I’m going to put this out there: I’m a pretty good traveler. I lived out of a suitcase for six months when I was in my early 20s, I’m the kind of person who can go away for a weekend with nothing but a backpack and when airlines decided to start charging for checked bags, I didn’t freak out because a) I rarely fly and b) if I do fly, I usually only bring a carry-on that can get me through.
So despite the fact that I can get through my journeys without packing a blow dryer, I enjoyed reading these pieces that showed a person how to pack for 10 days with nothing but a carry-on and New York hotels that make the hostels I stayed in during my youth look like palatial mansions.
I remember traveling to Rome when I was in college – I was in a group with 12 other students and our travel leaders had picked out a hotel that had one hell of a continental breakfast, but little else in terms of niceties (i.e. – no television.)
“If you’re inside watching TV when you should be outside wandering through the streets of Rome, you have a problem.” Those were the words of one of my travel leaders. And when I think about some of the amazing trips I’ve taken and the great things I’ve seen, I think often of that – when you’re traveling, all you really need is a bed and a shower – the rest of the adventure will be found outside.
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