Indie Travel: It’s Not About Where You Go
Are you an indie traveler?
What do you think makes someone an indie traveler?
BootsnAll’s four core values are a great starting point for defining this style of travel:
- Embrace change
- Love learning
- Make meaningful connections
- Work & play with passion
The concept of ‘indie travel’ is not something I had heard of until I came across this challenge last week but what’s clear to me is that it’s not about where but about how you travel. Let’s face it, for the past few years I’ve barely visited anywhere other than Malta, England and Ireland but I’d like to think that without even knowing they existed, I have followed the above core values wherever I have gone.
So am I an indie traveller? Well, insofar as indie travel means travelling independently, with an open mind and on the lookout for experiences and connections which will afford a behind-the-scenes peek into a place/culture – Yes. Based on other responses to this challenge that I have read, some people slip into this mode only when they are on the road, whereas others (and I consider myself one of them) treat it as a mindset to follow on a daily basis. My travelling experience is limited at this point in time so I can only hope that I remain true to this when I am dropped smack bang in the middle of completely unfamiliar territory. Wouldn’t it be a shame to be given the opportunity to fall in love with somewhere new, only to close yourself off to it because of how hard it is to understand it?