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.

 
How Long-Term Travel Can Change You And Your Life (for the better)
How Long-Term Travel Can Change You And Your Life (for the better) BootsnAll Editor Jean Ciolli shares why getting hooked on short-term travel is only the first step and why even though in many ways long-term travel is harder, it's worth the extra effort because of how it makes the traveler grow and change in unexpected ways.
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How We Decided to Road Trip Across Europe in a Self-Built Tiny-Home
How We Decided to Road Trip Across Europe in a Self-Built Tiny-Home Before setting off for nine months of traveling in a self-built tiny home made from an old camper van, Emma Davies looks back at what motivated her and her partner to make such a life-changing decision.
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Searching for Summer
Searching for Summer When all other options have been exhausted, Jenni takes a troubled teen to India in an effort to help her get out of her own way and discover who her own best self is.
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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.
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Pack Your Bags and Go!
Pack Your Bags and Go! How did an ordinary girl from Malaysia travel leave everything behind to travel around the world? Ying Tey was not rich nor extraordinary. Instead, her journey around the world started from the day she was taught to believe in her own dreams.
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One Family’s Journey to Full Time Travel
One Family’s Journey to Full Time Travel Seven years into open-ended world travel, Jenn Miller shares a secret: She never meant to travel long-term. Jenn shares the plans, hard work, and serendipities that transformed their one year journey into an epic adventure of a lifetime.
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There’s Much More to Travel Than Famous Sites
There’s Much More to Travel Than Famous Sites Ever thought you want to volunteer in India or Nepal or Thailand? Ever realize that it might cost you thousands of dollars to do so? Find out how Laura Giliberti solved that problem by creating her own volunteer placement, going for a month to teach English, then ended up starting an NGO!
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Leaving Corporate Life Behind
Leaving Corporate Life Behind Many people quit their job and travel the world, but Adam Pervez quit his job and travels with the goal of leaving each place better than how he found it.
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When You Fall Down, Keep on Walking
When You Fall Down, Keep on Walking 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.
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Trading Divorce for Travel
Trading Divorce for Travel It is well known that a decision to travel the world can be life-altering. Jessica Thompson explains how she and her husband chose a trip around the world in the place of an impending divorce.
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