When my plan to leave the country was first hatched, ten years ago, I was staying in a long term relationship ‘for the sake of the kids.’ He humored me, pretending to be working toward the same crazy goal. I let him pretend. I knew I was probably going solo on this voyage, but I was happy to have something to look forward to in my “empty nest” years. It all seemed very far away.Read More »Travel and the (single?) girl
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I'm Lauren, the founder of Indie Travel Guru. I'm living proof that a life of travel and adventure is available to anyone who wants it. At 40, I was a single mom with no passport, a poverty-level income, and big dreams. At 48, I started traveling the world with everything I own in a backpack. That was in 2013, and I'm still going strong!
What is it like to try to get rid of EVERYTHING you own?
Well, it’s daunting. Utterly overwhelming. And very liberating.
I’ve just begun. I won’t be renting a storage unit, and I don’t want to burden any of my friends or family members with the task of watching over my stuff, so I have to look at every item in my house and ask “Do I want to carry this around the world on my back?”Read More »Unbundling: The beginning
On a first date I once listened to a man — who defines himself as a competitive, serious runner — complain that some women he was meeting online were overly focused on travel in their self-image. He sneered “That’s not a lifestyle, that’s a vacation. Aren’t you NOT traveling more than you’re traveling?”Read More »Knowing your heart