How to Travel the World with 10 Pounds or Less
Tim Ferris has discovered after traveling to 30 plus countries that packing minimalism is a real art. It can save you from lugging around heavy bags everywhere you stay so you can freely enjoy your adventure – just you and your backpack.
I practice what I’ll label the BIT methodof travel: Buy It There.
If you pack for every contingencyâ€”â€œbetter bring the hiking books in case we go hiking, better bring an umbrella in case it rains, better bring dress shoes and slacks in case we go to a nice restaurant,â€ etc.â€”carrying a mule-worthy load is inevitable. I’ve learned to instead allocate $50-200 per trip to a â€œsettling fund,â€ which I use to buy needed items once they’re 100% needed. This includes cumbersome and hassle items like umbrellas and bottles of sunscreen that love to explode. Also, never buy if you can borrow. If you’re going on a bird watching trip in Costa Rica, you don’t need to bring binoculars â€” someone else will have them.
Tim also gives other tips on how to get what you want on a tight traveler budget, like negotiating a crazy cheap rate on a rental car or getting last minute dream accommodation in high season.