How does it really feel to live out of a suitcase?
One day, as we were sitting on a train from the Czech Republic to Poland, our hypothesis about living out of a suitcase being good for the soul was confirmed by a short but validating TED talk that we chanced upon. According to writer and designer Graham Hill, less stuff equates to more happiness. Hill’s theory was based on creating smaller, minimalistic living spaces and therefore by minimising one’s space they would minimise the amount of stuff they collect, making them happier. And we feel that this theory can also be applied to the practice of living out of a suitcase. As this dawned on us we begun to think, what was our first experience of living out of a suitcase really like?
The night before we embarked on our one-way ticket adventure, Leesa and I stared at the three suitcases that lay before us with an overwhelming feeling of anxiety. Did we forget something? What if we do need those matching panda shirts that we hadn’t worn since we were children? We can’t live without all of our shoes. We should have packed a suitcase just for shoes. Will 10 pairs of underwear be enough? The questions were endless. But knowing that the strain of travelling around with three suitcases was a lot worse than not having enough shoes, we embarked on our journey with uncertainty.
The first month was the hardest. As we envied the style of the women gracing the streets of Paris, we wondered if we’d made the right decision to forgo our extensive wardrobes at home in favour of travelling light (well as light as we could). Eventually, the days went by and we begun to appreciate waking up to plan our day’s adventures without having to bother about the worry of the day’s outfits. Now, three months later, we have begun to complain that we have too much clothes and we have even posted some of our clothes home. We now complain when we have to go shopping and have begun to appreciate wearing our outfits on rotation. So, ladies and gentlemen, living out of a suitcase with less clothing, less belongings, and less responsibilities definitely means more freedom, more money for experiences, and more time to focus on enjoying life. We have honestly never felt so free in our lives and truly believe that when it comes to long-term travelling, less is definitely more.
Have you or would you ever live out of a suitcase?
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