Jesse Billauer, a top-ranked competitive surfer while in his teens, experienced a wipeout while out on the waves that resulted in a spinal cord injury and the need for a wheelchair. He still surfs, though, but this time as an adaptive sport using equipment tailored to his needs.

In 2019, Chase and Marriott invited him to join Wheel the World, a company that specializes in adaptive travel, on a trip to Machu Picchu.

Billauer shares his journey in the premiere episode Let’s Go Together, Travel + Leisure‘s new podcast. Read more about it here.