Probably the most important part next to tickets. Or maybe even more important...hard to say.
Either way, packing is SUPER important. You want to have what you're going to need & what you're going to want while your mid-adventure. Sometimes it's hard to figure out exactly what you will need or want, but that comes with experience and I have learned the hard way.
I'll tell you my story. How I learned to figure out what I need and more importantly what I don't need.
At the end of 2012 I embarked on my first big adventure, my biggest so far, actually. I had two huge suitcases filled to the brims, a small carry on suitcase, AND a backpack. WOW. So a quick backstory, I was leaving to go to France to be an au pair, my plan was to be there for at least 6 months, probably a year. So I was going to be gone for a long time... that was my justification. Mostly it was clothes and shoes and books and art supplies and such. I didn't know, at the time, what I was going to need. Essentially it was STUFF, right? Just stuff.
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Dear Beginner Traveler,
So, you want to see and experience other cultures and languages and broaden your perspective of the world? That's awesome! Welcome aboard!
Now. Leave comfort, ego, and expectations at the door.
You are about to begin the experience of a lifetime and here, there is no room for who you used to be or what you think you know about this or that, or hopes for everything to run according to plan.
For in your travels you will meet people, see and experience wonders that some people never even think to dream about. You dreamer you! Remember that not everyone wants what you want, some people will question your actions, but it doesn't matter. Stay strong, hold steady and enjoy the ride!
I think people have always noticed that I've been a free spirit for a long time, but I'm finally starting to really embrace it! Travel brings me a joy and contentment that I can't quite put into words. It makes my heart happy and light. Right now I'm training to be able to work from my computer so I can work and travel at the same time! THAT. IS. MY. DREAM. Stay tuned :)