Documentary: Without Bound

One way you could describe early retirement is that it is an alternate lifestyle. That is, a lifestyle different from what is normal. Vandwelling is another alternative lifestyle. It is a fascinating, unique, and beautiful lifestyle in my opinion and if you haven’t heard of it, I urge you to look it up.

Whether you’ve heard of van dwelling, vannin’, overlanding, van living or not, you should give this documentary a watch. I won’t go into much detail, other than what you’re about to see is an incredible example of human nature, living life, and freedom. Enjoy!

-Mike

Travel Smart – Weigh Your Things

When I begin packing for a trip, these are some of the things I consider when choosing the contents of my backpack:

  • Weather for the time I’m there (temperature and possible adverse conditions)
  • Different activities I may want to partake in
  • Will I need clothing to enjoy the nightlife
  • Am I doing any business there?
  • Transport methods I plan to use

There are a lot of factors, but one of the most important ones for me is weight. Sometimes when you pack a bag, you try to fill it to ensure you have everything you could possibly need to meet all of the above scenarios.

Before you know it, your bag is 20kg and you have to hike 5km to your hostel from the main transit hub. You’re going to be sore, tired, and possibly injured by the time you make it there. Do yourself a favour and weigh your bag before you leave. Look at all of the things you’re bringing, and see if there is any easy weight you can drop.

A 25 gram keychain, a 125 gram portable speaker, a 350 gram book may not seem like a lot but leaving them at home will save you from carrying around a half of a kilogram. Leave out a couple t-shirts, your 3rd pair of shoes, and bring a smaller camera and you’ve saved 3kg. Reducing weight will make you more agile, and leave you in better shape to go further on your travels.

Personally, I like to use a food scale to check the weight of all of my items to see a better breakdown of what the total weight of my bag is made up of. Most of the weight so from clothing, so ditching a heavy pair of jeans and a sweater for some layers and chinos is an easy way to have more outfits with less weight.

Protip: Bring one beat up shirt with you that you can leave behind if you need some extra room on the way home. This also comes in handy if you’re going on a hike/need to get dirty.

-Mike

Travel Smart – One Bagging

In 2013, I took my first trip to Europe and it changed my life. I fell in love with travel of all forms and I haven’t stopped since. During my sedentary days, I spend a lot of time researching travel and hunting for my next great adventure.  My favourite podcast has to be the https://indietravelpodcast.com/ .

From the indie travel podcast, I heard all of the benefits of travelling with a single bag and I have followed through ever since. Currently, I am using a Venturesafe 45L GII and I absolutely love it.

I can use my backpack to haul groceries, as a weekender and, of course, as the best travel pack money can buy. The security features alone are worth the money. You can’t put a price on piece of mind. Seriously, if you’re going to spend money on something, spend it on your mental well being.

You’ll end up washing clothes more often, but travelling with less is amazing. Less things to lose, less stuff to lug around a country, and you always have hands free. The money you save on checked bags will pay off your backpack in no time. Create a list of what you need, now look at that list again and be truthful, you probably don’t need all of it. I’ve travelled for 3 weeks with my bag, and managed easily. I’m leaving for a month at the end of the year, and have no doubt it will work just as well.

If you want to learn more, from more qualified people, my friends at /r/onebagging are a great resource to learn more.

-Mike