rtw Travel Articles

 
3 Pieces of Advice for New Travelers
It’s the last day of the 2015 Indie Travel Challenge.  We’ve had a great time meeting everyone and reading and sharing your answers.  We’ve learned a lot from you and hope you learned too.   So for the final question, we are asking:   Here are Dani’s 3 pieces of advice for new travelers:   1. Smile and Laugh.  A lot.  Travel is fun, it’s exciting.  Don’t be afraid to smile and laugh at things you like.  Smiles and laughter are one of the few universal expressions – so even when you can’t use words, a smile and a friendly chuckle is all you need.   2. Stay Curious. When you are curious you learn. Go into travel with specific things you want to know more about, then seek them out.  Travel is the best education so use it.  And if you ever start to feel ‘blah’, try something new. New experiences and respark curiosity, and curiosity sparks you to try new experiences. It’s a pretty cool cycle to be a part of.     3. Travel Slow. When you stay in a place longer, you make more meaningful connections with people, have more time to discover local treasures, have the time to learn new skills and language, and you really get to know the culture and vibe of a […]
Favourite Travel Photos
Today on the Indie Travel Challenge we are asking you to share your 5 favourite travel photos that you’ve taken, or that inspire you.  So we decided to ask our co-workers to share their favourite travel photos with you.     Cristina – Traveler Consultant for Indie and Airtreks.         From our General Manager Riel:       From Marin, our Corporate Account Flight Specialist / Granter of Travel Wishes       Kristina, our Traveler Support Specialist and Airtreks & Indie shared these photos:       Our Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Andreea, shared these beautiful images from her travels:       From Anthy, one of our awesome Travel Consultants:       Grace, one of our Travel Ambassadors shared these photos from her trip to Nepal:   .   Sara, our Director of Sales, Support, and Operations for Airtreks shows off her photos: Lychees for sale on the street in Bangkok. Ready to go back any time!       Jenn, long-time BootsnAll contributor and now our editor sent these photos to share:       Lastly, Dani, who runs our Social Media sent us this photo from her trip last year to Kenya:   We hope these help inspire you and give you a look into the wonderful people who work to help you make your dream around-the-world trip […]
RTW Travel Planning – Where Will You Go?
  Today our former editor and now travel guru Adam Seeper, joins us to tell you about how he planned his RTW trip and what he would do differently after a year travel: “Here was our route from a flight perspective. We flew into Lima, traveled overland through Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina over to Buenos Aires. Had an apartment there for a month before flying down to Patagonia. We traveled around Patagonia and the Lake District in both Argentina and Chile before flying from Santiago to Bogota. We traveled around Colombia for a month (~6 months in South America total) before flying to New Zealand via LA.” “We spent 5 weeks traveling New Zealand in a camper van before flying to Bangkok, where we traveled around Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia for about 3.5 months. We then flew to Delhi, where we traveled around India for 6 weeks before flying home from Mumbai.”     “Knowing what I know now, I would have done several things differently.   Stay longer in more places and just slow down in general. We rented an apartment in Buenos Aires for a month, which was one of the major highlights of our trip, partly because we were able to unpack our bags, slow down, become part of a community, and have a place to […]
Traveler of the Week – Grant Cansler
Traveler of the Week – Grant Cansler If you haven’t had a chance to check out our new traveler profiles, then this is the perfect time to do it. Part of what makes indie travel great is all the meaningful connections one makes with both locals and other travelers.  So what we wanted to do was to give indie travelers a place to get together and share their adventures with other like-minded people.  These traveler profiles are short and sweet and offer a variety of information about each person’s round the world trip (or for those who have not yet gone – their dream round the world trip). Each Tuesday, though, we are going to highlight one traveler from our profiles and offer up a little more information about them.  Learn more about traveler of the week Grant below! 1. When do you leave for your trip and where is your first destination? I left September 5th and the first destination is New Zealand to do a South Island road trip with my sister. 2. What is your biggest concern at this point of the planning process? Only concern is being a little under planned for a month in China. I know the major stops I would like to hit such as Chengdu, Xian, Shanghai & Beijing but have not planned anything in-between. It is about time to hit the […]
Travelers of the Week – Rachel and Jeff
Travelers of the Week – Rachel and Jeff If you haven’t had a chance to check out our new traveler profiles, then this is the perfect time to do it. Part of what makes indie travel great is all the meaningful connections one makes with both locals and other travelers.  So what we wanted to do was to give indie travelers a place to get together and share their adventures with other like-minded people.  These traveler profiles are short and sweet and offer a variety of information about each person’s round the world trip (or for those who have not yet gone – their dream round the world trip). Each Tuesday, though, we are going to highlight one traveler from our profiles and offer up a little more information about them.  Learn more about traveler’s of the week Rachel and Jeff below! 1. When do you leave for your trip and where is your first destination? We actually just left on August 29th. Our first destination was Mongolia – originally we meant to be there 3 weeks but we ended up staying just a week. We’ve just arrived in Beijing at the time of writing this. 2. What is your biggest concern at this point of your trip? In Mongolia, Jeff’s card was eaten by an ATM and Rachel’s was not accepted by most ATMs or even in many banks. We […]
Recap of #rtwchat on Twitter – August 8, 2012
Airfare for your Round the World Trip
Introducing the Summer Edition of the Around the World Airfare Report
Introducing the Summer Edition of the Around the World Airfare Report Back in the spring we published a free downloadable report on the state of round the world (RTW) airfare around the world.  The idea was to offer travelers a comprehensive report comparing the different options out there for RTW airfare – including the DIY model of buying one-way tickets to get yourself around the world. Download the summer version of the Around the World Airfare Report for free here! Almost as soon as we were finished with the first edition, we began thinking about version two. We thought about what we learned from our research and writing of the first report, listened to feedback from you, our readers, and started researching this version.   There are some differences in this report, largely the introduction of specific search features and prices for round the world tickets from three different countries – the United States, the UK, and Australia. Instead of searching all the same companies for each departure point, like we did last time, we found companies in each country and worked with them, trying to simulate as best we could what a real search would look like. Again we posed as customers to get the most accurate look at what you as travelers would experience when shopping for a RTW ticket. We also came up with two separate routes to […]
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 […]
This Week on BootsnAll: Let’s Go Round the World!
This Week on BootsnAll: Let’s Go Round the World! On Tuesday, in 17 cities in North America, hundreds of people will be inspired to live their travel dreams. Will you be one of them? If you’ve ever questions what you’re doing with your life, if you’ve ever longed for more time to travel, if you’ve ever wondered if there’s something more, better or different out there for you, or even if you love your job but just want a break to experience the world, you need to at Meet, Plan, Go! on October 18th. For just $15, you can learn from people who have left the cubicle to travel for a few months, or a few years. You’ll hear their stories – why they did it, how they saved the money, and what their doing now. Meet, Plan, Go! will be filled with panelists who have taken or are planning their own RTW trips and can offer tips and advice for how you can make your own travel dreams come true. Be sure to check out the event in one of the following cities: Austin, Texas Boston, Massachusetts Chicago, Illinois Denver, Colorado Honolulu, Hawaii Las Vegas, Nevada Los Angeles, California Minneapolis, Minnesota New Orleans, Louisiana New York, New York Orlando, Florida Portland, Oregon San Francisco, California Seattle, Washington St. Louis, Missouri Toronto, Ontario Washington D.C. If you can’t make […]