Free chocolate!

When you’re #hitchhiking home and some nice Italian guy gives you a box of chocolates! Yes, I’m back in The Netherlands visiting friends and family here before I’m going on another BIG trip! 😉 #todayisagoodday #winning #Italy #ferrerorocher #hitchhikingaintsobad #hitchhikingaintdead #nicepeople #welcomehome #holland #Maastricht #limburg #iglimburg #mestreech #thenetherlands    651Shares651   

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My Evolution of Packing

I wasn’t always a backpacking traveler. Being from a tiny affluent country in Europe, it’s pretty normal to go on holidays abroad (privilege!) and I personally don’t know any of my fellow same-passport holders who haven’t been abroad. Travel has been a part of my life since birth. Normally, we’d travel by car, giving us plenty of room to bring Stuff™ and sometimes we’d go by airplane. Only for the latter, we’d have to really think about what to pack as there are limits to how much Stuff you can bring. 0. The Carry-A-Corpse Suitcase Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, July 2011. I’m flying to Argentina for five weeks to learn Spanish. My premature birthday present: a huge, lime-green suitcase for checked-in luggage. The weight limit is 23kg and that’s what I’ve loaded into it. Dresses, shoes – yes, even make-up – goes in there. I have to sit on it to close it. I drag the dead weight on the scales for luggage drop-off. Weighing the suitcase at the airport brings the total weight a little under… Read more >

RIP Hiking Boots

Dear Lowa #hiking boots. You’ve served me well in the years mid 2013 till the end of 2014. I have taken you to three continents and tried to treat you the way you deserve to be treated. I’m sorry to have walked holes in you. It was a hard goodbye and your replacements still have Read more >

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