Baggage – Day 16 of the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project

Mental baggage can weigh us down as much as physical baggage when we travel. How do you travel lightly – either emotionally or physically?
Traveling lightly is the way to go on both mental and physical realms. The more stuff you have the more stuff you have to worry about. Likewise for dealing with the mental challenges and aspects of traveling, if you’re weighed down with worries or itineraries or pressue of must see’s or must do’s then it can make the trip much less fun.
I find that traveling lightly physically transfers into traveling lightly mentally. You don’t have to worry if your gear will fit into the back of the old school bus. If you’re running late for the next leg of travel it sure helps to not have too much weighing you down so that the sprint to the train station doesn’t seem like an Olympic event. Less baggage means less taxi fees,  traveling lightly enables you to navigate the streets, subways and sidewalks in a more efficient manner and keeps you from being the jerk taking up the whole sidewalk with your backpack, rolling suitcase and day bag.
Traveling lightly mentally for me means choosing your travel companions wisely. Nothing can bum a trip out more than someone who’s not flexible or who like to lay down the guilt card if you can’t agree on what to do/see/eat. I find that clearly establishing the “it’s okay to go your way and I’ll go mine” rule before heading out on a trip usually heads off any drama or mental baggage the you may have to deal with for the remainder of the trip if X person didn’t get to see Y cathedral.
A trip should be fun, a break from all the normal crap you have to put up with at home. Don’t get weighed down with things you don’t need. Traveling lightly both physically and emotionally will tip the odds in your favor of the trip being great instead of just good.

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