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A Guide to Souvenirs For The Minimalist Traveler

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A Guide to Souvenirs For The Minimalist Traveler

Are they just pointless knick-knacks, a waste of space in the backpack? Are they designed solely to overcharge tourists or are they a meaningful way to preserve the memory of some of life’s greatest experiences? Whatever your thoughts on souvenirs, they pose a problem for minimalists. On the face of it, it seems that a true minimalist will only pack the bare essentials, but this isn’t necessarily true. Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, who wrote the book on minimalism, define a minimalist lifestyle as choosing your possessions “more deliberately and more consciously.” With that in mind, you can apply...

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Pickpocket Repeller: It's All About Secret Backpack Pockets

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Pickpocket Repeller: It's All About Secret Backpack Pockets

The Crime We’re Up Against As Travelers Let’s jump straight to the facts. Over 400,000 pickpocket incidents are reported around the world each day. In knowing that there is probably an equal amount of additional cases going unreported, it’s safe to say that the art of pickpocketing is alive and well. The most targeted cities around the world don’t bode well for digital nomads. Barcelona, Rome, Prague, Madrid, Paris, Florence, and Buenos Aires all top the list, which all happen to be some of the most popular hubs for digital nomads. Just between the years 2010 and 2012, pickpocketing thefts...

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The Essential Weekend Travel Backpack Checklist For Digital Nomads

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The Essential Weekend Travel Backpack Checklist For Digital Nomads

Funky socks, breathable underwear, your go-to party shirt -- no, you don’t need tips on what to bring on a normal weekend getaway (unless you do). When you’re packing for a work weekend as a digital nomad, your packing list changes a bit. Things are more technical, more serious, and the consequences of slipping up are more dire. Here is our brief packing list on the 9 essential things to bring on your digital nomad weekend.  Reliable Headset/HeadphonesWithout a traditional office, your digital nomad lifestyle probably forces you to work in some less-than-ideal locations. On busses, in loud cafes, on the...

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No Bag Travel? Interview With Packing Manager at DUFL, The App That Packs For You

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No Bag Travel? Interview With Packing Manager at DUFL, The App That Packs For You

“Never pack, do laundry, or drag your bag through the airport again” -- that’s the slogan from the up-and-coming travel services company DUFL. Confused? So were we. DUFL has set out to revolutionize the luggage industry by introducing no bag travel.  Here’s the premise: send your gear and clothes you commonly take on trips to DUFL’s warehouse to be stored and fully insured. Then, when you’re ready to travel, pull up the DUFL app to access your ‘virtual closet.’ Select the items you’d like to take on your trip, and boom -- a pre-packed suitcase is shipped to arrive at...

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What Hannah Jane Parkinson Can Teach Us About Minimalist Packing

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What Hannah Jane Parkinson Can Teach Us About Minimalist Packing

“I have crossed borders with nothing but a rucksack on my back,” writes Hannah-Jane Parkinson in a recent Guardian article. “Travelling is wonderful, but the downsides – with air travel in particular – are easy to acknowledge: the dragging of heavy suitcases (often with a wonky wheel or broken handle); the queueing; the waiting around for luggage – and the potential for it to be lost; the paying extra for, seemingly, everything.” Air travel is one of the necessary evils of modern travel, and if you do it often enough, something worth trying to hack. As someone who’s been travelling...

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What Joan Collins Can Teach Us About Minimalist Packing

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What Joan Collins Can Teach Us About Minimalist Packing

It’s one of the stand-out images of the 1980s. Joan Collins stands proudly next to her five pieces of Louis Vuitton luggage. She places a hand lightly on a holdall, as a red blazered porter struggles under the weight of it, probably thinking of his tip. Travelling with this much luggage is about as far away from ‘packing light’ as it gets. I’m talking about a time when greed was good and conspicuous consumption ruled supreme. But times change, and even Joan Collins doesn’t travel like that anymore. In fact, when I read a recent Guardian interview with the Diva,...

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What Mr. Bean Can Teach Us About Minimalist Packing

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What Mr. Bean Can Teach Us About Minimalist Packing

When one thinks of minimalist travel, Mr. Bean probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. If we're being honest, we're more likely to associate Rowan Atkinson's character with comedic hijinks than the latest in travel trends. Do a little bit of digging, however, and it's clear that this jester can teach us a thing or two about ultralight travel packing.'Mr. Bean Rides Again' – the sixth installment of the Mr. Bean TV series – puts our protagonist in some sticky travel situations. Along the way, he does his best to assemble what we think is a worthy attempt...

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Efficient Stress-Free Travel Starts With This

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Efficient Stress-Free Travel Starts With This

Pre-Departure Planning"Everything you own must be able to fit inside one suitcase; then your mind might be free." Charles BukowskiAn efficient travel experience starts well before you've even set foot on a plane, bus or taxi. It all begins by deciding what you're going to bring with you and what you're going to leave behind. As a seasoned traveller, you know what to pack, but you also know that travelling lighter makes it easier to stay organized. There may be times when it's tempting to carry everything, but with a little bit of pre-departure planning, we'll show you how to...

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