3 years ago I threw out or sold all of my belongings, moved my life into a backpack, and began my travels around the world..
I am still going. As I write this I am sitting on a plane making my way from LA to Auckland, NZ and I cant stop thinking about the freedom that this “minimalist” kind of lifestyle has bought to me.
My life consists of 3 bags:
– My backpack which holds less than 20kg of clothes, shoes, etc.
– A day pack which holds my laptop, hard drives, chargers, kindle, and camera equipment.
– A small camera bag, which holds my cameras and batteries.
I have enough stuff to keep me warm and dry through those cold winter days in Canada, or while tredding through the muddy jungle in Thailand.. But also to look good enough to eat out at a 5 star restaurant.
Although I don’t have too much room for fashion or outfit creativity. I have more than enough to get by without feeling limited in any way.
But this “freedom” I am talking about goes much deeper than clothes or gadgets.. It’s a lifestyle choice that holds a lot of benefits.
Now before I dig in, I want to be clear.. I do not claim myself to be a “minimalist”. I feel like that would have too many rules and regulations to live up to from the people who do.
I believe being a minimalist, or living with as little baggage as possible can reap many rewards.. And being a minimalist should mean reducing your life’s clutter, both physically and mentally.
Here’s how minimalism has given me freedom.. Perhaps you could give a few of these ideas a try:
I sleep on the street most nights…. ‘Just kidding’.
I do not have any one house or apartment, and my accommodation changes often. But I will usually aim to travel to one place for a month before going to the next.
With each location I will rent out an AirBNB. If you don’t know what that is, basically you are renting someones fully furnished house or apartment and pay per night, or month for your stay.
It can be a little more expensive than if you were to rent a house for a year. But the flexibility to travel is perfect.
The best part, is that every place you go is fully furnished with everything but food.. and because you have all of your belongings with you each place instantly feels like home.
When you think of your dream apartment or home, what does it look like?
– Maybe you want a little beach front cabana that sits over the Caribbean Ocean.
– Or a beautiful high rise apartment overlooking the city of Vancouver.
– Or maybe something in the bush like a small shack in Pai, Thailand..
I have lived in them all, and each place has been great in its own way.
The reason I like living like this, is I have no bills to pay like electricity and water etc.
I just turn up and leave when I please..
*The view from my AirBNB in Spain
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