Somedays I just want to strip back and simplify the way I travel. Being a blogger doesn’t make that the easiest of tasks (requiring constant internet connection and a device to blog on), but for at least a few trips in the New Year I’m pledging to go tech free and strip back to the bare necessities. One of the best short worded sentences I have ever read in this tech age is that “in order to connect, one must disconnect”. No truer words. So to strip back and connect (be that with the land, the people, your travel partner or just yourself), here’s how to strip back to the bare necessities…
How to Travel with the Bare Necessities
While a phone offers everything these days (torch, compass and least of all a clock), a great idea is to ditch the phone for a short holiday and take time to yourself. Whilst I love the idea of losing track of time, with flights to catch and shows to see, you’d really be kidding yourself not to keep track of time somehow. If you’re looking for a simple-but-sophisticated teller of time with a gorgeous little anchor to signify adventure, I purchased my watch from Kapten & Son.
While the best memories are those you capture with your own eyes, its important to have something to look back on for years to come, which is why I always always always have my camera handy – nearly always on my neck, shoulder or in my backpack. I use an Olympus OMD 5 Mark II with a range of lenses – my favourite being a wide angle and fisheye for something different. Though for instant photo love, I use a Fujifilm Instax.
One thing I have never stopped doing throughout my travels is keeping a journal. Some days that just means a few dot points of things I’d like to remember and some days I’m feeling philosophical, thus leading the way to a 10-page diary style entry. Mine (pictured) is by Graphic Image and its my third from them – they’re such good quality and their travel journals even have maps from popular cities.
Call me old school, but I still love to arrive in a city with an old city map passed on by a friend or a set of instructions scribbled on a napkin or yellow stick-it-note to guide me on my way to my hotel that evening. A map is always a good companion and these days you can get some great fun maps curated to your liking (i.e. they might show the best coffee shops around a city).
Then of course you can’t go far without a passport, relevant travel papers, travel insurance, a plane ticket (one way return is the most exciting) and a willingness to open your heart and mind to whatever it is you are exposed to along the way.
Packing Less is More
In terms of clothes, I can finally say that after years of overpacking I have finally managed to master the art of carry-on luggage for trips of up to two weeks. The only lesson: less is more. Whatever you don’t have when you get there you can always buy on arrival. Thin clothes are also great – like blouses, cotton t shirts and shorts, etc. The only time this becomes difficult is winter – to which my answer is to always wear your coat, heavy jeans and boots on the plane with your light changeable clothes (undies, socks, tops and a spare pare of trousers) in the carry-on case!