Long distance travel can be thought of as a sort of evolution, something that moves you forward, literally and figuratively, a grand pursuit bigger than any minor act of eating food or going up in the Eiffel Tower. Not only are you representing your own personal autonomy but also the country whose language you speak, and, without even trying, each footstep is one more tiny victory in the long struggle towards—dare I say—World Peace.
This may seem a little burdensome, to have humanity’s collective future pinned to your shoulders, but the transformative powers of traveling are strong and enigmatic and in a very real way it’s possible glimpse the mystery simply by chatting with a local in a shop on some subcontinent somewhere.
This is indie travel – traveling with diligence, with presence of mind, with ambition, using the a set of values that act to progressively move ourselves and our society forward, and all you have to do is get off planes. Imagine.
The travel community grows everyday and perhaps the first step to adopting the ideas on your own is to enfold yourself within its arms. It’s simply a good idea.
Travel well, people.
[Photo of City Palace, Jaipur, India, by the author]