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