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Now back to today’s post.
When I travelled in my twenties, I had no idea what I was doing. My trips were marred by physical clutter and expense. Since then, I have learnt to live minimally. I have thought a lot about how different my travels would have been, had I applied the knowledge I have now. A part of me wants to revisit every destination with my new understanding, and see how different the experience would be.
Today’s post is about how I have adapted minimalism to travel.
I have identified three problem areas that I struggled with when I travelled in my youth.
- Packing. I was guilty of overpacking for every trip in my twenties. At that time, my shopping behaviour was pretty random. Even though I travelled regularly, I never thought about investing in good quality, practical, travel friendly items. Many of the things I owned were heavy, bulky, and lacked adaptability. I never really thought ahead about the versatility of items I purchased. As a result, when I travelled, I often brought specialised items which got little use. In addition, I never really considered the purpose of my trips when packing. I wanted to spend a lot of time outdoors, but I didn’t bring clothing and footwear that was practical for this purpose. I was pretty bad at packing. My suitcases or backpacks were often disorganised, which meant I soon got tired of living out of a bag.
- Style. I don’t know if my baseline level of vanity is normal, but my outfit is always closely linked with the level of my mental well being. I did not like my outfit options when I travelled in the past. I did not feel well dressed, and therefore I did not feel comfortable. In the past I felt that ‘nice’ things were for special occasions, and I considered travel to be rough and messy. I packed ‘comfortable’ items which were lacking in quality. These days, even my comfortable items are nice, because I finally feel like I deserve to feel nice every day, even if I’m just lounging around or working from home. In addition, there was little method to my packing. I was clueless about how to curate my daily wardrobe, so of course I was unable to curate a travel wardrobe. My 2015 trip to Japan was the first time I travelled with a simple tonal wardrobe. If you want more out of your travel wardrobe, be mindful about bringing items that work well together and are of good quality.
- Food. When I travelled in my twenties, my never ending appetite hindered my ability to travel on a tight budget. I was very fixed on how I defined a meal. A meal had to be freshly prepared by someone else, and served to me in a restaurant. Eating out three times a day proved to be expensive, even in places that weren’t that expensive. In addition, eating out requires planning and forethought. I wasted a lot of travel time walking around seeking food. I was used to eating meals that were complicated and prepared with many ingredients. Even when I would decide to prepare a ‘quick’ meal at a hostel, I would purchase a wide range of ingredients. These days my metabolism has slowed down, and I live alone, so I’m used to spending very little effort on preparing simple food. If I were to travel now, I would be spending a lot more time sourcing simple fresh food from foreign supermarkets, and spending a fraction of the money I used to.
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