How brave, Kerry. I couldn’t even begin to face venturing into unknown countries without my sight. There must be more to experience than just seeing. Your words have shown this. Good wishes for all your hopes and plans.

  • February 21, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Good morning Francene,

    I am not sure how brave I am as I have lots of fears of travel. The world is a huge place and I feel so small sometimes in it, but I am determined to find a way forward.

    Thanks for reading and leaving your thoughts in the comments here today.

    Have a great weekend.


  • February 23, 2015 at 3:00 am

    Hi Kerry,

    I hope all of your travel dreams come true. I read where Niagara Falls is one of your favorite places to visit. I’ve never been there but have always wanted to see them.

    I like this quote from you. “I know people are drawn to something visual. But I aim to paint a picture with my words.” As a poet, I love imagery and believe the prettiest pictures are found in words.


  • February 23, 2015 at 5:29 am

    Hi Matt and Kerry,
    Niagara Falls has a special place in my family because my parents went on their honeymoon there. And also spent their 25th wedding anniversary in a FREE suite there that my brother won. And we, as kids, took a couple of unplanned trips there. We love it! My brother and I even took one of my foreign students to visit it. So glad you had a good experience there, Kerry. 😀
    Matt, you will definitely need to go there, too.

  • February 23, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Hi Matt,

    Thanks for coming, second week in a row, to read my posts.


    Yes, that line is my tag line for my site and I think it sums up my mission statement.

    You definitely need to visit Niagara Falls. There’s just something so magical and inspiring about it.

    Hope you have a great week.


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