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Your Mini-Guide On How To Be A Minimalist Traveller

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Minimalist Packing

The Minimalist Traveller packs only what she/he needs. The What-if thinking has made us all pack multiple bags that made our trips heavy… physically and mentally. Long holidays require small backpacks. Allow yourself to be free and truly enjoy the places you visit by becoming a minimalist traveller.

These little tips will help you decide what to and what not to eliminate. 

 

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“He who would travel happily must travel light.” Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

A Small Bag Helps

Every minimalist traveller starts packing with a small bag in hand. Of course, the more space you have, the more unnecessary items you end up packing.

 

Can’t decide what to leave at home? These three questions will automatically make your bag lighter…

  • Items not used on the last trip? 

Like the extra formal dress you packed, the heels you did not bother looking at, your own shampoo, 5 packets of chewing gum, ( you better not take that to Singapore … ), a different accessory for every dress you packed, the list is endless.

Consider packing one pair of shoes that are good for your trip. This means choosing something that allows comfortable exploration. 

 

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  • Is there a habit you want to let go of?

This “habit” could be as innocent as curling your hair every morning, or could simply be eating a lot of packaged items like chocolates, gums and Nachos. 

Minimalist travellers embrace their natural look whenever travelling. So their Toiletries-bag ends up being lighter than those who regularly style their hair. Also, enjoying the local cuisine would help enhance your experience of visiting the places on your itinerary.

  • Is there a smaller version of the things I use?

Consider swapping books you want to read while travelling with e-versions on your phone. It is also useful to create a check list for your essential items.

The Mindset of a Minimalist Traveller

Bringing memoirs back from trips has always been a cool thing to do, and has been a trend for a long time. So has our need to stick to things for mental comfort, which makes our life cluttered. Buying a lot of things along the way will reduce the ease with which you travel, especially on a long trip with multiple destinations.

 

Minimalist Travellers usually avoid buying items on trips until necessary. Consider making this your Mantra!

Want to know more about travelling?

Read:

Ethical Travelling Is The Need Of The Hour

 

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Travel Documentaries To Quench Your Wanderlust

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The whole world is going through the fear of the pandemic disease of Coronavirus. You may not be able to travel or leave the house right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t live vicariously through other people.  But here are some travel documentaries that open your eyes to secrets, adventure, new ways of life and a lot of wanderlust!

1. Street Food

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This new netflix series from the creators of Chef’s Table will explore a different region each season. They start off on the streets of Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, and more. You can see the carts, stalls, and markets that folks visit on the go, in the middle of the night, or even every day. Unlike other food shows, Street Food spends each episode highlight the intense personal connection between the meals and the people who make them.

 

2. The Dawn Wall

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El Capitan in Yosemite is one of the most famous climbing destinations and the Dawn Wall, so named because it is the first thing in the valley to be illuminated in the morning, had never been free-climbed (the act of using equipment only to protect from falls, not to assist in climbing) until Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgensen took it on. The documentary explains the years of training and each climber’s motivation for attempting the world-record climb.

 

3. Around The World In 80 Days

Around the World in 80 Days is a 7 part BBC travel series written and presented by comedian Michael Palin. It is based on the famous adventure novel by Jules Verne with the same name. Similar to the novel, Palin accepts the challenge to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days and closely follows the road and sea route, as taken by the protagonist in the novel. He takes you across Europe, Africa, Asia and North America through nearly every possible means of transport.

 

4. Baraka 

Baraka, also known as among some of the best travel documentaries ever is a non-narrative documentary is a kaleidoscopic retreat into the different hymns of nature and its impact on various cultures. From the cacophonic chants of hundreds of monks huddled together for a cosmic yajna to the frenzied thumping of the whole village, the documentary highlights the phenomena of nature and how it forms the core of various cultures.

 

7. K2- Siren of the Himalayas 

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K2: Siren of the Himalayas is a multilingual travel documentary that shows you the dangerous world of high altitude mountaineering and follows a group of mountaineering experts as they venture on an epic journey. You get introduced to deathly cliffs, braving hideous climates and beautiful snow-covered mountains.

 

6. Jiro Dreams Of Sushi 

This great documentary is about Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old world-renowned sushi master with a tiny restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station, who is one day awarded three Michelin stars. Throughout the documentary, you will see the pursuit of perfection of sushi and get a great glimpse into Japanese culture. This opens a world driven by passion and bliss. Any wanderlust out there must watch this.

 

7. Everyday Is Like a Saturday 

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Every day is like a Saturday when you are on a long trip around the world. Solo traveling is not only about meandering through unknown lanes of a forbidden place. But it is also a great way to delve deep inside one’s own existence. The story brings out the chronicles of trekkers on four different continents. The documentary also includes interviews from other backpackers and highlights how the road can form unbreakable bonds.

 

These documentaries surely will quench the wanderlust within you. Related content- Top Underrated Places One Must Visit

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Disappearing Languages: Travelling With Your Ears Open

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Disappearing Languages all around the world is an issue often overlooked. We notice and capture everything exotic and fresh while travelling, but end up travelling deaf. There are more than 6000 languages in the world right now. However, a language dies every two weeks. Along with the last speaker, goes an entire system to express emotions, medicinal practices, conservation practices and culture.

Moreover, Helping preserve an indigenous or dying language is a dimension of Ethical Travelling.  

 

CONNECT WITH THE LAND

While preparing your itinerary, search for areas that are hotspots for linguistic diversity. When Travelling, connect with the guide and gain information about the local languages. It is even better if you can find someone to help translate/transliterate those languages. Make it a must to visit those areas.

 

DON’T LIMIT SMART TRAVEL TO YOURSELF

Apps and Websites like Talking Dictionaries and Wikitongues allow you to contribute to an online collection of languages from all around the world. It is not necessary for you to be a linguist to outrun the silence. It is common among students to opt for Language Tourism that requires a longer stay at respective destinations. Simply learning how to document a threatened language in a nearby area, can save a community from ‘cultural devastation’. 

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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE LESS TIME FOR DOCUMENTATION

Record Oral Histories

Oral Histories can help you record languages at the peak of their functionality. While interviewing the person, keep the questions open-ended and very broad. This allows a free flow of thought and words. The reminiscent and emotional content is of extreme value. Record them talking in the Past, Present and Future Tense and among themselves.

 Be mindful about

  • Clean Audio, no noise in the background
  • The phone should be in a horizontal direction. This allows sharing ease on various online platforms.

Record Them Singing

Music is a very good way to inform the world about the existence of a language. Record the speakers of the language to sing a song in their language. Posting it online is imperative for creating awareness and generating action.

Donate Technology

Connect with the locals, teaching them how to create a language database themselves using Talking Dictionaries can help preserve the language for posterity. It is time to spend less on memoirs(travel like a minimalist), and more on preservation.

Preserving Disappearing Languages at home

Learn One Online

Explore resources online for languages that are not commercially but culturally important. Websites and apps like WikiTongues, The Rosetta Project, Matador Network, Ojibwe, Enduring Voices and Ethnologue can help you do so.

Create Content in Endangered Languages

Be as creative with your content as possible, they can even be memes!

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Preserving Disappearing Languages; “I’ll be back”(John Henhawk); Mohawk Language

 

Merci? Danke? …  Niawen’kó:wa! (Mohawk)

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Him Or Her: Choosing Your Travel Partner

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THE ULTIMATE QUEST: CHOOSING THE RIGHT TRAVEL PARTNER 

Each journey that you are a part of today will be a part of you tomorrow. Making a trip is like making a memory album; you will relive it every time you see it. While it is imperative to plan a trip way ahead of time, it is equally important to choose the right travel partner.

Planning essentials, shopping for the trip, packing right, travelling, clicking pictures, eating around, squirming about, meeting the locals or staying in hotels, it is all a part of the package deal. Then if you finally decide to travel with someone, how can you risk making a choice that you might regret today, and for all the years to come.

A few things you could keep in mind while choosing your travel partner are:

1.Make Sure Your Personalities Match

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if you’re both introverts or both extroverts, there is a greater possibility of making the most of your trip. While introverts would like to go to quieter places, stay in at night or just roam around quietly, an extrovert partner might want to hop out and look for places to party or mingle with the locals or other tourists at the place. It does sound incredibly wonderful that an introvert could bring an extrovert closer to nature and the extrovert might be a breath of fresh air to the introvert, but it really isn’t so. On a trip, you want to be your own self and relax, which cannot happen if you are with a clashing personality.

2.Your Travel Adventure Might be Their Crazy

You would naturally wish to venture out of your monotonous habits and do some adventurous things on your trip. But it is important that what you see as adventurous is not crazy for your partner. If you are someone who likes to be high on adrenaline, choose a partner who feels likewise. After all, you don’t want to be sky diving alone while your partner eats ice cream while holding your bag.

3.Talk the Money Talks   

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While you might be someone who likes to keep a tight hand on your pocket, your partner could be someone who likes to splurge their heart out. So, discuss the money matters in advance. You don’t want to be eating at the café while your partner is gorging at the lavish restaurant.

4.Spending the Travel Time

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If it’s a long journey, you don’t want to end up getting bored. The journey usually sets the tone or the trip. See how you like to spend that time and choose your partner accordingly. You don’t want a chatterbox with you while you are looking forward to reading Murakami or Rushdie.

5.The Social Factortravel2

If your partner is constantly on social media and you are not big on that, there might be a possible clash and bitterness. For them this could be an opportunity to click more pictures and for you that could just be a hindrance to your enjoyment. So make sure you’re either on the same page or at least at a mutual consensus about your on-trip social media indulgence.

 

6.Morning Person/ Night Person

Ours is a generation where our sleeping patterns are more than just flawed. While some people still operate at the regular hours; sleeping at night and working the day, there are people who do the opposite. If you cannot wake up before the sun is already overhead, you don’t want to end up travelling with someone who gets up when the sun does. This will upset your sleep pattern and might leave you frustrated through the trip. Either choose a partner whose routine syncs with yours or modify yours before you leave for the trip.

There is no Bible for how or whom to travel with, but choosing a good partner can always make your trip worthwhile.

To combat your quarantine blues, here are a few travel movies you could watch: https://littleletterslinked.com/best-travel-movies-for-you-to-binge-watch/

 

 

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