One of the reasons we love indie travel is because it changes us. It opens our eyes to a larger world, it teaches us about other people and cultures, and it transforms us into the people we are now. If you are an indie traveler, you no doubt have one (or many) transformational travel experiences to share – come read about how travel has transformed these people. If long-term independent travel changed you, share your story with us.
On a seemingly normal Sunday afternoon, I carried a garbage bag and an empty pizza box out to the dumpster, and without warning a tree limb struck me, breaking my neck. Through my multiple-month recovery, limited to a full back, torso, and neck brace, I lost my job as well as uncovered that my husband had been unfaithful. How do you like them apples? With no showers, no driving, and other medical restrictions, my only allowed physical therapy and solace was walking.
Many people dream of leaving their regular routines to experience travel in far off and exotic lands. Nastaja Ferreira shares her story of realizing this dream and overcoming the hurdles of everyday life to make it happen.
Jonathan Look gave up a comfortable lifestyle and his possessions to enjoy a life of adventure and experience. His new philosophy is, "Why sip life from a straw when you can drink it from a fire hose?"