30 Days of Indie Travel Travel Articles

 
Week 3 Round Up | 30 Days of Indie Travel
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 […]
A Love Affair with Possibility | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project #indie30
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? […]
“Do you like bourbon?” (AKA How I Met the Sazerac) | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project #indie30
“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. […]
A Stillness in the Air | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project #indie30
A Stillness in the Air | 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! Nevermind that I don’t believe in God – I love visiting churches when I travel. In many places, they’re buildings full of as much history and art as religion, and I have immense respect for builders whose devotion to their version of the divine led to such masterpieces. It wasn’t in a church that I have felt the greatest sense of spirituality, however. It wasn’t even in a building. I was a mere passenger on that trip. It was my mother’s adventure, borne of a desire to go to the native ruins on the Haida Gwaii after seeing pictures in a book more than 25 years earlier, and I was just happy to have been invited. I knew little about our destination, other than the archipelago was off the northern coast of British Columbia and home to some very remote ancient village sites, and neglected to do much in the way of research before we left. But no amount of research could have prepared me for how the air would feel on the Haida Gwaii. There is a stillness […]
Where Does My Money Go? #indie30
Where Does My Money Go? #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! “It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.” –George W. Bush Everyone has slightly different priorities when it comes to travel budgets and expenses. Personally, I like to save on accommodation, and I’m willing to pay more for food or splurging on a cool experience. I’m also a notorious cheapskate when it comes to things I feel should be cheap or free. Other than your initial flight, the largest expense while traveling is usually accommodation, but when the purpose of traveling is to explore and experience a new place, the last thing I want to spend a ton of money on is where I’ll be sleeping. Cheapskate confessions: I made my own fresh-squeezed orange juice on my transatlantic cruise from Barcelona back to the states (with a knife, spoon, bowl, cup, and a mountain of free oranges they provide on the boat). On the same boat, I did my own laundry in the tiny little sink and hung my clothesline criss-crossed across my tiny little cabin. I’ve slept in several airports to save $ on […]
Baggage | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project
Baggage | 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! I finally started traveling lightly during a trip to New York City last year for New Year’s Eve. Despite the frigid temperatures and blizzard that just came through the region, I managed to make it to the Big Apple with just a carry-on, and I haven’t looked back since. I vowed then and there to NEVER check a bag again, and I was proud to make that happen on a 16 day trip to Europe this past fall. But anyone can pack lightly when they really try. There are oodles of tips out there for the light traveler, so I won’t bore you with why I think it’s unnecessary to bring that second pair of pants, all those just-in-case items, or that huge hair dryer. When I first saw this prompt, my mind immediately went to the physical part of baggage, but then I started to dig a little deeper. I started to think of the mental aspect of the word baggage. And I suddenly realized why it is that I truly love to travel. No matter what kind of trip […]
Week 2 Round Up | 30 Days of Indie Travel
Week 2 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 2 Every week we’ll be gathering some of our favorite posts from the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project. This week the great submissions kept coming in, with even more people joining in project! Here are some of our favorite posts from the first 6 days of the Indie 30 Project. Day 7:  Celebrate Joining in the local celebration can definitely open a new window into the culture of a place….and sometimes that means making yourself a little uncomfortable, as Zak at Sparkpunk found during a Croatian dinner. Day 8:  Love Learning  Some people stop traveling when they have kids. Anthony and Jodie say the baby they’re expecting will be a reason to do more, so their child will grow up to love learning and exploring the world. Life-changing travel and learning can happen without venturing far from home, as Erin learned this year. When you travel with kids, says 500 Places with Kids, the world is their classroom. Day 9: One Day  Sometimes nothing big has to happen for day to be memorable. As YQ Traveling shows, a day of little perfect moments can add up to one perfect day. “What makes a […]
An Ode to Portland #indie30
An Ode to Portland #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! “Is there anything, apart from a really good chocolate cream pie and receiving a large unexpected cheque in the post, to beat finding yourself at large in a foreign city on a fair spring evening, loafing along unfamiliar streets in the long shadows of a lazy sunset, pausing to gaze in shop windows or at some church or lovely square or tranquil stretch of quayside, hesitating at street corners to decide whether that cheerful and homy restaurant you will remember fondly for years is likely to lie down this street or that one? I just love it. I could spend my life arriving each evening in a new city.” –Bill Bryson My favorite city in the world is Portland, Oregon.  Wherever I go, if I stay long enough, I get a crazy longing to be back in the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, when I landed in Christchurch, New Zealand after traveling for a two months of my RTW trip, I felt like I had landed at PDX… it was drizzly, everyone was wearing fleece jackets, drinking coffee, and I […]
In So Many Words | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project #indie30
In So Many Words | 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! Motivation is a funny thing. As personal as it is, each of us needs some kind of carrot to keep moving toward a goal – especially if it’s a challenging one. Travel goals, when they’re not challenging in and of themselves, are often the reward for doing something we’d rather not do (like, umm, working). The right set of words can be the carrot that keeps you pointed in the right direction. Some may stick a photograph of a beach on their bulletin board to remind them of an upcoming vacation, and some may get a clearer mental image from a particular phrase. For today’s 30 Days of Indie Travel prompt, “Quote,” I’m sharing not just some of my favorite travel quotes but also some submitted by other BootsnAll staffers, gathered (loosely) into three categories. I’m a quote-a-holic, so I couldn’t post just one. I hope at least one of these resonates with you – and if not, I hope you’ll share the one that does. Going Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things […]
Friends for Life | 30 Days of Indie Travel Project
Friends for 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! Once you reach the age of 30, making new friends becomes increasingly more difficult, particularly if you live in the same city you grew up in. Your group of friends by this time is pretty set. Luckily travel gives people the opportunity, no matter what age, to meet new people and establish friendships that can last a lifetime. We have it pretty easy these days. With the internet, Facebook, Twitter, and any number of other social media sites, it’s extremely easy to keep in touch with people from all over the world, so even if you meet and connect with someone while traveling, that relationship doesn’t have to end once you part ways. Avid travelers meet other people on a daily basis, and friendships and relationships come and go. But there are those times when an encounter in a foreign land lasts forever, and we were lucky enough to have two such meetings during our year-long RTW trip. There are certain times when you just connect with people, and you usually realize it quickly. Our first meeting with Nate […]