Indie Travel Challenge Round Up: Tips, Manifestos, Planning & Packing
Each Friday of the ITC we’re going to share the questions for the week and some of the responses we loved. If you want to be considered for next week’s round up, be sure you’re using the hashtag: #doyouindie when you share your post on Twitter. That’s the only way we’ll know you’re in!
This week we asked:
What are your top 5 travel tips?
#doyouindie challenge question: what are your top 5 #traveltips for any new traveler? 1. Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t get too comfortable too fast. 2. Share your culture wherever you go, whether it means swapping a recipe or teaching someone your native language. 3. Go for the experiences rather than the stuff. 4. Always have a first aid kit with you. 5. Trust your instinct. If you have a bad feeling about something, don’t do it.
Anna Taylor, 5 Tips for First Time Travelers
#DoYouIndie Day 6 — Top 5 Travel Tips 1) Talk to everyone. 2) Stay alive 3) Try something new 4) Get off the smartphone 5) Talk to everyone
— Greg Rodgers (@vagabondinglife) November 6, 2015
Gretchen, Roaming Jones
Angela, Anges Voyage
Create your own indie travel manifesto
Thea Wingert, Zen Travellers
Travel is never something to be taken for granted and those who get to travel need to recognize that they are tremendously privileged.
4) Spread your wealth around:
It can feel easy and safe to stick to the heavily-trafficked tourist areas, but branching out and spending money in the local economy is an excellent way to give back to the communities that host us when we travel.
8) Make what inspires you a priority:
It can be very easy to get sucked into the rat race and keep up with Jones mentality, but staying true to what’s most important to you will bring you the most happiness.”
— Postcards & Places (@postcardsplaces) November 9, 2015
Marie-France Roy, Big Travel Nut
I live for those “wow” moments. You know when you round a corner, cross a road, go through a gate, and there it is: the Blue Mosque, the most turquoise water and whitest sand you’ve ever seen, Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal. Or just those “I can’t believe they’re doing this” moments when you see a motorcycle piled high with furniture or carrying a family of five, or people eating large fried insects!”
@bootsnall have have got me thinking about about my intentions, beliefs and motives for travel by challenging me to write a travel manifesto for their #doyouindie series of questions. Dance on tables, under the stars, with bare feet; lie in hammocks and on rooftops. Say yes more often, stop counting the days and countries but write down the memories in diaries and document through photos. Share stories, explore, smile at strangers, spend as much time as possible in water. Eat – on buses, from carts, with your neighbour, from sticks, with your hands, alone, in temples, around fires, surrounded by people. Say thank you, be grateful, be fearless and fun. Take lessons from the road. Show respect, keep your eyes open and your heart even more so. Travel light in luggage and light in your heart. Look in the mirror less, stop brushing your hair. Take it slow; remember to breath. #travelmanifesto #traveldeeper #oman #salalah #travelstoke #lifetothefullest
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Where did you go on your RTW? Or… plan your dream trip!
— Two Monkeys Travel (@2MonkeysTravel) November 8, 2015
— Aysu Erdoğdu Miskbay (@aysuuu) November 9, 2015
- “Spend two or three weeks travelling with short stays, then stop for three or four weeks in one place to catch up with schoolwork, banking, home life and family. Don’t rush
- Once on a continent, travel by land as much as possible.
- Eat local. If we have visited a place before we will have knowledge of local cuisine and order accordingly, but if it’s our first time we will ask locals what the National dish is and try it.”
How can you practice travel caution without becoming paranoid?
- Research first. You need to know the environment you’re visiting.
- If pickpocketing is a problem wear a money belt.
- If it isn’t safe to walk the streets at night, don’t walk the streets at night.
- If you’re going to the bar, bring a buddy. Don’t drink alone with strangers.
- Lock the door to your hotel/hostel.
- Figure out the general prices of things so you’ll know if you’re being ripped off.
- Don’t keep your wallet in your back pocket.
- Always know where your passport is.
Generally employ the same safety strategies you use at home, being abroad is not that different.”
— John & Heather (@RoamingDaWorld) November 9, 2015
Danielle Bricker, WorldSmith
Caution=Not riding the bus in Bogota while wearing earphones. Paranoia=Not visiting Colombia at all. #DoYouIndie
— Mojito y Cafe (@mojitoycafe) November 9, 2015
How can you #travel with caution without becoming paranoid? I experienced this firsthand in #India. When I arrived in #Kolkata, initially I was skeptical about the food. However I spent a week eating delicious food without getting sick. However when I got to #Bangalore, the opposite happened because I got too comfortable. Always trust your nose. If it smells off, don’t eat it even if you’re starving. #doyouindie
How will you manage your money when traveling?
Dani Blanchette, Going Nomadic
Research & pay accommodation ahead of time, prepare food vs eat out. Use credit card within budget. Don’t run out of cash! #DoYouIndie
— Mojito y Cafe (@mojitoycafe) November 10, 2015
- 3. Remember to inform your bank you’re going abroad
- 5. Have a backup fund for when something goes wrong
- 6. Get a budgeting app to keep track of where you spend your money
- 10. Always carry cash
because i was on the “no plan, plan” and i booked a one-way ticket, i had literally committed to going when i was going. i gave myself about 7 months before d-day. i managed to save a modest amount to take with me, knowing i’d have to stretch it pretty far and then get a job in AU to move myself along. disclaimer: Australia is bloody expensive! i was fortunate enough to get some help from dear old dad when i needed it and pay him back when i could.”
What’s your #1 thing you CANNOT travel without
Steph, Quarter Life Epiphany
Another iguana! These guys are a highlight of our time in Mexico so far. #doyouindie Q11: What’s your #1 thing you CANNOT travel without (besides your passport or money)? My answer: good walking shoes. We walk a lot when we are travelling, and good shoes (and socks) are an absolute essential.
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Zascha, According to Zascha
Or maybe an old, dusty book with travel stories from all over the world that my great grandfather was given as a gift by a tribe in Peru…
Those two things I mentioned above sounds so much cooler than the answer I’m gonna end up giving. My answer would be something as boring as my smartphone! “
My wife,she has the money & passports. Otherwise a multi-tool, that way you can earn food, shelter and/or money being handy. #doyouindie
— Global Squatters (@GlobalSquatters) November 12, 2015
— Nellie Umutesi (@Adven_Chica) November 11, 2015
Pack for a 6 month trip
— Greg Rodgers (@vagabondinglife) November 12, 2015
Danielle Bricker, WorldSmith
— tulsatrot (@tulsatrot) November 12, 2015
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