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.

 
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.
You Never Know Unless You Go
You Never Know Unless You Go At 30-years-old, we may think we have it all figured out, but Nina Klemm went through a transformation that had her questioning what she was doing with her life. A year in Australia changed both her perspective and priorities.
Getting Outside The Box: One Family’s Journey to Full Time Travel
Getting Outside The Box: One Family’s Journey to Full Time Travel Jennifer Miller and her family are in year six of an open-ended world tour. As you are reading this, they are homeless yet again as they work their way toward Thailand with backpacks. Ever wonder how that kind of life happens? Grab a cup of coffee, we'll tell ya.
Why You Should Forgo the American Dream and Let Travel Transform Your Life
Why You Should Forgo the American Dream and Let Travel Transform Your Life Too many people unquestioningly pursue the path that society has prescribed - school, career, mortgage, retirement. Rachel Denning will convince you that travel provides a more satisfying alternative.
Facing Death: Why One Man Travels to Embrace Life
Facing Death: Why One Man Travels to Embrace Life In November 2012, Tristan Cano was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Though the operation and radiation were successful, he was told that it would almost certainly come back. With a new outlook on life, Tristan decided to grab life by the horns and start living.
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.
Travel Breeds Self-Confidence
Travel Breeds Self-Confidence Yamuna Matheswaran finds that essential, elusive ingredient that she has been searching for, when she follows through on an impulsive decision to backpack through Spain.