The more I travel, the more I realize that an itinerary is just something to do during the day. It doesn’t have much to do with why I travel, or why I enjoy my travels. That doesn’t mean, however, that I’d be better off without my itinerary. It gives my trip structure and gets me up in the morning. Here’s how my itinerary works for me.
I’ve recently been paring down my home wardrobe to be more like my minimalist travel wardrobe. I’ve noticed that one of the characteristics that my travel clothes all have in common is that they’re durable. Unlike my regular clothes, they still look almost-new and haven’t developed any unsightly holes. Only problem is, durability costs money. So how do you find durable clothing, and how do you convert your wardrobe on a budget? Here’s my strategy.
No one visits Washington, D.C. for the weather. It was built on a swamp, which isn’t uncommon as far as cities go, but there’s something offensively swampy about D.C. overall. The summers are ghastly, and the entire year is prone to sudden, drenching downpours. Add in the droves of tourists that flock to the city to soak in its historic and political significance, and you’ve got an exhausting, sticky mess. That’s how I felt after my first couple visits, anyway. I’ve since been back a few times and actually enjoyed my time there. Here are some places I’d recommend visiting.
In 1963 Dervla Murphy set out from Ireland with her bicycle (“Roz”), a .25 pistol, a map, and a compass. Her goal: to reach India by cycling through France, Italy, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Persia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. We can’t replicate her journey today, but we still can (and do) take “escapist” or “off the beaten path” journeys that force us to rethink how we live, interact, and get around. And I think the experiences and observations Murphy describes in Full Tilt are just as if not more crucial for today’s escapist travelers to absorb.
These days, long-distance American train travel is for dreamers. Here are my tips for making the most your Amtrak trip, whether you’re riding in coach or sleeper class.
I complete my 12 Minimalist Packing Essentials series with my day bag and backpack (animated!).
In Part Four of my 12 Minimalist Packing Essentials series I talk about nearly everything else: cosmetics, journaling tools, my phone, and snacks and water.
In Part Three of my 12 Minimalist Packing Essentials series I talk about the remainder of my mini-wardrobe: shirt and sweater layers, pajamas that double as a baselayer, and shoes.
In Part Two of my 12 Minimalist Packing Essentials series I talk about my quest for the perfect travel pants.
I’m currently on a 3-month around-the-country (mostly by train) trip, the country being the USA. It seemed like a good time to update my packing list with the twelve items I now consider essential. In Part One I cover items one and two: my waterproof and soft shell jackets.
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