Indie Travel Challenge Roundup: Ah-ha moments, what you’ve learned, slowing down & more!
Each Friday of the ITC we’re sharing the questions for the week and some of the responses we loved. If you want to be considered for the last round up, on Tuesday, 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 asked about:
Your ah-ha moment
[section]In this moving post, Cristina gets very real about how travel helped her see clearly enough to change her life:
“Summer of 2010. My ex asked me to go with him (and friends) to a mountain cabin. I was paying for both, of course. Since I was trying to salvage what was left of a very broken marriage, I agreed. We have fought all the time. On the train to Bucharest to meet our friends, at the mountain cabin, on the train back….once we came back. For me it was the last straw: I decided this whole mess had to end before I lost my sanity. That’s not how I like to travel. That’s not how I liked to be treated.”[/section][section]
— Aleya (@audaciousaleya) November 19, 2015
— Anna Taylor (@annactaylor15) November 20, 2015
5 years ago I travelled to Mali alone. I lived with a local family in Bamako and worked with a community development NGO for 5 months. During that time, I gained a new family, travelled to tiny rural villages that were so far off the tourist track, and participated in local customs like preparing food for the Tabaski holiday which is what I am doing in this picture. The journey was life-changing in that I got to experience life through a lens that was very different from my own. I learned to love my family and they loved me in return. I experienced that awe-inspiring kindness that comes from some of the most underprivileged people in the world. I learned to walk to the beat of the local rhythm and understand that despite many things, we’re never really all that different. #DoYouIndie #rttc #travel #travelstoke #instatravel #mytravelgram #mali #travelmemories #family #instagood #instamood #travelphotography #africa #zen #BkoAuCoeur
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[title2]What you’ve learned[/title2]
Day 21 CHALLENGE: Have you learned some tips that you wish you knew before you started traveling? Share with those of us that haven’t hit the road yet. 1. Medicine control varies A LOT by the country. In some countries a medicine will require a doctor’s prescription whether others won’t. 2. Beware of fake cash notes and coins! Even ATMs can give you fake ones. What to do?! Well, with luck you can pass it forward but in most cases you’ll end up with a nice souvenir. 3. Google offers unlimited image storage for free! Just install their Photos app allow automatic back up. 4. Packing cubes is the best thing ever for managing your full backpack! They are small bags that you fill with your stuff and get more organized. Almost like drawers! Any bag will do, even the plastic ones they give on super markets. 5. The new Google Translate app is also amazing! It’s almost magical how it can Translate the world using the camera. It’s also possible to use many features off line if you download the language package. Happy travels! #uyuni #bolivia #explorers3dot0 #DoYouIndie #train
[title3]Angela Koblitz, Ange’s Voyage
Dani Blanchette, Going Nomadic
- 1. Always carry your own toilet paper
- 2. Breathe
- 3. Stop and sit once in a while. Don’t do anything. Just sit and enjoy.
- 4. Check all your batteries are charged the MORNING BEFORE you travel, not 5 minutes before leaving.
- 5. Spend the money on a good thin rain coat.
- 6. Always bring at least one pair of warm socks.
- 7. Listen to yourself first. If you want to travel with jeans, do it, and screw everyone else. Otherwise you’ll be wishing the whole trip for jeans, but you won’t be able to find any you like.
- 8. Get out of your comfort zone. Voluntarily. Otherwise the universe will do it for you, when you least want it to, and aren’t prepared.
- 9. Always prepare for spiders and/or cold.
- 10. Embrace changes. They’re going to happen. Don’t fight them. Shrug your shoulder, laugh, and roll with it.
- 11. Moneybelts are a waste of money, and uncomfortable. Local’s don’t use them so why should you?
- 12. Don’t “Give the Papaya”. (Colombian saying meaning “Don’t go around flashing stuff that will attract robbers.)
- 13. Do stuff that scares you. You’ll feel like a badass after.
— Mojito y Cafe (@mojitoycafe) November 22, 2015
What you’ve learned the hard way
— Culturiously (@culturiously) November 23, 2015
3 things learned: Don’t mess with altitude sickness. Choose your travel buddies well. Don’t buy shaved ice from street vendors. #DoYouIndie
— Mojito y Cafe (@mojitoycafe) November 23, 2015
Rand Blimes, Because Travel
- If you get into an argument, ask yourself, will this matter in 20 years? If the answer is no, then it is not worth your time. If the answer is yes, then do whatever you need to kindly and respectfully.
- Respect other people. They are human too, no matter how much you may not like them or think they’re strange. This definitely applies to travel, because people in places you’ve never been are usually different than you.
- Be kind! A little kindness goes a long way, and means a lot to others.
Day 23 Slow Down & Enjoy the Experience. CHALLENGE 1: Tell us about a time you slowed down and enjoyed an experience and how “slow travel” can be the best way to travel. When were still traveling around southeast Asia we decided to take the slow boat from #luangprabang in #Laos, to #ChiangMai in #thailand . It’s a 3 full days journey on the #mekongriver without internet, TV, traffic, crowds and etc. The boats are old, noisy and, if the wind is blowing the right way, smells of burned oil. It was a memorable journey on it self but the abundance of free time and beautiful landscapes inspired me to do an odd thing: #art. Well, odd at least for me. As listened to music I couldn’t stop drawing an abstract piece on my travel notebook. It took hours to be done and the feeling afterwards was incredible. Slow travel can inspire us to oh so many things. Definitely try it! #doyouindie #explorers3dot0
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#doyouindie challenge: tell us about your experience with #slowtravel. My husband and I spent an entire year in a small city in the heart of the Japanese countryside. At first, I hated the thought especially because I couldn’t speak Japanese. A year later, I couldn’t believe how much I loved that little corner of #japan. We had experienced every season, every holiday, almost every #matsuri. We made lifelong friends all because we chose to stay put in a foreign country for a while.
Sean Keener, CEO BootsnAll
- 1) Chuck the devices away for 1 day or for a weekend. Or if you are on the road for a longer trip, put them away for a week or a month. Trust yourself, you can do it.
- 2) I’m a lucky man, and have 3 children aged 5, 3, 3. When together – I learned to “hide” the devices, including mine. It’s not an option then, and we end up having fun and learning without them.
- 3) When I’m waiting, just seeing other folks around me phrozen to their phones, reminds me to be present and slow the mind down.
Over the past 20+ years, I’ve heard countless people say they don’t have time to travel the world or do the things that they want to.
I’ve realized, we have the time, it’s a choice. We are free to choose how we spend every minute of everyday.
— Stephen Lioy (@slioy) November 23, 2015
— Nellie Umutesi (@Adven_Chica) November 23, 2015
Cooking on the road
— Aleya (@audaciousaleya) November 24, 2015
— Kelsey Ann (@WendAwayTravel) November 24, 2015
— Jenn Miller (@edventuremama) November 25, 2015
Kelly Mutchler, Wanderlust & Lipstick
“Other foreign elements were added in their stead. A rickety old table with one gamy leg became the centerpiece; tabbouleh replaced mashed yams and tea cakes took over for pumpkin pie; instead of a kitchen full of loud relatives, ours bustled with semi-strangers, close friends and eight different nationalities.
It was the best Thanksgiving ever.
Though nothing resembled the event I grew up with, the spirit of the holiday remained unchanged. We shared our forks and our blessings, appreciating full stomachs and strong relationships. Absent from our families, we found comfort in the presence of others.
Someone even wore a turkey headdress.
Thanksgiving, it turns out, is an emotion we all experience, and nowhere more so than crowded around a broken table, with smiling faces and Arab salad to remind us how lucky we truly are.”
Working & traveling
“Some people may balk at the idea of patching together just enough money to get by, but having graduated into a recession, I already have to do that. I might as well find a way to have a patchwork income and a life I love.”
Right now Ebay & Craigslist help us be location independent in the US. Trying to diversify to travel consulting, freelancing etc #DoYouIndie
— Mojito y Cafe (@mojitoycafe) November 26, 2015
— Kelsey Ann (@WendAwayTravel) November 25, 2015
— Aleya (@audaciousaleya) November 26, 2015
Eating healthy on the road is HARD. Throughout Asia I have a rule that if there’s an option to get boiled/steamed over fried, steamed is a MUST. No matter how much alcohol is telling me I want fried. (Cue tiny crying emojis that are my memories thinking of all the times I could’ve shoved more fried rice in my face in Vietnam). – HOWEVER when seeking health, a great opportunity arises to eat raw, 100% vegan meals when trying to balance all the amazing fried, greasy street foods that are inevitable on the road! Fruit, veggies and nuts are abundantly and so cheaply available in Asia, there really is no excuse to not eat at least one raw meal a day. So be kind to the animals, yourself and the environment even if you’re not a vegan: eat steamed rice with low low fat and raw foods when possible. You won’t find me without a bag of peanuts & cashews or bananas & dates while traveling and for long term travel, this has been my savior for not only my waist line but also my wallet? – #doyouindie @bootsnall – #photooftheday #love #vegan #plantbased #hclf #health #healthy #fit #fitness #fitspiration #fitspo #vscocam #vscogood #vsco #bbg #bbggirls #yoga #yogi #vegetarian #fruit #raw #plants #travel #traveling #travelgram #instatravel #instagood #instamood #beautiful
Day 26 Staying Healthy While Traveling QUESTION 1: What are your tricks for staying healthy while traveling (or in general)? Hydration, patience and attention. Of course we want to try what the locals eat and what’s traditional but we got to know our selves. How strong is your stomach and intestines? Your immune system? If they are top notch, go for it! If not, better skip it. Electrolytes is cheap and very useful so drink a lot of it to avoid dehydration. And be patient. Let your body rest and heal. Pay attention to it. Traveling long term is stressful to the body so take good care of it. Picture is from the Central Market in #santiago #chile #fountain #statue #explorers3dot0 #DoYouIndie
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