Just over 1 year ago, we ran the #indie30 blogging and sharing month on BootsnAll. We all had so much fun, that we decided to try a weekly Indie Travel Challenge for 2012. When we started the ITC in January, we intended to do it for the whole year. But with 2012 coming to a close soon, and the year anniversary of #indie30, I decided to end it with this blog post. We had a lot of fun with the folks that participated and we are impressed with the folks that stuck with it. It was a challenge for us to run it as well for the whole year! Coming up with ideas, getting them out there, and managing the real entries as well as inevitable spam that can with the mini-site that we built for the ITC. I think that the month long version was more fun, and easier to mentally handle than the year-long idea. It was an ambitious idea and we gave it a good shot. We will probably do a shorter version again in 2013. To wrap it up, I’m going to link to an assortment of participants. Thank-you for playing and sharing! Our Oyster Eat Drink Travel Repeat Erin R. Caughey Destination Unknown Hannah and the World NithinCoca.com AntSaint.com YQ Travelling I’m a Wanderer Going [...]
During the first week of the Indie Travel Challenge we asked you to share your indie travel list for 2012 . Now that we’re about half way through 2012, it’s time to take a look back at what we wrote on those lists! What did you achieve so far? What is something you are proud of? I’ve been keeping a travel resolutions (bucket) list for more than a year now and every January I add more things to it. For 2012 I entered two new countries: Italy and Greece (and hoping to make it back to London too). In March, I spent two weeks visiting Italy (Rome, Vieste and Foggia) and Greece (Athens). They were two of the best weeks of my life. Some of my indie travel experiences included a walking tour of Anafiotika (in Athens) with an amazing artist (and a Greek friend); and walking along the deserted beach in Vieste (Italy) with nothing but the wind and the sound of the waves hitting the shores to keep us company. What travel goals have you met this year? » This week on BootsnAll: Articles you’ll read this week include information on how to have an indie travel experience in Guatemala, a detailed guide on recipes and tips for making cooking on the road fun, cheap and easy, as [...]
At BootsnAll, goals are a part of our company culture. Every quarter we set goals that help focus our efforts, challenge us to try new things, and allow us to do what we do best – inspire people to see the world and give them the tools to do it. So we thought the topic of goals was a fitting one to kick off the 30 Days of Indie Travel project. Check out the video below to learn about the goals set by BootsnAll’s Co-Founder and CEO, Sean Keener. 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 [...]
In June, we asked travel bloggers and members of the BootsnAll community what their Big Hairy Audacious Goals were. For those of you who wanted to share your goals with other travelers, we’ll be posting some here on the BootsnAll blog. So to kick things off, we’re taking a look at Jen Miner’s BHAG. Jen Miner The Vacation Gals I am incredibly lucky, very fortunate to not have to worry about my finances. Living in west Los Angeles (this is where famous named ‘burbs like Beverly Hills, Brentwood and Bel-air are, though I don’t live in one of those towns) and raising my children in this bubble is great, because I don’t have the serious life stress of trying to keep my daughters safe or even in good schools. That comes with the neighborhood. But while it’s a gift to be able to give my daughters a very comfortable childhood, it’s also somewhat perspective-warping. Case in point: Through my work, we’ve been invited as a family to one luxury resort hotel after another until around a year ago — we were at some perfectly lovely hotel, the kids came in from the beach, looked at their beds, and said, “Hey! Where’s the chocolate on our pillows?!” I started to give them a piece of my mind about this attitude but [...]
About a week ago, most of the BootsnAll team headed to Vancouver, BC for the TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange) conference. One of our car discussions, enroute from Portland, was about BootsnAll’s BHAG — Big Hairy Audacious Goal. While we are working on refining our goals and dreams this year, this is the BHAG we are currently tossing around: 10 stamps on every passport in every world citizen’s back pocket. While at the TBEX conference, we handed out postcards asking bloggers to share their dreams – one life goal, one travel goal, and one blogging/connecting goal. Since we’ve gotten a few requests post-conference, we thought we’d just share the postcard with the rest of the BootsnAll community. So feel free to share your goals in the comments or download a pdf of the postcard if you want to keep it to yourself. Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing some of the goals and BHAGs that TBEX bloggers and travelers from the BootsnAll community have shared with us. So if you haven’t shared your BHAG with us, we’d love to hear it! What’s your BHAG?