30 Days of Indie Travel Travel Articles

 
A Day in the Life | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project
A Day in the Life | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project 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! Imagine waking up, throwing on swimming trunks, walking outside of your room, turning a corner, and seeing this… Then imagine walking down the one main street in the town and ordering a jugo de frutas mixtas (mixed fruit juice smoothie) and receiving a concoction of fresh, tropical fruits you’ve never heard of. Imagine taking your fresh fruit smoothie breakfast and sitting down on the nearly abandoned beach and taking in the views… Imagine walking down this small beach with crystal clear waters and climbing on and over the rocks to get a better view of this idyllic small little town… Imagine finding the perfect rocks for skipping on this calm, beautiful little bay… Imagine laying your towels down for the day, just mere steps away from the perfect Caribbean waters, flagging down the man selling cups of fresh shrimp and squid, waving for the man selling recently homemade coconut cookies, checking out the various crafts and jewelry being sold by the nicest, not-at-all pushy vendors (non-pushy touts, only in Colombia), and spending the day reading and swimming and relaxing. […]
Love Learning | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project
Love Learning | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project 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! The last two years have been pretty interesting for me when it comes to travel. We arrived back in our hometown of St. Louis a little over two years ago, in October 2009, after a year long RTW trip. That trip changed so much about us – our priorities, our view of the world and the people in it, how we live our daily lives, and how we travel. Only I didn’t realize how much the trip had changed my travel style until we left the country again this past September. Since we returned from our epic journey with no jobs and little money, 2010 was very light when it came to travel. We simply didn’t have the time or money to devote to our one true love. We vowed to make changes in 2011, and nearly two years after returning from our RTW trip, we finally got out of the country again for a 16 day trip to Europe. I have to admit that I was a bit worried about several different aspects of this trip. After traveling […]
Week 1 Round-Up | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project
Week 1 Round-Up | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project 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! The “Best of” for Week 1 Every week we’ll be gathering some of our favorite posts from the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project. The submissions this past week have been fantastic, and we’re excited and ecstatic to see all the enthusiasm. Without further ado, here are some of our favorite posts from the first 6 days of the Indie 30 Project. Day 1: Goals Katie from Katie Going Global had some massive goals for 2011 and 2012. Find out how her life has changed in this past year because of travel. Brooke, who writes for the site Roots and Wings, talks about her travel goals for this past year and moving forward in 2012. Day 2: Embracing Change Jade of Vagabond 3 looks within herself to find the balance between her multiple travel personalities. In one of the most honest posts I’ve read so far, Christina of She Wears Short Shorts talks about how travel not only changed her life, but saved it. Day 3: Music Erin combines music and travel often when on the road, but a […]
New Year’s Eve with Locals | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project
New Year’s Eve with Locals | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project 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! One of the most difficult part of RTW travel is being away from family and friends. When the holidays come around, it makes it even tougher. Spending Christmas and New Year’s Eve away from loved ones, even though we were on the trip of a lifetime, was extremely hard. Even through all our travels, we’ve only spent one Christmas and New Year’s away from our family and friends. And luckily for us, we had a friend of a friend that one time we were away. We spent a month in Buenos Aires in December and January and had a little apartment. It was like home for us after living out of our backpacks for months. We were missing one thing from our home, though: friends and family. Enter Maru. A resident of Buenos Aires, Maru studied in my hometown of St. Louis when we were in high school. She stayed with a good friend of ours during her time in our city, and they kept in touch in the 15 years since. Fortunately for us, we were introduced to […]
Flying Through the Fear | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project
Flying Through the Fear | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project 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! Like many travelers, I have a fear of flying. I developed the fear over time in my mid-20’s. Flying went from a means of travel to a cause of anxiety. Soon the anxiety turned to fear and I found myself in near-hysterics during every take-off, clutching the armrests at the hint of turbulence. Studies show that women are more likely than men to have a fear of flying, and most experience the phobia’s onset in their early 20’s. I can’t speak for the rest of the fearful flyers out there, but I’ve come to realize that much of my fear is rooted in two simple facts. 1) I don’t want to die. And 2) I really, really don’t want to know that I am about to die. The first point is obvious. No one in the prime of their life wants to die. But I think I’ve become more aware of this fact as I’ve aged.  As a teen I was stupidly reckless, but like the rest of my peers, I felt invincible.  As I grew older, fell in love, and […]
Kindness in the Strangest of Places | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project
Kindness in the Strangest of Places | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project 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! India. For anyone who has been there, that one single word probably evokes a myriad of emotions and memories. There really isn’t anywhere like India on this Earth. It’s so many things all at once – chaotic, insane, crowded, smelly, dirty. As you can see, many of the adjectives used to describe India are not very positive. Travelers have a love/hate relationship with India, and I am no different. I’m not going to lie. I had trouble with India. It was far and away the most difficult place I’ve traveled, and much of the time I was wondering why in the world I ever wanted to visit it. All the things I heard were true, and though I was expecting all the hurdles, it didn’t prepare me for what lay ahead. After a few weeks in India, I was miserable. Sure, there were some amazing times, but most seemed to be negated by something less than stellar. For example, the Taj Mahal and Red Fort were some of the most amazing sites I had seen, but the wretched city […]
Regretting the Things You Do Not Do | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project
Regretting the Things You Do Not Do | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project 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! Sophia Loren once said, “Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.” Nadine Stair proclaimed, “If I had my life to live over… I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.” And Peter McWilliams is quoted as saying, “To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes may be the biggest mistake of all.” In my time as a traveler I’ve made a lot of mistakes. There was my very first trip, when I not only packed a giant rolling suitcase for four nights in Dublin, but also thought that since my flight home was at 6am, I didn’t need to book a hostel that night and instead should just plan to stay out until about 2am….on a Sunday….in a country where all the pubs close by 11pm. Once I booked a two hour connection in New York City, not realizing that while my first flight arrived at LaGuardia, my next flight departed from JFK. There was the time I didn’t print a detailed map to my hostel in Barcelona and spent two hours in the cold, […]
Country Roads to Unexpected Places | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project
Country Roads to Unexpected Places | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project 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! Purely by accident, my 2005 trip to Germany coincided with the start of Oktoberfest. The husband and I had planned our route according not to the German holiday schedule, but to our own vacation wish list. That, plus the fact that the husband had a free room in Berlin at the beginning and end of our trip thanks to a trade show he was attending meant that we’d be spending Oktoberfest in Germany – but not in the festival’s famous birthplace of Munich. We’d be in Berlin. For a moment, we considered re-configuring our trip so that we’d be closer to Munich for the big party, but as anyone who has tried to book a last minute room in Munich during Oktoberfest knows, those are either hard to come by or extremely costly. Not being big party animals anyway, we decided to stick to the original plan and see how the Berliners celebrated Oktoberfest. “Lena just invited us to an Oktoberfest party,” the husband said one afternoon at our hotel, after talking to one of the staffers he’d befriended. […]
Embrace Change: Use Your Passport | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project
Embrace Change: Use Your Passport | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project 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! A passport is opportunity. Without embracing that opportunity, however, it’s nothing but a stack of colorful paper glued together. Knowing I have a valid passport at home gives me the kind of freedom to imagine clicking “buy” on that ticket to Paris. It makes me feel like the world really is my proverbial oyster, ready and waiting for me for when I next choose to explore it. Simply having a passport is my invitation to dream, to browse the travel aisles at Powell’s with more than a desire I can’t fulfill, to allow a photograph of a far-off place to introduce me to my next travel destination. But using that passport? Digging it out of its hiding place and presenting it at the airport with an international plane ticket in my pocket? That’s taking the dream by the hand and following where it leads. That’s saying, “Sure, Possibility, I’d love to have lunch with you – I mean, what else do I have going on today?” That’s embracing change, whether change wants the hug or not. It is possible, […]