I found a fantastic site via my feed today. It pretty much sum up what travel is and should be about especially for people like me.
The site was a joint collaboration between BootsnAll Travel Network and vagabonding expert Rolf Potts. I think they did a pretty awesome job in defining what travel should and could be about: Discovery, growth & values. The Manifesto is not about telling people how to travel but merely, giving fellow travellers a message of how travel could be like (more constructive & beneficial to everyone) — an opportunity to learn, have fun and embrace life in novel environments and cultures.
Indie travel is about…
- Replacing Broad expectations with nuanced realities.
- Seeing yourself in the context of a rich and complex world.
- Defining your values, exploring your beliefs, and crafting your own meaning for life.
- 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
- Pack light and keep things simple
- Adapt as you go rather than micromanage in advance
- Practice caution, but not paranoia
- 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 my 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 you’ve learned with others
So, how do find these statements? I think it pretty much sum up me. Because …