traveler of the week 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 […]
Learning Through Travel: It’s not just for the kids
When we took off traveling in 2008 the idea was to be gone for one year, on bicycles, through Europe and North Africa, maybe the fringe of Asia if the money held out. We were going as a family, for the express purpose of the educations of our children. We planned our trip and executed every day with that in our minds. We didn’t carry many books. They didn’t do any formal classes, but we lived and breathed education as we traveled. We never would have guessed that the one year would turn into seven years traveling full time as a family. And we never could have anticipated the things we would learn along the way. My kids have never been to school, even when we lived a stationary life. We opted them out of the system for philosophical reasons and have never looked back. The proof is in the pudding now, as two are on to good university programs and the remaining two are hot on their heels. For my kids, the world has been their classroom and travel their primary teacher. They became proficient in Spanish across Central America They came to understand Buddhism in Southeast Asia & Islam in Indonesia and North Africa They gained a small grasp on the horrors of genocide in Cambodia and Germany […]
Traveler of the Week – Jenny Serwylo
Traveler of the Week – Jenny Serwylo Each Tuesday, though, we are going to highlight one traveler from our traveler profiles and offer up a little more information about them.  Learn more about traveler of the week Jenny below, who is on her trip right now! 1. What is the one item you packed that you have used least? The one item I packed that I’ve used least: My playing cards! I was so excited to break out my playing cards, but I haven’t met anyone who enjoys a game of Gin or Go Fish. I’m still holding out though! I’m determined to use them. 2. What is the one item you packed that you couldn’t do without? The one item I couldn’t do without: my bright red lipstick! I mean, I know it’s not the most practical thing when I’m climbing mountains or experiencing new cultures…but if I’m having one of those “I’m sick of sleeping in a room with seven other people and washing my socks in the sink” days, I just throw on a bit of lipstick and I instantly feel a bit less like a dirty traveler, and a bit more like a normal person. 3. What is one thing that worried you most before the trip that turned out to be no big deal? Of the many many things I worried about, […]
Traveler of the Week – Amber Hoffman
Traveler of the Week – Amber Hoffman Each Tuesday, though, we are going to highlight one traveler from our traveler profiles and offer up a little more information about them.  Learn more about traveler of the week Amber below, a round the world veteran who is currently on her second long-term trip, and this time the plan is for it to be permanent! What is your #1 tip for those struggling with making the decision to go? If you are even considering a RTW, just do it! There are about a thousand reasons (or excuses) why not to go. If you don’t do it, though, you will be saddled with regret for years to come! The predictable life you have come to know as “normal” will be waiting when (or if) you return. What is your #1 tip for those planning their round the world trip right now? Depends on how far in advance you start planning – we started almost two years out, and started to save money big time. We did not want to set a budget and travel until we were penniless. We wanted a safety net in case of an emergency and a cushion for our return. As part of our saving, we also applied for some credit cards with great mileage promos, using the Frugal Travel Guy and other similar websites as […]
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 […]
BootsnAll Traveler of the Week – Bob Ross
BootsnAll Traveler of the Week – Bob Ross 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.  Our inaugural traveler is Bob Ross. 1.  What is your #1 tip for those struggling with making the decision to go? There’s a saying, “you’ll regret the things you didn’t do in life more than the things you did” and that definitely applies to travel. When you get older, do you want to tell stories about the round the world trip you almost did or tell actual stories of your adventures and the places you visited? For me, I didn’t want to wait until I was old and retired to travel – how would I get the […]