Round the World Wednesday Travel Articles

Every week, on “Round the World Wednesday” we share tips for planning, budgeting and selecting a route, plus advice on where to go and what to see and do all around the world.

The Importance of Optimism
The Importance of Optimism Jenn Miller points out that an optimistic attitude is not something you can order at REI along with your titanium spork and have delivered in a lightweight packing cube to fit nicely alongside your water filter and guidebook. A very few people come by it naturally but, for most of us, it’s an exercise in character development and intentionality. It’s a quality born of adversity and enough miles under our belts, literally and figuratively, to have some perspective on the journey. In short: you’ve got to live through some stuff before you believe you’re going to live through this too.
Why Recent College Grads Should Take Time to Travel
Why Recent College Grads Should Take Time to Travel Just graduated college or graduating soon? Frustrated about job prospects? Isabel Eva Bohrer shares tips on a travel option that you may not have thought of. A RTW trip could enhance your resume and make you stand out to prospective employers.
First-Time Backpacking: What I’ve Learned
First-Time Backpacking: What I’ve Learned Jenn Miller discusses the difference between packing your backpack for the average RTW and packing for an unsupported backpacking trip. She touches on why, most of the time, it doesn't really matter what you pack and why cutting the weight in your pack is less important than taking care of the most important piece of gear you possess.
8 Ways to Cut Costs on Your RTW
8 Ways to Cut Costs on Your RTW When taking any trip - but particularly on a long-term RTW trip - finding ways to cut corners on your spending means the ability to travel longer. The less you spend on flights and accommodation, the more you'll have left for experiences. Adam Seper offers eight ways you can dramatically cuts costs on a long-term trip.
A Dozen Reasons Why
A Dozen Reasons Why Jenn Miller asks another dozen wanderers why they travel. The answers are as interesting and varied as the travelers. Have you answered the big question yet? Why do you travel?
Higher Education For Free?
Higher Education For Free? Jenn Miller has a degree in institutional education and fifteen years of experience in outside the box experience in the alternative education world. She believes travel is a fantastic teacher, that a university degree should be pursued, and that these two dreams are not mutually exclusive. She'll show you how to get high quality education for free and combine your gap year (or two!) with your long range plans for your intellectual education!
Travel: It’s About Personal Transformation
Travel: It’s About Personal Transformation She's said it before, she'll say it again: Travel is not a contest. It’s not a party trick you pull out to increase your winsomeness on a Friday evening in a roomful of strangers. You might have been two years on the road across four continents and if you haven’t learned a damned thing from it then your story matters less than the seventeen year old kid who is one week into her first three week sojourn but who has just had her world rocked forever. Jenn Miller discusses a principle from the Indie Manifesto and examines why personal transformation is the ultimate goal of travel.
Do Things, Not Countries
Do Things, Not Countries Don't tell me you've 'done' Scotland. Why how we speak about the places we've been matters.
A Life Requirement
A Life Requirement What would it look like if an entire town was populated only by people who had some long-term travel under their belts? Jenn Miller takes a whimsical look at what an imaginary intentional community of travelers might look like.
Travel Central America: Honduras to Panama
Travel Central America: Honduras to Panama Central America is such a small slither of land that many indie travelers forget to put it on their travel plan, which is a shame as it has some of the best sights in Latin America. In two parts, Jo Fitzsimons explains how to plan an extended trip in Central America with part 2 covering Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.