Transformational Stories Travel Articles

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.

 
Escape the Rat Race
Escape the Rat Race 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.
How Volunteering in Africa Changed Me
How Volunteering in Africa Changed Me Volunteering on a refugee camp in Africa may not be a typical travel choice, but as Josh Martin explains, it's certainly a transformational one.
Travel Made Me Who I Am Today
Travel Made Me Who I Am Today What was meant to be a short road trip with friends changed Miruna Corneanu's life forever and made her who she is today - a traveler.
Giving Up Everything Gained Me the World
Giving Up Everything Gained Me the World 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?"
Round the World Travel – Not Just a One-Time Thing
Round the World Travel – Not Just a One-Time Thing Tired of listening to the world tell you you're too grown up to put your life on hold to travel? Stacey Ebert shares her story of why 'round the world travel doesn't have to be a 'one-time' thing.
Confessions of a Lifestyle Traveller
Confessions of a Lifestyle Traveller Guidebook author and travel writer Samantha Wilson describes her journey to discovering she is a lifestyle traveller, and the ups and downs that life on the road can reveal.
Challenge Yourself and Do Hard Things
Challenge Yourself and Do Hard Things What would you do if you woke up one morning in the middle of an adventure and realized you'd lost everything in a market crash? What are you doing with the precious life you have right now? Jennifer Miller makes a convincing case for the necessity of doing hard things and teaching your kids to too!
From Desk Job to Dream Job
From Desk Job to Dream Job Is it time for a change of scenery and lifestyle? Perhaps you want to experience the world from more than just behind a desk? Learn from Heidi N. Siefkas as she shares her triumphs and challenges in her move away from a desk job to a writer and tour guide through Cuba, Peru, and in 2014 Kauai, New Zealand, and Australia.
Sometimes You Just Need to Go
Sometimes You Just Need to Go Last year I quit my job and left my life in Virginia behind to hit the road. I didn't know what I was trying to achieve, I just knew that I needed to get out and get away--looking back, I was trying to escape from my life.
Travel in India: A Healing Journey
Travel in India: A Healing Journey When I left for a six-month trip to India, back in 2005, I was at the lowest point of my life. Frankly, I felt like I was throwing myself off a cliff. I don't know exactly what I expected about India or the trip, but I don't think I expected a magic carpet to appear.