Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Joy of Minimalism: Traveling the World with Only Carry-On Luggage

The Joy of Minimalism: Traveling the World with Only Carry-On Luggage

Hey there, earthlings.

I’ve embarked upon my journey. I’m traveling to at least 5 different countries and for at least 2 months. Basically being a professional nomad.

And as you can see from the picture, I’m not bringing much; just a small duffle bag and backpack.

I packed so little that I’m only traveling with carry-on luggage.

My packing strategy:

1) I only brought the absolute necessities – One pair of shoes, 8 pairs of socks and boxers, 7 nice, versatile t-shirts, one long sleeved short (I’m not going anywhere cold), one extra pair of pants, one pair of khaki shorts, one bathing suit, a few toiletries, my laptop and a couple books. That’s basically all I packed. what else do you really need?

2) I rolled my clothes up, instead of folding them – With the rolling method, you can pack much more clothing into a small duffle bag, and with less wrinkles.

I absolutely love the feeling of owning no more than I can carry. It’s so freeing.

The more things you own, the more things own you.

“Live light, travel light, be the light.” – Yogi Bhajan

This is a metaphor for life as well: Excess baggage weighs you down.

I believe that life is best lived when you’re “like water.” Water is flowing, dynamic and flexible. And having a lot of baggage, whether physical or emotional, hinders this state of being.

Minimalism is freedom. And minimalism is conducive to living in the moment, without the burden of excess baggage.

Experiences > Stuff

Experiences are far more fulfilling than things. Experiences create lasting happiness and catalyze personal growth.

The debate of experiences vs stuff has been well studied too. When someone buys a new car, they get an initial happiness boost because it’s new. But after a couple months, it loses its novelty factor. And like a fiend, this person will need another fix and buy something else to chase happiness.

Accumulate experiences, not stuff.

I’ll keep this post light as well and end it here.

Stay tuned for some fun travel blogging.

Much love from Marseille, France.

– Stevie P!

The Joy of Minimalism: Traveling the World with Only Carry-On Luggage

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