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No matter how long my trip is (a week, a month, three months?), I always bring the same luggage: a carry on sized backpack. It gives me ease, freedom and safety. If you think you wouldn’t be able to pack so little for a trip, don’t worry: I’ve also started by packing 2 or 3 times the amount I do now. In this simple cheatsheet I guide you through the challenge of packing everything you need, but only what you need.
Beginning to travel by myself – instead of always waiting for some of my friends to go with me – has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Of course travelling by yourself can be daunting, so here I collected my 7 best pieces of advice to start travelling solo.
Even when surfing on couches, my motto is: quality over quantity. Rather than copy-and-paste insignificant standard couch requests to 30 hosts at a time, take your time to write a personal letter to only one or two of them by following the 6 points I recommend. You’ll be rewarded with not only a place to stay, but also with a new friend.