Indie Travel Challenge Roundup: Travel Photos, Giving Back, Simple Moments & More
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 asked about:
Your favorite travel photos
#doyouindie challenge: what is your favourite travel photo? First, I don’t have one favourite but many. This is one I really like though. Anytime I look at it, I remember the cold rain dripping from the shrine gate at #fushimiinaritaisha in #Kyoto. Because it was raining so heavily, the crowds dissipated. We had the place to ourselves for a brief but serene moment. It was one of the few times I didn’t mind having soggy sneakers. #travelogues #traveldeeper
A photo posted by Nomadic Boys (@nomadicboys) on
#3) of my favorite 5 travel photos is this one of our Berber guide taking a rest on a sand dune in the Sahara desert. #DoYouIndie #travel #mytravelgram #travelstoke #travelpics #instatravel #sand #desert #sahara #africa #morocco #lifeofadventure #neverstopexploring #instagood #outdoors #instadaily #travelphotography #zentravellers
— Robb Saunders (@Robb_Saunders) November 13, 2015
— etsy (@etsyexplores) November 15, 2015
— Culturiously (@culturiously) November 14, 2015
How do you cut expenses?
- I don’t pay for haircuts.
- I hand wash the majority of my clothes.
- I don’t go shopping.
- I don’t go to the movies.
- I cook everything from scratch.
- I don’t and won’t own a car.
No cable tv, only basic cable internet. No car payment. No credit card debt. Eat out sparingly (1-2x per month) Buy used not new #DoYouIndie
— Mojito y Cafe (@mojitoycafe) November 14, 2015
Everyone wants to travel but they complain that it is expensive. Why don’t you think of saving? Window shopping instead of buying yourself new pieces whenever there is a new collection, cooking more instead of going out… Think about making your expenses more strategically! That’s what I have been doing the last 3 years! #doyouindie
A photo posted by Angela Koblitz (@angelakoblitz) on
Sean Keener, CEO BootsnAll
1) Which ones am I still using, and provide value
2) Am I spending money on something that is not aligned with my core values and purpose? (If so, AXE it)
When I look back at what I actually spent money on, I can’t kid myself, it’s there in black and white and evidence of what I value in this world.”
How do you give back while traveling?
What are the ways you can make an effort to give back to the local economy when you travel? #doyouindie To eat local food from local markets or tiny restaurants. Refreshing & yummy #ceviche mixto from Rosita “la existosa” at #mercadodesurquillo #sodelicious. “Todo lo que tú me deseas, que Dios te lo duplique”. 🙂
A photo posted by Joan (@araiaqui) on
— Greg Rodgers (@vagabondinglife) November 15, 2015
— Andrea Pisac (@AndreaPisac) November 15, 2015
— Arlie Bledsoe (@redhead_wander) November 17, 2015
We asked your thoughts on ecotourism
— Culturiously (@culturiously) November 16, 2015
#DoYouIndie I try to go with locally based operators that are part of the community and avoid tours that degrade/disrespect people/animals
— QuarterLifeEpiphany (@myQLepiphany) November 16, 2015
Arie Bledsoe, Ramblings of a Readheaded Wanderer
- DO NOT LITTER!
- Buy locally
- Respect the regions customs and culture
— Zen Traveller (@zendylanism) November 17, 2015
Taking pleasure in simple moments
#doyouindie challenge: how do you enjoy the simple moments and details when you travel? Whereever I am, I always seek a quiet place. I don’t speak. I don’t write. I just sit and take it all in. You can’t believe how refreshing it feels just to be present, even it’s just for a few minutes. #travelogues #traveldeeper #Bude #Cornwall #England
— Ali Leyland-Collins (@Alilc4) November 17, 2015
— Culturiously (@culturiously) November 16, 2015
— Kelsey Ann (@WendAwayTravel) November 17, 2015
Learning through travel
Kelsey, Wend Away
“Unfortunately I didn’t stumble upon this nugget of wisdom until some time during college. It was then it finally dawned on me— I could learn outside the walls of a classroom or lecture hall.”
#doyouindie challenge: have you used travel as an educational experience? Inadvertently, yes. When I was in #Malaysia, a friend thought it would be a good idea to visit a famous #mosque. I had never stepped foot in a mosque before even though I was born in a country with many religions including #islam. Wasn't I glad I did because our guide, Jamal totally changed my misconceptions about the religion. #travelogues #traveldeeper #bluemosque #Selangor
Marie-France Roy, Big Travel Nut
- It is often cheaper than at home
- It gives your trip a purpose
- You have the option of staying with locals
- Immersion means you learn faster
- You get more out of the country
In Beijing I studied Chinese. When I left I passed an intermediate level Chinese exam and backpacked southeast China by rail. #doyouindie
— Aleya (@audaciousaleya) November 18, 2015
Sean Keener, Travel Access Project
I quickly learned, that my way, was not the only way. There are more options and paths in the world that we are even aware of. Leaving home on my own for the 1st time, opened my eyes to more options that are available.”
Seeing yourself in the context of a rich & complex world
— QuarterLifeEpiphany (@myQLepiphany) November 19, 2015
— Culturiously (@culturiously) November 19, 2015
— Jenn Miller (@edventuremama) November 19, 2015
— Greg Rodgers (@vagabondinglife) November 19, 2015