Once in a while, you have the opportunity to come in contact with someone special who can help you put things into perspective, pull on your heart strings, and breathe an air of hope and possibility into your lungs. Kevin Lowe is one of these amazing souls.
When life hands you lemons, you have to choose if you're going to just exist with the status quo, or perhaps, be brave enough to go for the gusto and live life to its fullest. Kevin, a young, millennial-aged entrepreneur has chosen the latter and we know you'll find his story to be awe-inspiring!
At the age of 17, Kevin's world was turned upside down when he learned that he had a severe brain tumor that without its removal would result in a life expectancy of no more than 6 months. On October 28, 2003, he underwent intensive surgery to remove the tumor which ultimately saved his life, but at a cost no one ever expected: Kevin awoke to a world gone dark. With damage to his optic nerve caused by the tumor, Lowe would be left completely blind. But, with a smile that never goes away and a laugh that is unmistakable, Kevin’s life is as bright as ever.
Residing in the small beachside community of Ormond Beach, Florida, Kevin is clearly a product of his coastal upbringing given his philosophy that no outfit goes wrong with a pair of boat shoes and sunglasses. He has turned one of his greatest joys, traveling, into a career, and is making a name for himself in the travel industry as a leisure Travel Specialist with Groupit Travel.
Kevin will tell you that he reached a point in his life where he was no longer satisfied to just keep existing, but wanted to start thriving and live the life of his dreams. He was no longer okay with allowing his life to be limited by his blindness any longer. “I will always have that hope that I will see again one day, but I came to a point where I decided that I would not allow that hope to keep me from making the most out of today.”
Kevin had been working as a travel agent for a few years before really being able to identify his own unique specialty: sensory and transformational travel. Through his own travels where he would encounter so many people who couldn’t understand why a blind person would go on a cruise or to some gorgeous Caribbean island when they couldn’t see it Kevin recognized a problem. As Kevin relates, “...everyone is so stuck on the visual that they end up missing out on so much more." It took some time, but he gained the ability to recognize life’s beauty from a different view. Kevin believes that "we are blessed with five senses and the ability to see is just one."
Although Kevin may not see the sunshine he can feel it’s heat on his face. While he may not see the ocean’s waves, but he can taste the salt in the air as the waves crash onto shore. Despite not seeing the sea gulls flying overhead, he can hear as they crow. And, while he may not see the white sandy beach, he loves the tactile experience of feeling the gritty sand in between his toes. (Want to hear how Kevin "sees" a babbling brook? Watch the quick video!)
It is this unique perspective that has enabled Kevin to be such an invaluable partner to his clients. He will be the first to tell you that he doesn’t book vacations; he creates one-of-a-kind travel experiences aimed at giving his clients the ability to use all of their senses to become fully immersed in their destination. With the philosophy that no one should ever return from a vacation as the same person they were when they left, Kevin’s primary goal is to equip his clients with the resources they need to enhance their senses and to ultimately leave them feeling transformed coupled with memories that will never leave their hearts.
Kevin urges everyone to allow themselves to take just a moment every once in a while to just stop, and be still. Allow yourself the opportunity to recognize the beauty that surrounds you in whatever form it may present itself. And most importantly, do not allow your life to be dictated by the lemons you are handed as there is always a way to keep thriving in life, even if it may be in a way you had never imagined before.
Working with Kevin Lowe
Kevin Lowe is a Sensory and Transformational Travel Specialist as well as a Certified Destination Weddings, Honeymoons & Romance Travel Specialist. If you would like to embark on a journey that will change your life forever, please contact him here.
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