True Minimalist Travel – Part II | A Lesson, Transition & Obsession

True Minimalist Travel – Part II   |   A Lesson, Transition & Obsession

Why travel with nothing but a bum bag? When you travel, you must chose something to carry your luggage. The size and type really depends on your needs. There’s the suitcase and inconvenient duffel bag. But for many a large backpack is often enough. A smaller one is even better when long-term comfort and flexibility are of importance. So why only a bum bag? Why not just take a backpack? The obsession began during my first ever trip. We have to go back six years.. I was hiking in Norway. Living in a tent for 4 months, I depended on outdoor equipment. But I also packed the unnecessary things and way too many of them. I had slowed down my adventures, making those precious experiences more challenging than they already were. Instead of preparing and testing out the fully loaded backpack before I left, I’d unintentionally sabotaged my own trip. I spent much of that chapter trying to drastically minimise my camping set-up. Routinely examining the weight and bulk of every object I’d forced upon my shoulders. Which without, I found a far greater sense of freedom. I could move more. I could see more. Now, I could truly travel the world. My goal was never to carry a silly amount of belongings around in foreign countries. My goal was always to explore these new places and embrace them as much as possible. I soon realised how the things I carried were simply tools which allowed me to do just that. From this point on, if I didn’t absolutely need the item, it was gone. This transition eventually turned into an obsession. Originally, I wanted as many comforts as I could fit into my pack. Attached to and scared to be without reminders of home. Back then, I believed I may as well fill the airline’s weight allowance. But now, I wanted to see how little I could live with. My following travels took a drastic turn. And this time, I started doing things the easy way, paying for transport and accommodation. This meant I didn’t need any of the bulky camping gear, which got me thinking.. ..what do I actually need? I narrowed it down to just a few things: the important things – Passport, Bank cards the wardrobe things – Shirt, T-shirt, Leggings, Underwear, Trainers the bathroom things – Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Shampoo, Razor, Nail clippers, Tweezers the electronic things – Phone, Earphones, Charging cable, Wall plug the extra things – Glasses, Sunglasses When I switched to the bum bag, it made me interact with the world differently. Now I was 100 percent focused on experiences. ok, go! I waved goodbye to my friend, when he left with my backpack and everything in it. No more backpack, No more extra t-shirts, No more swim shorts, No more flip flops, No more travel towel, No more camera, No more.. Empty handed in Prachuap Khiri Khan, I walked back to my room full of excitement over what I’d just done. next station: Paulista

17 thoughts on “True Minimalist Travel – Part II | A Lesson, Transition & Obsession

  1. Yay! Thanks so much for uploading part 2. Have been really looking forward to it and will probably rewatch it a few times as I've been thinking about what I really need and planning my own luggage free trip πŸ™‚

  2. The editing and quality of this video is amazing πŸ™‚ I noticed at the end of the video, it says there will be a part 3 coming. Already looking forward to it πŸ™‚

  3. I'm obssessed with the subject of living simply and reducing my belongings. Love your video! Can't get enough.

  4. amazing video, great editing and filmography. i really like what you’re doing and i find it very inspiring! i will be looking forward to part 3!

  5. While this video is certainly on the artsy side I will say I thoroughly enjoyed it. This guy is an exemplary minimalist, creative, and he brings up excellent points in this series of videos.

  6. Amazing. Two questions though…. what about deoderant and what about a hoodie or something for when your cold? I freeze constantly even in warm climates with air on… I can't imagine not having a hoodie to wear.

  7. I know it’s kind of personal, but would you be willing to make a video on how you afford this lifestyle and make it financially sustainable for long periods of time? Thanks for considering!

  8. So inspiring, I was raised by people who could never let anything go, yet at the same time, were never prepared for emergencies. This has led to a lifetime of struggling with a very much wanted minimalist lifestyle, and learning how to travel with only the absolute necessities. So thank you, your videos are not only beautiful but help me lighten my life and what I carry daily.

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