I might ask, “Are you a wanderer?” The folks at BootsnAll Travel Network ask, “Are you an indie traveler?” We’re asking the same thing.
BootsnAll have gone a step further and put together the Indie Travel Manifesto.
The Manifesto is a community-curated statement that defines a particular type of travel – one that emphasizes making meaningful connections, seeing the world as a complex and nuanced place, and learning to slow down, listen, and create your own meaning for life based on your first-hand experience of the world around you.
Their goal isn’t to create another “tourist vs. traveler” debate or argue about what style of travel is best, but rather to give a name to this type of travel and create an open community for the people and companies that support and relate to it.
The Manifesto is made up of 23 statements. A few that rise to the top for me include:
- Slow down and enjoy an experience
- Practice courtesy, patience, humility, and good humor.
- Seek to understand — not judge or romanticize — other cultures.
- Pack light and keep things simple.
- Options over possessions.
- Share what you learn.
I’m a wanderer. I’m an indie traveler. Are you? Click here to connect with the community, sign the Manifesto, and take part in the discussion at Indie Travel.