Looking at our highlights from 2011, we realise we have a lot to be thankful for. Most of all, thanks to you — the Indie Travel Podcast Community — for inspiring us, for funding us, for talking to us every day.

If it wasn’t for you, Indie Travel Podcast would have died a long time ago. Instead, it’s growing.

Listen to this podcast about our travel resolutions for 2012, or find episode 222 in iTunes:

Wherever you go, go with all your heart

~ Confucius

I think Confucius had it right. There are times to hold back, to protect yourself, but there are also times to open up and charge ahead. If you’re trying to live life on the road, if you’re trying to start a business, if you’re saving for your dream trip; then get the plan right and go! Go with all your heart.

The Indie Travel Podcast Community

Cake for New Years!

This has been the first full year of running the social network and travel forums that we call the Indie Travel Podcast Community. Like anything new, there have been some teething problems, but we’re happy to see so many people asking questions, sharing knowledge, chatting away.

Indie Travel Podcast Community gives back

With the help of a little English teaching, we’re scraping by and able to fund our life on the road. But we all want to do more than that.

If we had big profits we’d be starting a foundation, but we don’t… So we work with you on and Kiva. In 2011, US$8,000 has been loaned to individuals, collectives, and micro-businesses throughout the world. Since we started at the end of 2010, $8,425 has been loaned through the Kiva team. Well done, Indie Travel Podcast Community!

The crazy thing, is that all that money has been generated by a team of only 15 people! I think we should have more than that next year? How about you? Click here to join our Kiva team, and we’ll try to double our loans in 2012.

By the numbers…

So how does Indie Travel Podcast look at the end of 2011?

Podcasts: 221
Community members: 729
Friendships per member: 1.35
Forum posts: 196
Total Kiva donations: US$8,425
Total Posts: 857
Total Pages: 145
Total Books: 5
Visitors in 2011: 362,500
Visitors since 2006: 758,100
Pageviews in 2011: 651,795
Pageviews since 2006: 1,514,000
Facebook community: 2,675

(All numbers estimates, as this was written on December 29th!)

Where are we at the end of 2011? In Auckland, New Zealand

So thank you to the 362,500 visitors we’ve had this year, and 729 community members for making this a fun place to come back to!

Our 2012 resolutions

This year we’d like to travel slowly — at least at first. We want to get a bit more immersed, and we’ve chosen Spain to try and make that happen.

In late February, we head towards Seville, Spain via Christchurch, Kuala Lumpur, and London. Then it’s the Camino de Santiago! The Via de la Plata, to be exact. We hope to finish on our 10th wedding anniversary: April 20th.

Then the immersion will start. We’ve picked a small city in Galicia, Spain to start with, and hopefully we can make things work there. We want it to be a time of work, friends, and fun. Linda wants to teach English, Craig wants to learn to surf. We hope to spend the summer there, but after that… We really don’t know!

On the table for the last few months of the year are: travelling Europe; heading down to north Africa or into the Middle East; crossing back to South America; or dropping down to South East Asia or the Pacific. I guess we’ll just have to figure it out when the time comes.

And you?

What are your plans or resolutions for travel in 2012? Are you saving? Are you going? Are you doing things differently? Let us know!

Your thoughts on "Thank you, Indie Travel Podcast Community! New Years resolutions podcast"

  • I am so proud to be a member of this community. Somehow, I always find a warm atmosphere in here, and all credits for maintaining this community so lovingly and with passion goes to the wonderful hosts of this site. THANK YOU Craig and Linda for this lovely community where we get to learn so much from fellow travelers all over the world and share a bit of our knowledge too! I look forward to many more years of interaction and association with this community :) Happy New Year, Happy and safe traveling!!!

    on January 5, 2012 at 12:31 am Reply
    • Thanks Arti! We hope you have a great 2012. (People can check out Arti's Indie Travel Podcast posts at https://indietravelpodcast.com/members/artis/posts/)

      on January 5, 2012 at 1:06 am Reply
  • I just want to thank you Craig and Linda for this happy visit to India.We all Indians are honored.I am really very happy to see both of you smiling and sharing good thoughts with us.Thanks for it.Come back soon.

    on January 5, 2012 at 12:49 am Reply
  • Was a late entrant to this community, missed the real time fun. I'm glad I would be there this year to follow you guys (I meant your podcast and posts :-)) There's a wish to travel around the world but the bank won't give me overdraft facility, so would be trekking all the forts in Maharashtra, India. Eagerly waiting to hear and feel your new experiences.

    on January 5, 2012 at 7:05 am Reply
    • Hi Suraj, good luck saving for the next jaunt! I think things will be running a bit tight for us this year as well, but I think we can do it! Make sure you share some of your Maharashtra photos with us! Would love to see them.

      on January 5, 2012 at 3:10 pm Reply

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