What Is Indie Travel? – 2012 Indie Travel Challenge #2

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been going down the list of travel prompts by BootsnAll to get caught up on the last 12+ weeks. Challenge #2 was all about Indie Travel.

Indie travel can be a very simple but sometimes stereotypical concept to describe. What does Indie travel mean? Does it mean someone who curses all things “touristy” and heads for the “off the beaten path”? I mean really, isn’t the phrase “off the beaten path” even a bit overused these days? Is it then about going somewhere no man has gone? And let’s be realistic, as big as the world is, there are enough of us trying to explore it to eventually make the list of “places unexplored” short. Is it about solo travel? Defying hotel stay and camping the grounds instead? Is it about traveling with as little gear as possible? Avoiding all things mainstream? What is the mainstream? Who defines it? Doesn’t it change from person to person? Truth is, indie travel is all of those things and more. Everyone’s got a different definition of the term and thereby a different perspective.

So as far as I’m concerned, every form of travel can be a form of indie travel, just as long as its works for you. To me, indie travel means traveling on my own terms and while often that is best achieved traveling solo, it doesn’t always have to be the case. It doesn’t mean I’m unwilling to compromise and all things have to happen my way. No, it just means traveling in a way that feels honest to me.

I am not set in one type of destination. For me, every travel doesn’t have to be about the beach or the city. It has to be about both. I still want to see Italy, France, and Australia just like every other person. But I also want to see the depths of the Amazon and the ice bergs of Antarctica. I want to see it all. I just want to see it my way. Sometimes I want to stay in a luxury hotel in Paris and pretend to live the life of the rich and famous. Other times I want to stay in a mud huts in the midst of Bangladesh to understand what life is like with little means. Between what mother nature has formed and the human mind has conceived, I want to leave no stone unturned. I want to step foot on every continent and if I live long enough, perhaps every country. But the real goal in all this traveling is to learn and grow. (I won’t focus too much on that bit here because it just so happens that the travel prompt for week #3 is about just that!)

So what the heck am I trying to say? I’m saying, Indie travel is about traveling independently, in a way that works for you, as long as you remember to push the boundaries of comfort every now and again to truly learn about the world around you.

one of my favorite indie travel spots: Iceland!

So go on, pick a spot on the map and set out on your own indie experience.

Happy Travels!

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About Saadia S. Shamsie

Hand me a book & put me on a plane to ANYWHERE -- I'm the happiest girl in the world! Keep me in one place for too long -- I become obnoxiously restless! View all posts by Saadia S. Shamsie

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