Travel Light as a Minimalist

The minimalist movement has found its way across our society, but where did it start? Travel, that’s where. We have been in the airport dragging a suitcase the size of a 50 inch box TV, struggling to wrestle it into a cab and manage all of our stuff inside. It can be daunting and inconvenient, but never fear there is a better way to travel and pack. If you are familiar with Notorious BIG then you are aware of his proclamation that if you have “Mo money” you have “Mo problems”. This same rule applies to Mo luggage, mo problems. Here is how to minimize what you travel with and live a more minimalist lifestyle on the go.

The root of minimalism is efficiency, so we need to break down a traveler’s basic needs.images-1 Here is one of the basic tools at our disposal, wool. The itchy sweater that your grandma knitted you in the third grade may have upset you then, but if it was a few sizes bigger now you would put it to great use around the world. Wool doesn’t smell bad, it is stink resistant and when you are wearing the same clothing day after day that can save you some offensive odor. It is also great at regulating body temperature by being equally breathable and insulating. Adding to its already impressive attributes, wool also dries very fast in case you are caught in a rainstorm, and an added bonus is you will always look your best because it does not wrinkle!

Moving from outerwear to underwear, stick to the wool train. They dry quickly and are incredibly comfortable for being made from wool. If you easily chaffe, pick up the boxer version to reduce friction.

For entertainment, instead of carrying a huge book around in your bag taking up space, invest in an eReader like Kindle. Not only will you save space, you will save money on each book you buy! They reduce the price because they are not printing paper and killing trees (added bonus!)

Tune in for the next installment of travelling as a minimalist!

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Memorial Day Travel

Memorial day weekend is just a few days away, and for some of us it has already started. This year many projection organizations (AAA) expect traffic to be the worst is has been in a half decade. An estimated 35.5 million people will travel over 50 miles this weekend which is almost a 5% increase from last year. How many of these people will be driving? The vast majority with 33 million likely to be behind the wheel. With lower gas prices, many will take to the roads searching for beaches and popular vacation destinations. To be exact, the average gas price in New England is around $2.65 down from $3.66 last year and $4.08 in 2008. A weather forecast showing that much of the eastern seaboard will be sunny and dry has many soon-to-be travelers excited and equally dreading the car ride.latraffic-article-image-650x365

With the roads surely going to be congested, there are a few tips to help alleviate the stress that can come with having fun on the first beautiful long weekend of the summer.

1. Travel Off Peak
Visiting your family down the shore? Leave late on Friday or before the crack of dawn on Saturday to miss the masses on the roads.
2. Take Mass Transit
The more people that ride in buses, and on trains, the less cars on the road. That means a faster travel time for everyone. Plus it gives you time to put a dent in your beach book on the way, instead of having to drive and focus on the road.
3. Pack snacks or a Lunch
Traffic can be time consuming. To cut down on time you might spend at a rest stop, pack snacks or sandwiches to stay your hunger so the trip can keep moving.
4. Books On Tape
If you need to drive, try a book on tape to help the time pass by. When occupying your mind in a story, it takes it off the time you’re spending in the car. The trip will move faster.
5. Quality Time
Think of the time you’re spending stuck in bumper to bumper traffic as a great bonding experience for whoever you’re riding with. Much of our time is occupied by work, so enjoy what personal time you can manage with your travelling companion.

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