Paraty 5.24.17

After 9 months away, it seems like a good opportunity to assess some travel gear choices I made prior to departure. Most important to me, I did not overpack. Every few weeks I meet other travelers who compliment me on the size of my 40L, 11kg pack. This compliment is quickly followed by a statement like, “My bag is…

Bangkok 2.2.17

New, pretty, clean gear purchased in Minnesota prior to departing 6 months ago, is appropriately dirty, torn, discolored and worn. Arriving in the western and cosmopolitan city of Bangkok, Thailand, I had the opportunity to replace clothes and restock toiletries. This post is an update on my gear. I bought jeans at The Gap and donated this pair to the…

Banlung & Phnom Penh 11.24.16

I am approaching four months of travel and I have also entered a slightly cooler climate. Now I wear jeans and my light dresses stay in my bag. My gear is holding up but starting to show the wear of travel. My white clothes have a grey/brown undertone, even when they are fresh from the wash. I am planning…

Halong Bay 10.4.16

  Coming up on two months away, I have been backpacking long enough to appreciate small, and funny, details about hostel life. I am also adding and subtracting items from my bag. Funny things that get me excited: Hostels that provide towels at no extra charge! Hotels with shampoo and body wash in the showers! Hostels with free…