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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 […]
Why Bad Travel Experiences Are Just as Important as Good Ones
One of the fears people have of traveling is “What if things go wrong?”  Sometimes you spend too much time reading the travel warning lists and think everywhere is dangerous.  Others read so many blog posts and articles talking about how wonderful everything is all the time, that when they do travel they have no plan for how to deal when something isn’t perfect. Both of these are situations are harmful.  Bad things happening should neither be feared nor overlooked.  They should be embraced.  Why? Because bad things make you appreciate the good things so much more. Yup.  You want mishaps to happen.  You had your phone stolen.  You spent 50 hours on a freezing cold bus with a light jacket and shorts, no money, and only a liter of water (this happened to me), or you (god forbid) got attacked in Sarajevo by a deceitful (psycho) hostel owner who tried to steal your passports, and you had to run through the rain in the middle of the night to safety (also happened to me). But you know why things like this are good? Because you survive them! You learn that you can deal with situations like this (although I honestly hope no one has to deal with any of the above situations), but once you live through something like […]
Meet the Bootsnall Team – Jenn Miller: Supermom Edventurer
What is your name, and what do you do for BootsnAll? I’m Jenn Miller and I’m the editor for BootsnAll.com.  I’ve been a long time columnist and collaborator with the company and it’s been a lot of fun to watch the growth and be part of something I feel so passionate about: the intersection of education and adventure.  I’m also the co-ordinator of the Travel Access Project, which aims to get a Gap Year on every resume.   How did you get started working with Bootsnall? Way back in 2006 I reached out through the community feature to start planning what we thought would be a 1 year trip on bicycles through Europe and North Africa with our four kids.   I wrote a couple of “traveler” articles as we prepared to launch and then started writing features and doing special projects in 2008.   I’ve been a weekly columnist for several years now and I think that I have more articles on the site than any other author.   I’m laughing, thinking about that, because I didn’t set out to take over Bootsnall, I was just really carefully aligning myself with communities that share my core values, which Sean, and Bootsnall, always have. You’ve been traveling around the world with your family for a while now.  How long have […]
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 – 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 […]
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 […]