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A description of how I go about traveling. Basically, moving from country-to-country every few months while only owning a backpack.

Pre-Travel #

Some things that are useful to have / get done before leaving the country. Mostly, these are centered around having a physical address:

Belongings #

My general philosophy is:

  1. Carry as few things as possible
  2. Select items that are replacable

In the past, I’ve bought specific “travel items” that make the optimal travel fit. It ends up being kinda stressful, because you really don’t want to lose your special lightweight travel doodad while abroad without a real permanent address.

The Actual Backpack

My current philosophy is that travel backpacks are too technical and heavy; if I just carry less stuff, then a backpack with less features is just lighter and more comfortable. I do prefer rolltop backbacks, though. Easier to pack-out, and can expand for groceries. My current backpack is a Fjallraven. It’s nice, but I wouldn’t buy it again, just because of price. Also, the yellow one picks up stains super quick, so definitely go dark if you buy this bag. But Fjallraven has been super nice about repairs in the past, so that is some piece of mind.

The Packing List


I generally have one raincoat, one midlayer, 3-5 shirts, 5-ish underwears/socks, 1-2 trousers, 1 pair of black tights, 1-2 pair of shorts. I also carry 1 baseball cap, because it can keep rain from getting on my glasses when it rains. I lose baseball caps almost as much as I lose wireless earbuds.

Other tips:

Some brands I use right now. None of these are cheap, but that’s mostly because I have zero brand-loyalty when it comes to cheaper products. These ones are the reliable brands I turn to for specific things:


I can avoid putting quite a few things on my “packing list”, because I buy things on arrival. Sometimes I’ll carry them with me, but I DEFINITELY don’t try buy any “travel” versions of these things:

Language #

I ALWAYS try to get to at least some super super basic idea of a language before I get there. There have been a couple times where I went in mostly blind, and it’s just stressful.

Mostly, I’m entirely focused on some simple situations, sounding out words, and word recognition. The simple situations are obviously useful. The other two I like working on because it helps me recognize things when I get there, and helps me feel much more confident. Not sure if that’s the “correct” way to learn a language quickly, but when you arrive somewhere, hearing a word you know or being able to read a sign can be really nice, mentally. And when you’re interacting in that language for the first time, confidence is EVERYTHING.

I’m not going to lie, though, the “simple situations” I metioned are basically just food things haha.

I usually try to always order in the local language, then take pictures of restaurant menus, so I can practice food words and order something different later.