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Everyone’s level of location independence is different. Some love the idea of going off to places that are drastically different from their own, some would prefer not to go beyond their comfort zone. But you know, you really have no idea what you are capable of until you go and experience it for yourself. A person I recently met just moved to China and thought they could put themselves into very unfamiliar situations, only to find themselves eating nothing but American food for the past two weeks.
Now should you go and pack your life to another place, only to hate it? No, I’m certainly not saying that. If you’re thinking about moving anywhere, try doing a small vacation first. Let me warn you: visiting a place is NOT the same as living somewhere. But at least if you visit somewhere, it can at least give you an idea what it’s like. For example, I wanted to at one point to live in Thailand. After spending a few days in Bangkok, I realized I really hated the humidity. I thoroughly enjoyed my vacation there, and I learned that I probably can’t be there long term.
If you’re not looking to travel, what does your idea of a vacation look like? For me these days, I’d love to lay on a beach somewhere, but I’m perfectly happy at home vegging out with my husband. Now that our time off is different, that’s most likely what I’ll do. I’m not picky.
Ok, let’s get back to traveling. When you’re on the road, you’d want to pack as light as possible. But you’d also want to make sure you have your bases covered. It’d be easy for me to compile a list of stuff you need to pack, but obviously it depends on your situation.
Apart from clothes, here’s what you’d need to think about when on the road:
-Medication: do you have any allergies? Is there special medication where you need a prescription?
-Phrase book: are you going to be in a country where English is not widely spoken?
-Snacks: Will you be on transportation for a while and need something to munch on? Do you have food allergies you need food in case you can’t find anything to eat?
-Shoes: Ok, it’s technically clothing, but will you be doing a lot of walking?
-Toiletries: Do you have sensitive skin? Will you be in remote places and can’t easily access basic items, such as shampoo and soap?
-Photos of friends and family: Do you need reminders of home in case you gee homesick or need conversation starters with strangers?
-Camera: Will you get something chunky, like a DSLR, or something compact, so you can go diving with it (or the like)?
-Reading material: Will you have a Kindle, or some other way of getting books?
That’s it from me: What other advice would you have for people who want to travel the world? What would you pack?