The Role of Pain in Travel

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Travel often has an element of suffering intrinsic to the process, but what about pain as a catalyst for travel? What about the value of suffering physically for the greater journey, both internally and externally? Should we, as indie travelers, be seeking to make the journey more comfortable, or intentionally making it more difficult? How much notice should we take of the pain and discomfort of a journey? What is its proper place, mentally and physically, in an adventure?

First Hand Experiences

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Indie travel is all about having first hand experiences… so what happens when a seasoned traveler decides there’s one she doesn’t want to have?

Why Travel?

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In an ongoing series that seeks to get to the root of what drives us to keep exploring, as travelers, Jenn Miller asks a dozen avid adventurers why they travel. The real question is, why do you travel?

How to Build Your RTW Route

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Deciding where to go on your big trip is a challenge. We offer tips, advice, and a sample, base route that anyone can customize to fit their exact needs in the context of a short or long trip.

24 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Your Travels

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With the thousands of meme quotes circulating on social media, Jenn Miller gets inspired to share 24 of her favorites, most of which have never made the meme circuit. What are your favourites?

The Importance of Community

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Eight years after beginning to plan her family’s first big leap into long term travel, Jenn Miller reflects on the importance of community and invites you to join her in building it, here at Boots-n-All

Dream Big and Travel Far

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Melissa Bannigan did what few single mothers have the courage to do: she quit her job so that she could educate her own child and travel the world. She’s created a business out of her passion and now works to inspire and empower other women to follow their dreams and live passion driven lives. And now, she’s inviting girls to join her on life changing adventures in Peru!

The Importance of Optimism

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Jenn Miller points out that an optimistic attitude is not something you can order at REI along with your titanium spork and have delivered in a lightweight packing cube to fit nicely alongside your water filter and guidebook. A very few people come by it naturally but, for most of us, it’s an exercise in character development and intentionality. It’s a quality born of adversity and enough miles under our belts, literally and figuratively, to have some perspective on the journey. In short: you’ve got to live through some stuff before you believe you’re going to live through this too.

First-Time Backpacking: What I’ve Learned

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Jenn Miller discusses the difference between packing your backpack for the average RTW and packing for an unsupported backpacking trip. She touches on why, most of the time, it doesn’t really matter what you pack and why cutting the weight in your pack is less important than taking care of the most important piece of gear you possess.

A Dozen Reasons Why

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Jenn Miller asks another dozen wanderers why they travel. The answers are as interesting and varied as the travelers. Have you answered the big question yet? Why do you travel?