Expectations Versus Reality: Minimalist Traveling

After catching up with my family in California, it was time for me to hop on a plane to start my working visa in New Zealand. I packed up my little 28L Cabin Zero backpack and headed to the airport.

I’ve seen so many fashion bloggers get that epic travel photo in front of the airport with their suitcase and their long legs. I decided to try out my own version, because Michael had a suitcase and I thought I could look refined.

This is what I usually expect to look like at the airport as a minimalist:

Expectations versus Reality: Minimalist Traveling

But in reality, I have a backpack, a purse, a water bottle (which is always out), a camera, a jacket, and sometimes even more miscellaneous things.

This is usually what I end up looking more like:

Expectations versus Reality: Minimalist Traveling

The wind seems to always be blowing, I never put my hair up when I should, and though I could pack everything in my backpack, I always keep things out to be accessible. It’s a miracle I haven’t lost my head yet.

Though I feel like I’ve mastered minimalist packing, I haven’t yet mastered the suave airport entry.

Expectations versus Reality: Minimalist Traveling

I am proud that I was able to fit all of my belongings into a 28 liter backpack.

Stay tuned for a post all about what I packed!




Happy New Year! It’s 2017 and I hope that everyone is looking forward to the New Year. I love the energy that a new year brings. Fresh beginnings, a clean start, all of the opportunity that we can create this year – let’s do it!

I can’t wait to see how this year unfolds. I have loads of personal and professional goals lined up, along with a LOT of travel goals! Speaking of which…. Remember a few months ago I mentioned that I was working on an ebook?? Well, it’s finished, and IT’S HERE.

I’ve been working on an ultimate guide to traveling the world – this baby contains all of the answers to the questions I get asked so often, plus lots of tips and tricks for traveling. I’ll give you a sneak peak – here is the table of contents.

  1. Why I Chose Long Term Travel over the American Dream
  1. Preparing for your trip: What to do immediately
  • Bank accounts
  • Credit Cards
  • Savings Plan
  • Travel Insurance
  • Planning Your Trip
  1. How to Pack Only the Necessities & the Gear You’ll Need to Do It  
  1. How to Find the Cheapest Flight & Are ‘Around The World’ Tickets Worth It?
  1. Booking Accommodation
  • Which type of accommodation are you looking for?
  • Long Term Accommodation: How to Find The Best Apartment
  • How to Keep Your Stuff Safe While Travelling
  1. How to Get Around
  • Figuring out Local Transportation
  • Safety on the Road
  1. Saving Money on the Road
  • How to Get Free Tours
  1. So You Want to Travel Long Term
  • Work Visas vs Tourist Visas
  • Making Money Online
  • Getting Your Stuff Together at Home – Opportunities

9. Sample budgets from Thailand, South America, Europe and Australia


As you can see, I’ve covered a LOT of information. This book is 40+ pages full of insight on how to save money to travel, how I used travel hacking to get free flights (and how you can too!) and even tips on keeping your stuff safe while traveling. It’s pretty jam packed!

I know you guys will love the book. I created this because my mission is to help people travel more. Travel has changed my life in the best ways possible and has helped me grow into a better person. I hope that I can help you achieve your travel goals in 2017! Click here to get your copy – I can’t wait to hear what you think about it!





Last Minute [Minimalist] Gift Ideas

It’s almost Christmas! While I’m living an endless summer (currently in Western Australia) and it doesn’t feel Christmas-y at all here, I got a massive reality check the other day when I came home to my housemate putting up a Christmas tree. I checked the calendar and it is less than one week until Christmas. Insane.

Though I don’t typically do presents or gifts for the holidays (I prefer spending time with people who I am close with, plus I travel full time so it’s difficult to have a conventional Christmas), I appreciate that others do. For this reason, I put together a minimalist gift guide [for last minute gift-givers]. As a minimalist, if I were to give gifts, these are the type of gifts I would love to give – and receive!

  1. Give the gift of EXPERIENCE. You really can’t go wrong gifting someone with an experience. Has your brother always wanted to try skydiving? Get him a voucher to jump out of that plane. Your sister loves ice skating? Get her a season pass to the ice rink. Giving experiences is a gift anyone will enjoy. This year for Christmas, my parents are gifting me with a ticket to Rottnest Island – stay tuned for a blog post on that.
  2. Give a DIGITAL gift. This could be something like a digital photo album of memories, an iTunes playlist of songs that remind you of this person, or even a homemade video of you two. This gift really has the ability to tug at those heart strings.
  3. Give the gift of WORDS. I’m a sucker for a handwritten card or letter, and I’m sure most anyone would be thrilled to receive a nice long letter filled with things they are loved for. Bonus points if it’s a card and even extra bonus points if you can include artwork.
  4. Give the gift of TIME. This one is similar to experience based gifts, but now we are talking more about spending quality time together. To give the gift of time, I like to think about what the person really loves to do, and plan out a whole day when you can do it together! The main point of this gift is to spend some good, quality, one on one time together. It doesn’t have to be doing anything fancy – you can take some time out of your schedule to go to the beach, go for a long walk together, or even have this person over for a long cup of coffee or brunch. Pro tip: make sure you both turn your cell phones OFF during this time.
  5. Give the gift of something HOMEMADE. You really can’t compete with homemade gifts. And you really can’t claim that you can’t make anything, especially with the amount of DIY crafts on Pinterest. Some of my favorite things to make for friends (I am the least crafty person ever): hand painted wine glasses, body scrub, simple but cute paintings, or even try to make soap bars. If you are more of a foodie type, create a little basket with everything they would need to try a new recipe. Measure out spices, throw in the necessary grains, and wrap it up in a cute basket. Viola!

I hope my gift guide helps you out with any last minute gifts you still need to create. As I said, I don’t really do Christmas-specific gifts, but these are the types of gifts I like to give throughout the year to friends and family. I wish you a wonderful and very merry Christmas, and would love to hear in the comments below what you are gifting to your friends and family this year!