For Day 20 of the 2015 Indie Travel Challenge, we’re asking you: Here to tell us her ‘ah-ha’ moment is Dani, our head of social media: “I’ve had a many ‘ah-ha’ moments when it comes to learning things on my travels, but the one I come back to is what happened to me on my very first international trip. I got off the airplane in Zagreb and headed to the line of buses that take you to the city. I stepped onto the bus, and asked a little old Swedish couple, sitting in front, “Do you speak English?” Yes they nodded. “Is this the bus to Zagreb city?” The older women couldn’t hold back any longer. She started giggling, grabbed her husband’s arm and says “Oh honey look! She has such a cute accent!” It was then that reality smacked me in the face… I was the one with the accent now! It was such an ‘ah-ha’ moment because up until that time it never dawned that I’m now the foreigner. This is not my country. I’m the one that speaks English funny. It was such an eye-opener for me. And also a great conversation opener, as I guess my shock of realizing I’m the outsider was apparent and the husband and wife quickly sat me down and started […]
Day 3 of the 2015 Indie Travel Challenge asks you: “I recall the two long-term trips I took and think back about how I had to completely readjust my life. I went from having all the comforts of home – car, schedule, daily routine, girlfriend, familiarity of my hometown – and reinvent myself as an independent self-reliant person. I had to trust my instincts, find a patience I never knew I could muster, learn to communicate and adapt to different cultures, and appreciate the moment. Whether it was standing in a thousand-year-old church or watching two locals play a game of chess in a local cafe, I remember living the experience by every second I was there. It showed me how to grab those moments in my everyday life and appreciate them to their fullest.” -Dave Campbell, Marketing Manager for BootsnAll.com Travel teaches us many things, but mostly – how strong we are. You don’t realize just how much you can handle until you give everything up and hit the road to a foreign land. Getting out of your comfort zone and traveling is one of the best ways to learn about yourself, the world, and gain the self-confidence to do anything! Tell us what travel has taught you. Join the 2015 Indie Travel Manifesto now.