Category Archives: 2012 Indie Travel Challenge

In 2012, BootsnAll challenged our readers to write a blog post every week based on a prompt of our choice. Even if you missed out on the live version, if you’re just getting started blogging, you can find some great ideas on topics to write about.

Indie Travel: This Week on BootsnAll

At BootsnAll, we aim to be your “one-stop indie travel guide.” We see indie travel as not just “independent travel” in the sense of going without a tour guide; to us, it’s so much more.  To us, being an indie traveler isn’t determined by how much you spend, how long you travel, or where you go. We think it’s a way of travel, a way of looking at the world, and a way of interacting with your surroundings no matter where you are.

So this week, we’re talking more about indie travel – what it means to us, and what indie travel values you can apply to your own experiences. We’ll start with  a look at BootsnAll’s core values, values we think indie travelers will also love. We’ll offer some tips for those new to hitchhiking, and end the week with a fun look at some indie travel “math” – challenging some of the standard travel equations.

Week two of the Indie Travel Challenge 2012 is also about indie travel, and we want to hear what it means to you.

We think you can be an indie traveler if you’re trekking through the Amazon, if you’re relaxing on a beach in Mexico, or if you’re wandering the streets of Berlin. We think you can be an indie traveler without even leaving your hometown – as long as you’re challenging yourself and your assumptions about the world, learning about people or a place different than your own, and seeking out experiences that help you better understand the local culture.

What do you think? Are you an indie traveler? What do you think makes someone an indie traveler?

The Indie Travel Challenge is a year-long blogging project. Every Monday, we’ll post a new prompt, question, or challenge that bloggers can respond to via text, photos, or video. Respond on your own blog, and link back to BootsnAll so we can find and highlight the best submissions. 

This week, we have a new landing page for all information related to the event. You can see the week’s daily prompt, follow the hashtag on twitter, share your posts, and check out submissions from around the world. 

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Photo by: Bohari Adventures

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This Week on BootsnAll: Planning for 2012

Happy New Year! We hope your 2011 was full of meaningful connections, working and playing with passion, embracing change and learning about yourself and the world. And we hope the coming year bring you even more amazing indie travel experiences.

This week, we’re kicking off the new year with a week dedicated to planning. We’ll suggest some great travel resolutions to inspire you to get out and go, and help you cope when you’re in between planning trips.

We’re also kicking off a new weekly event, called the Indie Travel Challenge, that will last for all of 2012! If you enjoyed participating in or reading the responses to our 30 Days of Indie Travel project, you’ll love what we have in store for you this year.

Rather than doing a prompt every day, we’ll post a prompt, question, or challenge (are you up for it?) every week for all of 2012! Similarly to the 30 Days of Indie Travel, we’ll ask you to respond to the prompt on your own blog, and link back to BootsnAll so we can find and highlight the best submissions.

For the very first week, we’re talking resolutions!

Many of us use the New Year as a time to make resolutions that we think will improve our lives. We plan to eat better, spend less, call our parents regularly, travel more.  But rarely do we achieve these goals, because they’re too vague. We don’t have a plan on how to achieve them and so we forget about them by February.

This year, let’s not just resolve to “travel more” let’s resolve to have amazing indie travel experiences. Resolve to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat. Resolve to walk on a glacier in Patagonia. Resolve to eat your weight in cheese in Provence. Resolve to dance the tango in Buenos Aires. Resolve to seek out experiences that immerse you into a new culture, challenge your beliefs, push your comfort zone, delight your senses, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

So we’re issuing a challenge: share with us your indie travel list – part resolutions, part bucket list, the list should help you focus your travel plans so you can take concrete steps to achieve your travel goals this year (and beyond). Put together your list of experiences you want to have this year and link it back to our list of travel resolutions to keep (you can also add a link here, or share it on twitter with the hashtag #indie2012 so we can share it with the community).  At the end of the month, we’ll use your ideas in a mega-list of amazing experiences to inspire travelers from around the world!

Photo by Katura Stickann
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