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Top 5 Travel Tips for New Travelers
Today on the 2015 Indie Travel Challenge we asked you:   Here at BootsnAll, we’ve come up with our top 5 tips for new travelers that will help you feel more confident traveling. 1.  It’s not as scary as you think. We are taught to think everywhere is dangerous and everyone is out to con us.  That is so far from the truth.  You still need to practice caution and common sense, but most of world is the same as back home, if not actually safer.   2.  If you aren’t sure if you’ll need it, you won’t. Seriously, take half that shit out of your bag.  Unless you are going only to places way more expensive than your own country, you can buy everything you need abroad and usually cheaper. You don’t need an ambulance sized first aid kit. You don’t need 3 pairs of shoes.   You don’t need enough survival rations for a zombie apocalypse.   Seriously.  If you even remotely think “Will I need this?” or “What if it…”  it means you won’t need it, and it won’t ‘whatever’ enough times to warrant the extra weight.  And, the less you carry on your back, the happier you will be.  Trust me.   3.  Be Respectful.   Seriously. Going into someone’s home (town, country), getting smashed, talking down […]
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  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 – 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 […]
Announcing New Traveler Profiles
Announcing New Traveler Profiles When planning a trip, have you ever wished that you could easily find someone you can related to, inspire you, and offer tips for your big trip?  As travelers, we’re all different – we may all have the same love for travel, but some of us travel solo, some as a couple, some with families, some as retirees.  Some dig adventure travel, hiking, and trekking.  Some love some good beach time. The point is that we’re all different, and finding someone who shares your same interests makes trip planning that much easier and more exciting.  Enter our new Traveler Profiles. One of the best parts of traveling is meeting other people, and these new traveler profiles aim to connect travelers with each other.  Need some help planning a solo trip, sort the profiles by solo travelers, and you have a bounty of people who have already done it.  Eager to find our more about India, find out who has claimed India as their favorite country, and voila, you have a list of people to read about and get in touch with. These traveler profiles give you yet another way to connect with other travelers.  Each profile is linked to his or her respective Facebook pages, Twitter handles, and travel blogs.  There is also a trip itinerary function where you can pull […]