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.

 
The Aimless Twenty-Something Life: A Postgrad’s Tale of Travel & Taking Control
The Aimless Twenty-Something Life: A Postgrad’s Tale of Travel & Taking Control Forget a career break -- what if your career hasn't even started? Michael Fraiman writes about the primal decision facing every aimless twentysomething graduate: jump-start your career or run away?
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.
The 109th Country
The 109th Country On a 2nd class train from Bulgaria to Serbia, William Blomstedt is surprised to meet a 82 year old man from Georgia, USA traveling by himself. Little did he realize that this encounter would change the course of his trip.
From Corporate Tool To Nomadic Idealist
From Corporate Tool To Nomadic Idealist 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.
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.
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!
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.