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.

 
Moving to Canada
Moving to Canada Jennifer Hough and her partner traded in their jobs in Ireland and moved to Toronto, but not before spending two glorious months crossing the great continent. Be inspired by their journey.
A Long Way Around to Living the Life You Want to Live
A Long Way Around to Living the Life You Want to Live Recovering tax attorney Amber Hoffman shares how she moved from talking tax to talking travel as she continues to search for her authentic self.
Volunteering in Rural India
Volunteering in Rural India 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!
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 a Career Break Can Change Your Life
How a Career Break Can Change Your Life People take career break trips for all different reasons. Adam Seper tells his story of how his career break gave him the confidence to go down a career path that he didn't know was a possibility.
From Italy to China: A Leap of Faith in the Mouth of the Dragon
From Italy to China: A Leap of Faith in the Mouth of the Dragon For Marco Ferrarese, trading a life in Italy for a punk rock musical dream in the USA was the start of an unpredictable back route to a new beginning in exotic Asia.
On Their Own Turf: How My Students Became My Teachers in France
On Their Own Turf: How My Students Became My Teachers in France When Sara Whitestone travels to France, she finds herself in a unique role reversal, becoming the student of those she once taught.
Slow Down and Stop to Smell the Daffodils
Slow Down and Stop to Smell the Daffodils Sometimes life has a way of getting in the way of the important things. Luckily for Cristina Puscas, she realized the source of her unhappiness and made travel a priority again.
Getting Your Boots Dirty: How Volunteering in Africa Changed Me
Getting Your Boots Dirty: 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.
From Cubicle to Coffee Shop – How Living in Santiago, Chile Changed Me
From Cubicle to Coffee Shop – How Living in Santiago, Chile Changed Me So many people dream of living abroad, but not everyone has the courage to take the risk. Find out what happens when Cathy Dean jumps into a new life in Santiago, Chile.