Minimalist Travel: Mantra Of The Modern Day Traveler

The whole point of a road trip or jetting off to a spiritual escape to India or Nepal or an enlightening trip to Italy or France is about leaving all that baggage behind, isn’t it? Then why carry it with you all the time?

Travelling light is the new rage for travel junkies and an added incentive is that you can justify the Scrooge in you. Memories are created not by posing for it, but when nobody is looking. Here are a few tips to get you started. Jot it down. Oh, well, we are travelling light aren’t we, just remember the tips, will you!

Plan your schedule

Minimalist travel not only means travelling lighter but also bidding good-bye to travelling headaches over last minute plan changes during the holiday. Do the research and the reconnaissance, if possible; hearsay will suffice too. And, then plan your schedule so you have enough breaks in between trips. You know your body better than the travel guide does.

Light weight knocks-out the Heavy weight

The mantra of a minimalist traveler is to travel light. That way, you don’t have to fret over missed articles in your backpack and a hassle free plane ride without the hassles of claiming your baggage or it gets lost. Remember, if you have a credit card or an ATM card, you can just buy stuff as and when you need them.

Clothes not wardrobe

You don’t have to pack dresses for every occasion for a sojourn into the unknown because no one’s watching and if they are, they don’t care. The key here is to wear one and pack another. Remember, two is company, three is a crowd. So a couple of t-shirts, pants, underpants and flip-flops/shoes and socks would do. Sunglasses help. Pack your swim suits in case you want to go surfing in Todos Santos, Mexico or diving and exploring the abundant marine life in Ibo Island, Mozambique or just swimming in the exquisite beaches of Bali.

Gadgets: Friends or Foes?

There is nothing that can wear you down like gadgets in your backpack can. But, they are indispensable, aren’t they? So, like your gadgets, think smart. Pick out gadgets from your trove that can serve multiple purposes, maybe not better than the individual gadgets alone, but are nevertheless, functional. For example, an iPod touch can be used for music, translator, dictionary, notepad and if you are fortunate enough to get a WiFi connection, you have your GPS and e-mail checking device too. Do away with the chargers. If you are taking a laptop or a netbook et al. , use it to charge your devices when it is charging. A camera with a flip video is a must if you want to capture the breathtaking view of the city of London and the river Thames from atop the Shard, which is London’s tallest building.


A backpack trumps a rolling carrier anytime. You don’t have to drag it around like the latter. Choose your backpack carefully, so that it has enough pouches for all your essentials and looks small but has room for more and more and some more.

Skip non-essentials

Soaps, shampoos, conditioners will all be available at your destination. And, so will be sunscreen, mosquito repellants if you want to camp-out.

Photo by joiseyshowaa on Flickr.

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