“My tour of Italy with Hands On travel was spectacular. I was impressed with our guide, Terry Giansanti’s vast knowledge of Italian history as we toured the Amalfi Coast, Rome including the Vatican City, Tuscany and Venice. I had traveled to Italy in the past with my husband to visit friends there, but I found this trip so much more informative and interesting. The Hands On Tour connected me to the richness of Italy’s culture, art, food and people. I cherish the memories I have from the tour and now have a place in my heart for Italy.”
Thank you for everything you did for us on this trip! I admire your vast knowledge and your ability to create a positive, upbeat tour experience. Until next time!
“What a mind-blowing trip it was! I shall always keep the wonderful experiences close to my heart. With heartfelt thanks to Charles, the trip was very well planned and executed. Nancy Barker was beyond awesome.”
We enjoyed our trip to Australia and New Zealand very much. We like the idea of having local deaf guides in Sydney and Auckland. We also felt like we were locals and self-explorers rather than being tourists. Thanks to Dan for being helpful and spending time with us.
The tour was very well organized and all of us had a great time seeing all the sights. Your keen insight into the history of Italy was exceptional and made this tour a success for our students and staff. The schedule was packed with exciting adventures and everything ran so smooth with the logistics. We will be back!
Thank you for being a wonderful guide and making this trip of a lifetime! You have helped me in my signing and being patient while helping.
“Thank you for a life changing experience. We are truly lucky to have had you as a guide. We have been on a few guided tours before with other companies and we can honestly say this has been the best, both the tours and the culture. You made it so carefree for us all and we were able to experience these amazing cities just as locals would. We will be forever grateful to you for this amazing adventure.”
Thank you for a life changing experience. We are truly lucky to have had you as a guide. We have been on a few guided tours before with other companies and we can honestly say this has been the best, both the tours and the culture. You made it so carefree for us all and we were able to experience these amazing cities just as locals would. We will be forever grateful to you for this amazing adventure.
My first Hands on Travel tour in China and Tibet with Dan Brubaker for three weeks was great and amazing that I had never dreamed of. Dan is the best tour guide that I ever see. I also enjoyed meeting different deaf local people and experiencing good food. I will never forget this tour.
Terry is a deaf American with Italian bloodlines who now lives in Rome, Italy. After graduating from Gallaudet University, he came here in search of “la dolce vita” (the sweet life). In 2002 he established Hands On Travel to share his love of Europe with deaf travelers. His passions are traveling, reading, food, and sports.SEE TERRY'S TOURS
Ronise grew up in East Los Angeles with Mexican/Spanish heritage. Graduated at CSD, Riverside. Lived in Seattle for many years. She lived in Cambodia for the past decade and founded Cambodia Deaf Tours. From there, she joined our team. Her passions are, but not limited to, cooking, outdoor adventures and collectible automobiles.SEE RONISE'S TOURS
Dan has been to 83 countries including Bolivia, Cuba, Morocco, Myanmar, North Korea and Oman. He has also presented at Deaf Youth Leadership Camps in Germany and Thailand as well as team-coordinating an exchange program between two deaf schools in Kentucky, USA and Kamensk, Russia.SEE DAN'S TOURS
Darren was raised in a nomadic family in USA and held many occupations: teacher, actor, photographer, filmmaker, carpenter, chef and more. Of his 60+ countries, his favorites are Japan, Chile; Finland (Suomi). Twice, he was an expat for 8 years in Finland and Cambodia. Darren resides in Tacoma, Washington, with his deaf family, Ronise and Franki.SEE DARREN'S TOURS
Charles manages our finances, taking care of all the small details that cannot be swept under the carpet. He worked at Gallaudet University for many years before retiring to move down southwest where the sun shines much more often. He keeps himself occupied with gardening and traveling.
Martin was raised in Detroit and graduated at Gallaudet University with B.A. in English. Best travel highlight was hitchhiking from Mexico to the southernmost city of South America, Ushuaia. Later, he taught ASL and English in Japan and remains there since 2013. Currently, residing in Tokyo and enjoys studying Japanese as well as exploring every corners in Japan.