To me, being an indie traveler means many things, but most importantly it means that you are willing to put yourself out there to explore the world. It means taking every chance, every opportunity to just get out there, no matter what obstacles are in the way.
Being an indie traveler means soaking up the culture in the country you are in, whether it’s the place you call home, or thousands of miles away. It means fully immersing yourself with the people, the sights, the sounds. It means learning the language and seeing places that are not on the map.
Being an indie traveler means learning something new while traveling. This is something you learn about the country you are in or about the people who live there. It also means that you learn something about yourself on the journey.
Being an indie traveler means breaking out of your comfort zone and into a new mentality – one where fear is not an option. It doesn’t mean that doing this is easy, it should be hard. But, an indie traveler at least makes the attempt.
Being an indie traveler means that one learns to deal with the negative sides of travel with grace and ease. Delays, lost luggage, stolen items are seen as challenges to be met and adventures to be had. The indie traveler puts worries aside and begins to know there’s reason behind it all.
Being an indie traveler means that you believe that meeting people is the best part of any journey. The people of a country are often the best way to understand the place you are visiting. It also means that meeting people from other countries opens one’s eyes to the world even more.
Being an indie traveler means that you are always willing to take chances and risks. Goals are to never leave a destination with any regrets, no matter what the consequences. It means living life as if there is no chance of tomorrow, knowing that all time is limited.
Being an indie traveler means taking time to put down the camera and take in all of the sights, and not just the tourist ones. It means watching daily life go by on a bus ride, and people-watching in the markets. It means closing your eyes and taking in the sounds. It means using all of your senses to fully explore the country.
Being an indie traveler means being the best version of yourself. Often this is what we become when we travel, which is why most people who travel are indie travelers. If you don’t think you are, it’s time to step back and look at why you travel. What is your motivation? If it’s not to see the world and appreciate all it has to offer, you may want to change that.