Long-Term Travel Difficulties – #RTWChat on Twitter

While your friends and families might have visions of you sitting on a beach chair all day for a year with cocktail in hand, those who have taken long-term trips before know it’s not all about beaches, drinks with umbrellas in them, and rest and relaxation for the duration of your trip.

Believe it or not, long-term travel has plenty of challenges and difficulties, but those are all part of the fun (at least looking back at them) and learning.

During yesterday’s #RTWChat, we talked about the less glamorous parts of long-term travel. Check out the recap below to re-live it or see what you missed!

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Indie release notes for 7 November 2013

We haven’t posted an update recently because we’ve been focused on improving our internal processes to handle the higher volume of orders we’re experiencing and also expecting in the new year. Below are some updates from this week.

We updated our maps to load faster.

Searches are now about 10% faster. We optimized how search results are inserted in our database; this also allows each server to handle more searches concurrently.

Indie works on more touch-screen devices like smartphones and tablets and those devices in between. We updated our “responsive design” technology to support much smaller screens. Also, the tables with flight details should look better on small screens.

We now accept the Discover card for your purchases in addition to Visa, Mastercard, American Express and wire transfers.

We added and corrected a few airports: IUE, ANU, SCQ and SVD.

We put our phone number at the bottom of each page on Indie so you can call us when you need us.

We made our system more stable and scalable. We completed preparations to update our server configuration for 2 big improvements that you’ll probably never notice. One is to eliminate single-points of failure, so that if any server goes down, our systems will continue to run without downtime. Two is to support automatic creation of new web servers during times of high traffic to handle the new traffic smoothly. We are using Scalr to help with this.

 

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Money and Long-Term Travel – #RTWChat on Twitter

Ahhh, money. The oft-cited reason that people can’t travel.

“It’s too expensive. I don’t make enough.”

We heard this reason all the time for why people can’t travel, but the reality of the situation is that you can afford it. #RTWChat focused on the money side of long-term travel, and if you’re one of those dreamers out there who thinks they’ll never be able to afford a big trip, you may want to read on. Here are some of our most popular money related articles, followed by the #RTWChat recap, which is chock full of great tips and advice. Enjoy!

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Long Term Travel Planning – #RTWChat on Twitter

Helping folks plan a long-term trip is what we’ve been doing for 15 years now, and one of the coolest parts of being in this community is picking the brains of other long-term travelers.

Yesterday’s #RTWChat was all about long-term travel planning, and boy did we get some amazing tips and advice from everyone who participated. So if you’re on the fence about taking a big trip, if you’re knee deep in planning, or even if you’re a RTW veteran who just loves travel, check out the recap below.

Here are some of our top resources for helping you plan your big trip:

  • Plan Your RTW Trip in 30 Days – a free 30 day email program that walks you through the steps of planning a big trip (we also have a Family version and a version for Career Breakers)
  • Indie - a multi-stop flight booking engine that allows you to search, price, and book multi-stop trips – no rules, no restrictions.
  • Around the World Airfare Report – this free 32-page report researched what ticket providers are cheapest for various multi-stop routes, with six sample routes searched and 261 prices checked.

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