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So, you’ve got a trip to Europe on the horizon, eh? Wondering what size backpack for Europe is best?
I’ve been there. A week before my trip, three backpacks were laid before me. I’m sitting on a chair in front of them like it’s a group interview.
So, what are your qualifications? And why do you feel you’re a fit for my back on an eight-week European trip?
I’ve been in your shoes before.
It sounds ridiculous, right? Travel fatigue? I can already hear many people groaning and saying, “Oh, cry me a river. I’d love to travel as much as you get to!”
And, I don’t necessarily disagree. Full-time travelers are fortunate.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t negative aspects to this lifestyle. There are pros and cons to everything in life, and travel is no different.
Vietnam is my favorite country on this planet. I’ve mentioned this repeatedly in past posts. That’s why I was so shocked when I read Nomadic Matt’s post about why he’d never return to Vietnam. The swindling, overcharging, and mistreatment left a bad taste in his mouth.
Admittedly, he’s since adjusted and strongly encourages people to visit Vietnam. It’s always great to keep an open mind to things, even if you had a bad experience the first time.
Yet, his post was still an intriguing read to me. As I read, I tried to square the Vietnam he experienced with the one I experienced when I visited in 2017—a full 10 years after him.
I’ll never forget how nervous I was on January 7th, 2012. My stomach was doing more flips than the pancakes I had eaten that morning. My mind wouldn’t stop racing.
And there was no chance I was getting any sleep.
The next day, I would be heading to Barcelona, where I’d stay with a host family for the next few months while I spent a college term studying abroad.
It’d also be the first time I’d live somewhere that wasn’t within 15 minutes of a family member.
Fast forward almost 10 years, and I’m living in Thailand. And I can’t wait to travel more.
World travel has become as regular to me as ridiculous basketball moves are to the Harlem Globetrotters. During this time, I’ve had the opportunity to pick up some tricks of the trade. In particular, I’ve learned very valuable lessons when it comes to what to pack for travel. Packing your bag is one of the most important parts pre-trip, in my opinion. I know my bag has changed a lot since I started, let’s see if yours will as well.