Don’t know about you but I just love travelling, it’s in my blood, it’s in the air I breathe and within the very life of me. I’m the dreaded backpacker with flags sewn everywhere. I don’t stay in the regular tourist hot spots, I burrow deep into the true heart of the place I find myself in, I feel its rhythm, it’s beat, I dance.
Backpacks are good, their weight spreads across your back, but there is only so much one can carry on ones back. I am a backpacker that likes to shop, wear nice shoes and yes I like to buy my clothes in countries other than my origin, there is something about foreign flavour.
So I often set out on my journey with just the one backpack all flagged up with just a shoe box size spare if I’m lucky. When I need to leave my first stop-over in a country, on my way to the next, I always seem to need more space so I either borrow a bag or buy another to fit all my new purchases in. Next stop it’s the same, and so it goes, more and more bags.
If you’re not careful, after a few trips you could quite possible start your very own second hand luggage store with all the bags you’ve collected.
As we travel through life we also pick up bags, either we borrow them from others, get given them or we “buy” them. We are always travelling, always moving forwards in life, what are we doing with that excess baggage? Are we paying the costs like on an airline when you exceed the limit?
Yes, we pay it in emotional turmoil and scarring, there is no way around it. The baggage we carry adds weight and then more weight on our soul, it gets heavier and heavier the longer we carry it. Leave it long enough and we start to feel like Atlas carrying the world on our shoulders. Our knees start to buckle, our shoulders tense up and our muscles start to burn. Soon we find it hard to walk, to breathe, to move, each step forward is agony.
After a few trips overseas my friends and I decided to start the tradition of “floating” bags, when a friend visits and buys too much they take a floater. The person taking the floater then passes it on to the next visitor that visits them…
By sharing our load we in turn lighten it just a little bit, the emotional costs become less.
By unpacking each bag as we get them we lighten our loads, we lighten the load on our soul and on our minds, our lives and on our spirits.
Travel light, it enables you to enjoy your trip more with less hassle, more freedom to move about and explore, more opportunity to be you…
Who would you rather be? The guy on the left or the one on the right?
What will I be packing for my round the world trip? I’ll be taking an empty backpack to fill with warm happy memories, the clothes on my back are fine…
First published May 2008