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.

 
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.
“Real” Jobs Are Overrated
“Real” Jobs Are Overrated How a trip to Cambodia changed one recent graduate's outlook on life and altered her future.
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.
How Volunteering Changed Me
How Volunteering Changed Me While many travelers to Thailand go to find beautiful beaches and energetic nightlife, Jessica Festa heads to the hills of Chiang Rai to save a village, and find herself.
Downsizing Your Life
Downsizing Your Life How many 'things' do you really need? Meet Jody Hanson, a freelance writer and and editor who can pack all her worldly possessions into one suitcase, a carry-on and a diaper bag.