Category Archives: 30 Days of Indie Travel

In November of 2011, BootsnAll reached out to readers, challenging them to write a blog post each day of the month. Each day’s prompt asks travelers to write about a certain topic and share with the community. Each week we did a round-up of our favorites.

Week 3 Round Up | 30 Days of Indie Travel

This is part of BootsnAll’s 30 Days of Indie Travel project, a daily blogging challenge with a prompt for every day in November 2011. 

The “Best of” for Week 3

Every week we’ll be gathering some of our favorite posts from the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project. We’re extremely excited that so many people have participated in our project, and the great submissions just keep rolling in. Here are some of our favorite posts from the third week of the Indie 30 Project.

Day 15:  City

I love how everyone took this prompt in a different way. Kat at Celebrating Themeless Discontinuity talks about her favorite city, Tromso, Norway, which is a city I had never heard of before now. Kat has put Tromso on my ever-growing list.

Day 16: Baggage

Angeline discusses how she and her husband travel with as little emotional baggage as possible, always making for fun adventures because of it.

Anthony at Antsaint talks about how stressing over things that are out of your control makes for unnecessary mental baggage on a trip.

Day 17: Passion

Passion has always been a part of Zak’s life, as he discusses in this post at Sparkpunk. Find out what he thinks is the difference between passion and escapism.

Erin Graves writes about how travel and passion go hand in hand with her. “When I think back to some of my major trips there is often a corresponding life-altering moment that came with it.”

Day 18: Budget

Everyone has their priorities when it comes to budgeting during a trip. Erin Hutton has her parents to thank for her budgeting priorities, as she likes to spend money on the “fun stuff.”

Deej at the The World of Deej likes to dream big when beginning his planning, but always seems to rein it in when it comes time to put that credit card down.

Day 19: Spirit

Matt at My World Discovered has felt spiritual connections with many of the places and sites he’s visited, but none more than when he was in Tibet.

Like many of us, Erin at The World Wanderer has struggled with her spirituality throughout her life, but during her travels, specifically when flying, is when she feels “most connected to the universe.”

Day 20: Drink

Everyone threw their two cents in for this popular prompt, and it didn’t all revolve around alcohol. Sara Clark gives a great rundown on how to drink coffee like an Italian while in Italy.

Anthony at Antsaint had his life turned upside down when he moved to Scotland years ago. Now he has a great relationship with one of the most popular drinks in the world – beer.

30 Days of Indie Travel Project: How to Participate

We’re inviting bloggers from around the world (that means you, too!) to join us in a daily blogging effort designed to reflect on how our travel experiences over the last year – or whenever – have shaped us and our view of the world. Bloggers can follow the prompts as strictly or loosely as they like, interpreting them in various ways and responding via text, photos or video posted on their own blogs.

We’ll share some of our favorites via Twitter and Facebook throughout November, as well as a round-up article at the end of the month, so if you’re playing along make sure to let us know – use the #indie30 hashtag on Twitter, and link to the 30 Days of Indie Travelpage in your post so we’ll be able to find it.

Find out all of the 30 Days of Indie Travel blogging prompts so far – it’s never too late to join in the fun!

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A Love Affair with Possibility | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project #indie30

This is part of BootsnAll’s 30 Days of Indie Travel project, a daily blogging challenge with a prompt for every day in November 2011. Check out the prompt at the bottom of this post to find out how you can participate!

I’m going to be perfectly blunt here – tackling the topic of a “special someone” or a “love affair” in a public forum when one is married is… Well, it’s not to be taken lightly, let’s just say that. Prior to meeting my husband, I wasn’t the person who had flings when I traveled, so there’s not even a story from the way-back machine I can call upon. Instead, then, I’m going to write about the very first thing that came to mind when I read today’s prompt. It’s not a person, or a particular instance, but a feeling I think we experience more often when we travel.

It’s a feeling of possibility.

Travel gives us the opportunity to live life differently than we do at home. It invites us to explore other customs, foreign cultures, and those roads we haven’t taken. I do this in a very mundane sense every time I look at a doorway, a window, or a path that leads out of sight. What’s on the other side of that door, or around that corner? I don’t have to find out in order to find the question intriguing – and, in fact, sometimes it’s more fun if I never find out the truth.

Such is the case with those momentary love affairs we have – in our minds – with the people we meet while traveling. Who among us hasn’t locked eyes with someone beautiful on a crowded train or bus, when in a moment that lasts hours you contemplate the possibilites? Who has never had a deep conversation with another traveler passing through and wondered “what if?”

You don’t have to follow a path to find it intriguing.

Can you do this without travel? Of course – but when you’re stuck in a familiar routine, “possibility” doesn’t often enter the equation. It takes something unexpected to wake up our receptors, and I can’t think of a more reliable way to experience the unexpected on a regular basis than by traveling.

Knowing I won’t make a life with that mysterious man on the train doesn’t stop my mind from wandering, nor does it disappoint me. It’s simply the permission to imagine, to give possibility the keys to my brain for awhile, that’s satisfying.

30 Days of Indie Travel Project: How to Participate

We’re inviting bloggers from around the world (that means you, too!) to join us in a daily blogging effort designed to reflect on how our travel experiences over the last year – or whenever – have shaped us and our view of the world. Bloggers can follow the prompts as strictly or loosely as they like, interpreting them in various ways and responding via text, photos or video posted on their own blogs.

We’ll share some of our favorites via Twitter and Facebook throughout November, as well as a round-up article at the end of the month, so if you’re playing along make sure to let us know – use the #indie30 hashtag on Twitter, and link to the 30 Days of Indie Travel page in your post so we’ll be able to find it.

Find out all of the 30 Days of Indie Travel blogging prompts so far – it’s never too late to join in the fun!

Prompt #21: Love Affair

When we travel, our senses are heightened. We feel more alive and we’re more free to do things we might not at home. We can be who we want. There’s an air of urgency to everything we do – we know our time here, in this place, and with these people, is limited. If we want to do something, we have to do it now. It’s no wonder then that many travelers have relationships on the road. Tell us about a “special someone” you met while traveling.

Tools and inspiration: Discover seven places to make love before you die.

photo by garryknight

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“Do you like bourbon?” (AKA How I Met the Sazerac) | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project #indie30

This is part of BootsnAll’s 30 Days of Indie Travel project, a daily blogging challenge with a prompt for every day in November 2011. Check out the prompt at the bottom of this post to find out how you can participate!

My alcohol education began long after college, when my Parisian cousin threatened to disown me from the family for not being a wine drinker. It may go without saying, but I’ve come a long way since then – past dessert wine, cab-merlot blends, and syrupy cocktails, I now find myself a fan of things like gin and bourbon. I don’t often have more than one, especially when I’m traveling, but it’s fun to find unique drinks that give me a strong sense of place.

When I was in New Orleans in early 2011, then, I was thrilled to be introduced to the cocktail long associated with the city: the Sazerac.

I’d had my requisite pre-dinner cocktail at the famed Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone – a much more delightful experience than I’d anticipated, given that it’s on so many must-do lists, and thankfully the bar turns slowly enough that having a gin & tonic without having eaten wasn’t an issue. It hadn’t occured to me to ask the bartender for his cocktail advice, which seems idiotic in retrospect. There are, what, 10? 15? stools at the Carousel Bar, and only half were occupied. The bartender was busily drying glasses when we sat down. I could have struck up a conversation and been served something memorable. Instead, it was a good (if ordinary) G&T, a few spins around, and we were off to dinner.

At dinner, the food was supposed to be the show-stopper. We had taken the streetcar all the way out to where the tracks begin to curl back around to a restaurant called Jacques-Imo’s. On the weekends during the high season, I’m told the wait can be hours. On a weeknight in April, we were seated right away and asked if we wanted drinks. Another G&T would have been easy, but it suddenly seemed boring in this quirky old house-turned-restaurant.

“Yes, I do want a drink,” I said, “I just don’t know what.”

“Have you had a Sazerac yet?” asked the friendly waiter without hesitating.

“I have not,” I replied, intrigued as much by the letter Z in the middle of the word as by the drink itself. “What’s in it?”

“Well, do you like bourbon?” he asked.

Those were magic words, and I suspect you know how I answered that question.

He may have told me what was in the drink before he brought it to my table, but I honestly don’t remember. All I remember now is that it was a short glass, very cold and sweating in the southern humidity, half-filled with an amber liquid and a few cubes of ice. It tasted of anise, and I loved it instantly. When the waiter returned to see how I liked it, he told us the Sazerac is New Orleans’ official cocktail – far older than the hurricanes drunken revelers now carry around Bourbon Street in 3-foot-tall glasses like they’ve just walked off the Vegas Strip, and (obviously) far more sophisticated.

Consulting the interwebs today, I read that a typical Sazerac is made with cognac, rye whiskey, absinthe or Herbsaint, and Peychaud’s Bitters, and that it dates back to the 1850s. There are multiple stories about where it was first made, and New Orleans only features in one of those, but in 2008 the Louisiana state legislature named the Sazerac the official cocktail of New Orleans.

What’s in the drink and where it was first made are, however, less important to me than my memory of how I first experienced it. Dinner that night was good, to be sure, but I’m especially thankful for my moment of indecision when a simple question like “do you like bourbon?” had such wonderful consequences.

Come to think of it, I should really thank cousin Pierre for that not-so-veiled threat so many years ago…

30 Days of Indie Travel Project: How to Participate

We’re inviting bloggers from around the world (that means you, too!) to join us in a daily blogging effort designed to reflect on how our travel experiences over the last year – or whenever – have shaped us and our view of the world. Bloggers can follow the prompts as strictly or loosely as they like, interpreting them in various ways and responding via text, photos or video posted on their own blogs.

We’ll share some of our favorites via Twitter and Facebook throughout November, as well as a round-up article at the end of the month, so if you’re playing along make sure to let us know – use the #indie30 hashtag on Twitter, and link to the 30 Days of Indie Travel page in your post so we’ll be able to find it.

Find out all of the 30 Days of Indie Travel blogging prompts so far – it’s never too late to join in the fun!

Prompt #20: Drink

Just as the cuisine of a place reveals clues about its culture and history, so does its signature local drink. What’s the best drink you had on the road, and did the drink have any connection to the place where you drank it or the people you drank with?

Tools and inspiration: Check out some local drinks to taste around the world.

photos, top to bottom, by: quinn.anya, smoorenburg

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