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How I (try to) travel light

As I prepare to jet off on another leg of the great journey the excitement of packing the trusty ol’ travelling backpack fills me with joy. The constant narrowing down of everything you think you ‘need’ until it all fits comfortably into your turtle-shell carry all is a task I am well acquainted with and as annoying it can be, it is always good practice, of travel and of non-attachment.

I told myself this time I was taking nothing. I want to be able to hop on and off of buses without the fear of breaking my spine or dreading trekking up any sort of hill with my oversized pack. I will wear the same outfit for months. I imagine my backpack as a lovely floating green companion with a few shirts and a toothbrush, until I realize that unless I’m on naked and afraid, there will be a lot more than that. I’m going for balance here. So here is what I’ve narrowed it down to, quite painlessly actually, the guts of my pack which will hopefully be more ‘I can evade dogs and run fast with this!’ than ‘holy shit my knees are broken.’

One outfit would be light but ultimately impractical and boring. Sitting in an airport freezing in tiny shorts is at least better when you have a light sweater. Obviously it’s easier to pack light when you’ll be in warm climates, but terrain and environment can vary (32)With clothes it’s best to stick to basics and things that are multipurpose. That scarf? Now it’s a vest..or blanket..or skirt. Scarves are where it’s at.

So here I have:

5 tanktops (they’re small)

1 dress

2 pairs of yoga shorts

1 pair of leggings

1 scarf

1 sarong (like scarves, can have many uses)

2 hats and 1 wool buff

2 pairs jean shorts

1 cardigan

1 rainjacket/windbreaker

a clump of bathing suits and unds

Not so bad. I can honestly say scarves and my rainjacket have saved me numerous times, pack them! Also in this photo is my travel hoop (need) and hammock. Hammock’s a little heavy but can come in very handy and oh so comfy.

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As for shoes, I typically end up with none or well worn flip flops, but there’s always a part of me that pictures myself hiking epic volcanoes and hoping for something a little more sturdy. The boots are a bit of an exception. These aren’t exactly something I would highly recommend bringing, but I love (33)

This part is where shit gets heavy. Previously I’ve travelled without a computer ( I didn’t actually own one at the time) but I just prefer to have it, especially if I plan to keep this ol’ thing pretty up to date. Then cameras, cords and chargers are added into the mix. As long as electronics are all kept compact and organized they’re really not bad to travel with. Also pictured here is the ESSENTIAL yoga mat and handy dandy journal. Not pictured here: Gopro and accessories.


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Also bringing the ukulele!!!


This things been around the block.

At the end of it all, I feel like I did a pretty good job this time around. All comes down to weeding out what you really don’t need, which will become apparent when you hit the road. And don’t forget the little things, like passport copies and padlocks, just to be safe.

Hope this was a decent insight on the art of packing, happy travels and be safe!!!

Stay tuned for posts on my upcoming travels and to see where the wind is currently taking me!



Isla Bastimentos: A Magic Island Paradise

Upon the first arrival the little town on Isla Bastimentos of ‘Old Bank’ was almost creepy. Sure there is some trash, initially a feeling of where the hell am I and a few dogs that may make you feel a little uneasy, but all that quickly faded away as the hours went by here on the island. Raw jungle and shoreline, eating worm-filled guavas, making smoothies from jackfruit and indulging in a superfood green that grows on the island known as ‘chaya’, this place is ethereally beautiful, vibrant and colourful, sounds and tastes so pure. You can see it in the people here too, their way of life just so real and seeming to just give off this essence of ‘human’. IMG_6856IMG_6853IMG_6913Hostel Bastimentos is home for now, with comfortable and airy dorms set on top of a hill overlooking the water. If you take the back door and continue up the hill you will come to ‘Coffee up in the Hill’, a little organic coffee shop in a prime location that serves up delicious coffees, teas, fresh fruit juices and crazy good chocolate brownies. They also sell raw cacao, homemade coconut oil body products and lovely handmade jewelry. Try the chaya empanada, it’s worth it. The perfect place to spend a bit of time before heading over to Wizards Beach, a 20 or so minute walk from here, where swimming and surfing are both possible, just be careful of the strong rip currents.IMG_6933 IMG_6927IMG_6937The island has a couple of grocery stores but not too much so if you want anything special it’d be better to get it at nearby Isla Colon, or Bocas town, a short and fun 3 dollar boat trip. Although Wizards Beach in all it’s glory is kind of hard to escape, another amazing spot is Polo Beach. Straight out of an ‘Islands’ magazine for sure. This beach features the clearest water I have ever swam in hands down. So surreal and mythical, backed by the jungle and kissed by the sun, it’s rays dance off the glassy waters. We were so lucky to have a group of local jungle boys sweep us there by boat with their cute dogs, where they ripped out into the jungle to find us iguanas. They didn’t come back with iguanas, but their friendliness and willingness to help really resonates the feeling of this island.IMG_6953 IMG_6955If you don’t feel like making the trip to the big island for some restaurant eats, there are a couple little ones here that have been tried and tested by many. ‘Alvins’, just to the left of the town’s ‘park’ is right on the water and has decently priced casado like dishes, and of course fresh seafood. I have yet to check it out, but apparently there is a Thai restaurant up in the hill cooking up tasty concoctions. If I get tired of eating chaya and beans I will have to try it out. If you’re looking for ‘nightlife’, you won’t really find it here, yet a quick ride over to Caranero Island or Colon will satisfy the party craving. The other night we hit ‘Blue Bar’ a bar over the water with a huge deck where they just so happened to be featuring a live band. Live and extremely loud, and actually quite good. Locals filled this place, and it made for a fun night of sipping rum ‘n’ such under the bright moonlight and hanging with awesome people. There are no cars on this part of the island, so a quick hop down the footpath to the sanctuary of the hostel makes for a perfect evening. IMG_7029Bastimentos is truly magical. Being so close to the earth and surrounded in it’s loving embrace, time doesn’t like to make itself known here. And you just can’t beat making dinner to an amazing view, watching dolphins jump in the bay as your chaya boils.