rtw travel Travel Articles

Embarking on a RTW Journey with RedheadWanderer
Meet Arlie.  She’s a spunky 14 year old girl who is just embarked on a RTW trip with her family.  She is also the creator of the blog Redhead Wanderer.   Before she left, she let us interview her to ask questions about what it’s like preparing for such a big trip:   Hi Arlie.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself: I’m 14 and from Boise, Idaho.  I like reading, art, diy, sewing, cooking, baking, school.   Tell us a bit about your family you are traveling with: My dad, Steve, owns a construction company, so he is able to work remotely and go on this trip. He loves fishing! My mom, Dottie, has red hair just like me, and she loves cooking, baking and running.  My little sister, Millie, is 10 years old, in 5th grade, and she likes school, art. My other little sister, Norah, is 8 years old, and she loves playing basketball, roller-skating, ice-skating, and being spunky.   How did the idea to take this trip come about? My parents have always wanted to do something like this. Last January, my mom was watching “House Hunters”, and both of my parents realized that if they were ever going to go on a trip around the world, it would have to be now, because […]
What is ‘Adapting over Micromanaging’ and Why is it Important?
“The best part of travel is the journey” “Go with the flow” Sayings like these reinforce that travel is unpredictable and we have to learn to let go and adapt to situations rather than micromanage them.  But why?   Today on the 2015 Indie Travel Challenge Dani admits: “I am totally bipolar when it comes to this travel value. Somedays I have zero problem when I’m vaguely told, “You should meet my friend at the metro stop”, then waiting at said stop until some kid asks, “Dani?” and I end up in a car with a bunch of strangers I can’t communicate with, to go somewhere, with some people, to do something.   A situation that would put most people on high alert I have no problem ‘going with the flow’ on.   (I ended up somewhere in or around Medellin at a band’s rehearsal). Other times the 8-seat restaurant that I like is full for breakfast and I feel myself on the verge of a full blown temper tantrum. It’s when I have my mind set on something, or have an idea of how I think things should go that if things change, I freak out.  I have no problem with transportation delays, or large scale things because I prep myself by expecting everything to go awry.  I’ve learned that […]
Discovering Yourself Through Travel
We all travel for different reasons, and many times the reason people start traveling is to escape something (a broken relationship, a job, the same monotonous life).  Today for the 2015 Indie Travel Challenge we are talking about how discovery is more important than escape, and how even though you may begin traveling as an escape, you undoubtedly discover things about yourself.    Dani tell us why she began traveling and what she discovered in doing so: “When I first traveled it was to escape.  Escape the tiny, very homogenous, suburbia hell I was trapped in and see more. That trip I hitchhiked to Florida from Massachusetts.  I was 17. At 25 I ‘escaped’ again.  Or more, I had recently broke off a 3 ½ year relationship with a pretty not-so-cool dude, and suddenly had the chance to go abroad.   So I did.  I needed to get away from everything for a bit, but on this trip I discovered so much more. I had wanted to travel since I was 7, but kept putting it off because I didn’t have a good reason to travel.  The ‘needing a sanity escape’ break seemed acceptable.   Now I travel to discover.  On that second trip; my first international trip and my first solo trip, I discovered: • You don’t need a reason to travel other […]
Travel Betters You Physically, Mentally, and Spiritually
When traveling, as well as in life in general, it is important to take care of mind, body and soul.   Feeding your spiritual side with new experiences and feeding your brain with mental activity are just as important in your RTW trip as getting outside and being physically active.  We need all 3 as humans to function well and grow so today on the 2015 Indie Travel Challenge we asked you to get outside and do something new. Dani tells us about a time she rode ATVs in the woods of Mattawa in Northern Ontario. “In 2012 I got the opportunity to go ATV riding in Northern Ontario.  I was psyched as I’m pretty into anything that can pump my adrenaline, I love driving, and this was something new. What I never expected was how physical it would be. Turns out driving ATVs is not like driving a car.  It’s harder. It’s super fun, but controlling ATVs takes muscles, especially as you are going through miles and miles of winding trails in the woods.  Even on the smoother parts, the ATV constantly vibrates, and each little rut makes the wheels want to turn off the tracks. Also, on top of the surprising physicality of it, it takes a lot of mental stamina.  This was my first time, so akin to […]
Strange Cures
Today for the 2015 Indie Travel Challenge we asked you: One of the ways we gave you to answer is to talk about strange cures you’ve learned while traveling.  Strange doesn’t mean bad or ineffective, some of these cures you may have not heard before but may work wonders.  When you are traveling, don’t doubt the local medicine.  At the very least you’ll get some good stories from it. Here are some ‘strange cures’ sent to us by some fellow travelers:   “My wife Larissa and I were snorkeling in the US Virgin Islands when I was bitten by a jelly fish. It was pretty painful in my side to the point it was hard to move. I stumbled back to our rental apartment when the caretaker there approached me yielding a large machete saying in his island patois, ‘I can fix that.” I flinched because I thought he was about to lance it or cut it out when he swung the machete down on an aloe plant that was next to me. He hacked the aloe leaf into pieces and told me to roast them in the oven and then apply them to the swollen area where I had been bitten. I did so and it worked. According to him the aloe sucks the venom from the body. I have no […]
Working While Traveling – It’s All About Being Creative
I have worked while traveling.  I am working while traveling right now (I’m writing this answer from Medellin, Colombia).  I’ve been a migrant worker planting cacao trees, I’ve bartended in hostels, I’ve photographed for money and barter, and was a freelance steel roadie for 5 years (the job allowed me to travel the USA), and I’m currently writing and running social media from a laptop anywhere I can find wifi.   There are so many ways to make money while traveling, today for the 2015 Indie Travel Challenge we asked you:   Of course if you can find work online as a freelance writer, virtual assistant, web developer, medical transcriptionist – or any slew of online jobs that is awesome.  But not every can, or wants to do this, and many of these take some time before you actually see real money. So we came up with a few creative ways you could make money while traveling.   Busking: Busking is the art of entertaining in a public place for donations. It’s very common outside the USA, and very common inside it in some places like Las Vegas (all those characters you take your photo with are buskers).   If you have a talent or can come up with a silly way to entertain people you can busk. Keiichi “Kei” Iwasaki […]
What dishes have you learned to cook abroad?
Living on a budget can mean cooking your own food.  As we travel we all come up with some creative ways to eat and learn some amazing new cuisine.   So for Day 24 of the 2015 Indie Travel Challenge we’re asking:  Cristina shares her answer to today’s question. “For the past 16 years I’ve been eating mostly vegetarian, with some seafood added here in there. The Mediterranean diet fits me like a glove and I keep falling in love with dishes every time I visit Greece or Italy. Fassolatha is a hearty Greek white beans soup which I learned to make while I was travelling to Greek in March 2012. A Greek friend of mine shared the secrets of how cook it to perfection. The base is made of carrots and celery, which you need to slowly cook in olive oil until a lovely scent fills your kitchen. The beans would have stayed overnight in water and you’ve already boiled them for half our before throwing them in the pot with the veggies. Add some basil and oregon, water to cover the beans and let them boil another half hour. Now grate a tomato on top (or add 2 TBSP of canned tomatoes) and let it boil for another 10 min or until the beans are cooked. Serve with bread […]
The Art of Slowing Down
Slow down and enjoy an experience is one of our Indie Travel Manifesto values.   It is there because, until you learn to slow down, you miss out on life around you.  You need to stop, stop thinking about what you were just doing, what you need to do next, what you need to do now because you have stuff to do next week, etc.  Which is why today for the 2015 Indie Travel Challenge we asked you:      You may fool yourself into saying, “I’m sitting in a cafe. I’ve slowed down!”, but how many tabs do you have open on your laptop and how many conversations do you have going in your phone?  You haven’t slowed down, you’ve sat down.  Big difference. Not everyone knows how to slow down.  I had no idea how to slow down until my first trip to Zagreb.  I would pass the same man, sitting on the same benches in the park, at least 3 times each morning.  He would be there for a few hours each day but I never saw him DO anything.  My curiosity finally got the best of me, so I woke up early one morning to go to the park and see what it is he is doing. Turns out – nothing. He was doing nothing.  He was a master […]
Learning The Hard Way
Sometimes you learn by doing something the hard way.  With travel this often becomes the case.  No matter how many tips you read before hand, inevitably something will go awry or you end up in a situation where the only way to learn is to do it yourself. So today for the 2015 Indie Travel Challenge we asked:     Dani tell us one of the things she had to learn the hard way – How to use a squat toilet: “When I was in Croatia, on my first international and first solo trip, I was traveling down the coastline with three people I met in the hostel.  I was the only inexperienced traveler and somehow we came upon the topic of squat toilets. Now I had seen photos of them, and read about them, but I thought they were confined to the Middle East and China (the only 2 places I had ever read had them).  My new friends thought this hilarious and proceeded to school me on the widespread use of squat toilets outside of the USA, and started competing in a “Let’s scare the noob with squat toilet horror stories”. I learned they were used in modern places like France. I learned how easy it is to pee on yourself using them, I heard about fecal-painted walls and that liquid and […]
What is something you’ve learned from traveling?
Today for the 2015 Indie Travel Challenge we asked a bunch of seasoned travelers to tell us 1 thing they have learned from traveling.   From silly to serious here is what fellow travelers have learned from traveling:     “I learned the hard way that, if you are prone to getting carsick yet sometimes travel via chicken bus, sit in the front.” – Jen Miner, The Vacation Gals “Skip your Lonely Planet—talk to bartenders and taxi drivers. Your guidebooks don’t know the best places to go. Bartenders and taxi drivers have their ear to the ground and always know what’s happening around town. Talk to them about where to go or what to see, and you can trust that you’re being given good advice.”   – Jeremy Scott Foster, travelFREAK “Travel has thought me that people are much quicker to open up to you if you show that you’re open to connecting with them. Just smiling at someone can ignite a conversation or turn the most grumpy salesman in a friendly chap.” – Sofie Couwenbergh,  Wonderful Wanderings  “I’ve learned that the level of customer service varies from country to country and city to city. What one is accustomed to back home can be very different (both good and bad) from what you experience when travelling so you just have to […]