If you have lived abroad more than once you have certainly learned to pack light and to be detached from material possessions.
If you’ve never had the experience of packing your life in a suitcase or two, I’ll tell you what it looks like: the first time, you think it’s impossible and you think you need much more than you actually do and things will never fit (doesn’t that suitcase look smaller inside?).
You have to let go of things!
When I left home for the first time, I did a complete clean up as I packed. I donated, threw away and even burned stuff. It was a great ritual that helped me let go and set out to create a new life.
While abroad, I learned to think twice before buying anything. Do I really need this? Will it fit in my suitcase?
I learned to live with less objects and more feelings.
It gives more lightness to life.
- Where in the world do you want to travel?
- What cultural experience are you looking for?
- How far does your budget stretch?
- How key is your communication?
- Do you depend on certain services and amenities?
- How important is your food?
After travelling the USA and part of Europe, now I want to experience different and “exotic”.
I’m open-minded and adaptable. I don’t mind being somewhere where I don’t speak or understand the language. We always manage a way to communicate. I’m not picky and I can stay at youth hostels, campsites or couch surf. I will try (almost) any food and drink.
My new adventure plans include Japan, Africa, Thailand, India – to experience life as I’ve never seen it.
And my list of travel essentials is always light and practical:
- Passport, visa and other documents.
- Money, credit card.
- Laptop, camera, cell phone.
- Basic shoes and clothes.
- Basic hygiene products.
- Basic first-aid (e.g. band-aids and aspirin).
- A couple of books.
- An adventurous and free spirit.
- An open mind and willingness to learn.
- A judgment-free mindset.
What's in YOUR suitcase?