Day 5 of Boots N All’s 30 Days of Indie Travel – Topic: Kindness

One of the greatest joys of travel can be the random acts of kindness you’ll receive from total strangers. Have you ever found kindness from strangers in unexpected places?

I don’t know if I haven’t traveled a long enough time at a stretch or if I’ve just been plain lucky but I’m drawing a blank on any specific instances where the kindess of strangers has made a huge impact. I’ve had people give rides from town up the hill to our hostel, been invited out to hang out with a group within 5 minutes of arriving at a hostel, split a taxi fare to save money, and pooled money to make potluck dinner. All of these things have an element of kindness to them, nothing dramatic, nothing life changing, but these little acts of kindness that you tend to forget about add up and make the difference in a trip. Sometimes it’s the little things that can make all the difference.

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3 Comments

  1. I struggled with this one as well, lot’s of small acts which are wonderful. My nine year old loved the movie Pay it Forward so she always reminds us to go that extra step.

    ciao for now
    Lisa (fellow 30 days blogger(

    • It seems like the extraordinary moments of kindness come in the midst of circumstances that are generally not fun. Often times it is a little amount of kindness in day to day activity that can really brighten someone’s day. I don’t need to be rescued from being stranded and given a place to stay in someone’s home to see kindness, it’s as simple as someone giving you their metro card with a few rides on it instead of taking it home as a souvenir.

  2. I think it was very kind of our couchsurfing host in Cuzco to give us fountains of information, show us around, and be an all around great guy.


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