We better understand ourselves and others when we leave home to experience the world firsthand. Independent travel is a departure from routine - an opportunity to learn, have fun and embrace life in novel environments and cultures.

Indie travel is about...

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Replacing broad expectations with nuanced realities.
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Seeing yourself in the context of a rich and complex world.
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Defining your values, exploring your beliefs, and crafting your own meaning for life.
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Options over possessions.
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Dynamic possibilities over static goals.
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Discovery over escape
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Interactions over transactions.
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Local information over received information.
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First-hand experience over expert opinions.
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Mental and spiritual growth as much as physical adventure.
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Private transformation over social status and bragging rights.
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The present moment over dreams of past and future.
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Pack light and keep things simple.
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Adapt as you go rather than micromanage in advance.
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Practice caution, but not paranoia.
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Slow down and enjoy an experience.
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Seek pleasure in simple moments and details.
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Make meaningful connections and informed decisions.
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Learn the economic, political and environmental context of my host culture.
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Emphasize listening more than talking.
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Practice courtesy, patience, humility, and good humor.
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Seek to understand — not judge or romanticize — other cultures.
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Give back to the local economy.
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Share what you’ve learned with others.
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