I like to support other writers and bloggers from time to time by purchasing their book(s). No, I'm in denial! I love to travel and couldn't resist How to Travel the World on $50 a Day by Matt Kepnes, otherwise known as Nomadic Matt. Although I've travelled a lot, and probably some would say, more than is reasonable, I have never done one of the 'take a year off and see the world' journeys. That I've read Matt's blog and that of fellow wanderer, Rolf Potts, demonstrates to me that I probably wish I had taken this leap of faith. I've also signed up to receive regular e-mails from BootsnAll, which designates itself as a one-stop Indie travel centre. Wait, there's a pattern here: Indie author . . . indie traveller. Hmmm.
It's probably no coincidence that these world travellers are single or in a relationship with a like-minded fellow traveller. I can foresee considerable difficulties in travelling with children and it's not likely you'd leave them behind. Then there are your pets. Our lives become complicated with locked-in mortgages, four year car leases, cell phone contracts.
Nowadays, I find I take tours more often than I travel independently. When I look back over my years of independent travel I must confess that I spent too much time getting lost, waiting at bus depots for delayed transportation or, in one situation, heading towards Moscow instead of Copenhagen when the train I had boarded in Paris divided into two sections, unbeknownst to me. I was, of course, in the wrong section.
But, in the end, it all makes for a good story to tell friends and acquaintances or perhaps to use as a plot-line in a book.