The joy of minimalism

My Dad used to say "When traveling you'll probably don't need 50% of what you've packed". I think we all know about the problem of overpacking when traveling. When I travel I never book checked baggage on my flights. I only take a backpack with me and I’ve never regretted it. It is important to differentiate between "what do I really need", "what could I need and cannot buy cheaply" Asking yourself these questions make it a lot easier to only pack the necessary things.

Something important to realize is that no purchase will ever satisfy you for a long period of time. Ever had that constant need to get that new thing 👜. But when you finally got it it's not as amazing and joy-bringing as you thought it would be? Remember that money is only a tool and

"The best things in life aren't things."

The author (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi) of Flow says that in order to live a fulfilling life you have to experience (he uses the word “flow” to symbolize the word experience) as much as possible.

You probably have experienced flow at some point in your life:

"The state in which people are so involved in an experience itself that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it"

It can be writing, drawing, music or any other activity. I can definitely recommend this book if you want to know more about this. When traveling you are gonna experience that relationships, good conversations with other travelers or locals are often the most rewarding and joy bringing ones.

"life is about memories, not things."

So summing up I always like people to imagine a gallery of pictures 🖼, like a museum. You will see it after you die. What will be in the pictures? Is it you buying a fancy house or sitting in an expensive car? Most of the time it will be an experience where you got out of your comfort zone and just followed your heart.

That in mind just try removing all unnecessary stuff out of your backpack 🎒. I actually really love when my maximum weight is only 5kg. I simply can't take any unnecessary stuff with me. Also, you always have to keep some place for souvenirs and all the things you will take with you while you are traveling. It could be a new t-shirt or anything else connected to a special experience or shampoo. You will definitely not regret leaving some space while traveling.

Traveling is learning at the highest level. So all this can be used in normal life too. The fewer things you have the happier you will be - in theory. It will be a mind-blowing experience coming back from a long trip and realizing that you don't need 90% of all the things lying around in your house.

Fabi