What is it?
The idea is to build a coalition of Indie-aligned travel ambassadors, to grow as a group of allied businesses by mutual value-add. We want to build businesses with people we respect and enjoy.
We leverage our tools to send our ambassadors on a RTW AirTrek, we leverage our affiliate program to help monetize content for our ambassadors, and we have created an ongoing community vibe with mastermind-style meetups (virtual and soon in real life).
With our history at BootsnAll and AirTreks, we have 30+ years of experience growing and evolving in the travel industry – that means we have strategies and tools and relationships we can share (and we’re always innovating).
As people, we’re profoundly interested in the power of travel to create inclusion by dissolving barriers and building authentic communication.
This is an effort to be the change we want to see in the world.
Rolf Potts is an American travel writer, essayist, and author. He has written two books, Vagabonding and Marco Polo Didn’t Go There, and his travel writing has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Outside, Salon.com, Slate.com, The Guardian, and World Hum. Previously he’s worked with us on the No Baggage Challenge, and is a co-creator of the Indie Travel Manifesto. He has recently created the Deviate podcast, where he has interviewed Tim Ferriss and Ari Shaffir.
Alexa Meisler is a travel writer, podcaster and photographer, published in Portland Family Magazine, Northwest Magazine, Healing Lifestyles and Spas, Oregon.com, Examiner.com and many other outlets. She is the voice of the acclaimed Break Into Travel Writing podcast, and the creator of 52PerfectDays.com.
Chris Christensen is the host of the Amateur Traveler podcast, which has won both a Lowell Thomas award and a SMITTY Award from Travel+Leisure as the “best independent travel journalist.” Among other accolades, the show has been used to teach English as a foreign language at Oxford University, and has been called one of the 10 best travel sites on the Internet by the Chicago Sun Times.