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A great travel bag: A review of the Journey System from Idea Mountain.

I have developed a taste for travel bags! I don't collect them - I only buy what I need. But I do analyse bags closely, with a slightly nerdy approach!  I was generously gifted a bag by Tys Sniffen, the owner and founder of the Journey System at Idea Mountain. Tys asked me to give the bag a go.  I was worried that I wouldn't like it, and I didn't want to do a bad review. My whole focus is very much about being honest and upfront with the people that follow me. I need to believe in prod...

July 17, 2021

Travel bags: The science & people behind them.

You know about my passion for packing light, right?  Well, when I meet other light travellers, the energy and conversation is both enlightening and hilarious as we compare stories, travel bags, gear, scenarios... I think you get the picture! So I was thrilled to interview Tys Sniffen, who is the owner and founder of the Journey System from Idea Mountain. We are so on the same page when it comes to packing and travel. And it's great to get the travelling light perspective from a guy.&nb...

July 14, 2021

Save the planet - travel light.

There are so many reasons why packing light can save the planet. It's not just about the bag and its contents - it's about your movements, your change in mindset over what you really need, and how you think about what you carry....

June 25, 2021

What to pack for a tropical getaway.

A recent 5-day trip to Rarotonga, Cook Islands, in the South Pacific had me reviewing what I needed to pack for a tropical getaway.  With the weather looking decidedly nicer than early winter in New Zealand, I spent time looking at the different climate and what I would be doing there. Travelling light should surely be easier when able to leave the bad weather gear at home....

June 15, 2021

Want to visit Rarotonga? The travel bubble with New Zealand is open.

Thinking of heading to the tropical Cook Islands?   Luxury. Relaxation. Tropical beaches.   Rarotonga has it all, and they're waiting for you.  At the time of writing this, they are only accepting New Zealand tourists.  For the rest of the world who want to visit Rarotonga ...watch this space. (There are no affiliates in this post.)...

June 4, 2021

Meet travelling light enthusiast, Ashly, from SPLICE clothing.

The travelling light community is fast-growing, and I love meeting others as passionate about it as I am.  I want to introduce you to some of my connections, affiliates, social media friends who I have met along the way. They inspire me and make my journey that much more delightful.  My first guest interview is Ashly, from SPLICE clothing - it's the reversible clothing brand I've spoken about before, and I am an affiliate - which means if you click on the link further down the page and...

May 19, 2021

Travel tips I learnt from my Mum - A Mother's Day blog.

My Mum is my biggest cheerleader and my biggest influencer on shopping for travels. She has encouraged me to see the world, take up new challenges and live life to the full. I was out shopping with her recently and I realised just how much my shopping and travel decisions have been influenced by her. ...

May 9, 2021

Post-pandemic travel planning.

With the vaccine roll-out, the possibility of overseas travel is looking more likely. It's still baby steps at the moment but I think we're all hopeful that safe travel is on the horizon. While we're still mostly at home, let's not waste this opportunity - but instead put this time to good use and get ready for when we can travel. Let's get our post-pandemic travel planning sorted!...

April 28, 2021

What can you minimise in your travel toiletry bag?

Taking the entire contents of your bathroom cabinet is not an option when you travel light. But what products could you take that serve multiple purposes? There are a number of toiletry items that can be used in different ways. If you want to give travelling light a go, then this is something you have to get your head around.  You may have already reduced the amounts you take, and you've considered leaving a few non-essentials behind. But have you got any products that do more than one thin...

April 13, 2021

Satisfy your wanderlust with travel books.

Reading travel books can definitely satisfy your wanderlust. But travel books can also educate you on areas that you want to visit, or places you've already been. So head to your library, load up your Kindle, borrow from a friend, or plug into an audio book service. Let's satisfy your wanderlust by reading tales of adventure in far-flung places....

March 30, 2021

10 cool things to do in Queenstown - what the locals suggest.

Queenstown and the surrounding area is one of New Zealand's highlights when it comes to scenery.  Once the borders open think about Central Otago as a destination to explore. I decided to look at 10 cool things to do in Queenstown and the surrounding area from the advice I got from locals. With apps like Trip Advisor and Google it's very easy to get stuck doing activities that rank highly on searches.  But try asking a local and you may get something novel, quirky, off the beaten track...

March 16, 2021

Stay home, but still get your travel fix while in isolation.

Don't let your travel dreams die while you stay home. I've come up with a list of things you can do from home to keep the travel fires burning and to get your travel fix while in isolation or just unable to travel. I've updated this blog since I was featured in The Guardian - How to satisfy your lockdown wanderlust....

March 11, 2021

Reversible clothing is brilliant for traveling light.

Reversible clothing gives you so many different options in one piece of clothing. This makes it so much easier to travel light.  This post does have an affiliate link. This means that at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I only affiliate with businesses that I use, know, and like, and Ashly and her Splice Clothing range ticks all those boxes. Plus, I love her motto - Pack light. Adventure easy!...

February 22, 2021

The next best thing to traveling light - a virtual walking tour of Barcelona.

Last night I went to Barcelona! Virtually, that is.  I was so buzzing about it that I just had to let you all know how fantastic it was. I was transported to Barcelona and taken on a walking tour by a live guide, Josep. It was absolutely, hands-down, the next best thing in this pandemic. So while travel and light travel is really out of the question at the moment - this truly is the next best thing!...

February 4, 2021

Keeping fit and healthy for travel.

Travel takes energy, fitness, and good health. Which is why looking after yourself is really important. We owe it to ourselves to keep fit and healthy for travel.I generally don't have fears - because I don't like to focus on negatives - but if there is one thing that always catches me, is if I get an injury or a twinge, and I think, "Will this impact on my travel?" As I've hit the 50's I'm noticing that I don't bounce back as quickly as when I was younger. But then having said that, I also used...

November 19, 2020

Solo travel saved my life... make that my mid-life!

Solo travel was the reboot I needed at the age of 49. My four week solo adventure kickstarted my next chapter in life. It launched me into my 50's and the reverberations of that trip are still with me today.Creating the blog, doing the social media thing, and now creating courses for 'The 5 kilo traveller' has been one hell of a journey. It's a journey of overcoming fears and challenges, self-doubt and "who am I to do this?"But it started with my solo trip....

November 6, 2020

To travel light successfully you need the right bag.

Picking the best bag for traveling light is a very personal choice. We all have different objectives and goals. So you need to find a bag that's right for YOU....

October 21, 2020

Packing light for travel has never been so easy.

It's true! Packing light for travel has never been so easy.  Innovation and design have created the greatest opportunity for travellers to pack with lighter gear. Let me explain more......

September 20, 2020

No travel? More time for planning your light travels...

While there's not much travelling happening, I'm taking this as a chance to fine tune my travel wardrobe even more. There's always room for improvement or there are items that need replacing.  So join me on my personal experience of what I'm sorting out....

July 26, 2020

My travel capsule wardrobe for traveling light.

Do you want to see what I travel with? Well, this is my basic travel capsule wardrobe.  Much like a basic cookie recipe we start with the main key ingredients and then we zhoosh it up a bit with extras. I also mix it up depending on the activities I'm doing and the season/weather I'm travelling in. I have the choice of swapping things out or adding to the list. Remembering, that each item you add, adds more weight to your bag. ...

June 28, 2020

Learn to travel light to reduce decision fatigue.

Decision fatigue is having too much to think about. Your mind is overloaded with decisions and it can become overwhelming. What will I wear? How much should I take? Where will I stay? How will I get there?Sound familiar?Learning to travel light really can reduce decision fatigue. The many benefits of traveling light didn't come to light (haha!) for me until I was on the road in the midst of my travels or afterwards looking back. Decision fatigue was one of these. I hadn't heard the term unt...

June 14, 2020

The benefits of traveling light - unpacking!

Unpacking may seem a very strange benefit of traveling light, but it truly is the best! Not only unpacking on the road, but unpacking when you get home makes travel so easy and uncomplicated. I used to hate getting home, dumping my suitcase on the floor at the base of our bed and then wait for it to miraculously unpack itself in the coming week - it never did.  Things came out of it when I needed them. But in general this great obstacle lay in wait to trip me up in the darkness, or to swall...

May 31, 2020

Why people don't want to travel light.

There are a lot of reasons why people don't want to travel light. When I first came across the idea - hey I can put my hand up -I went through all the excuses and reasons why it wouldn't work.  But I had to make it work. I was travelling by myself for four weeks in Europe. I had no one to carry my bags. I had to be completely INDEPENDANT. And I had to be SAFE!Since then, I've managed to travel to the Australian Outback, China, Rarotonga, and Chicago and New York in winter - yes, all with ju...

May 17, 2020

Essential packing for your autumn or spring travel wardrobe.

Who knows when we'll next be travelling, but you know I'm all about planning, right?! Planning for travel in the shoulder-season, or those in-between seasons of autumn and spring are often the trickiest to pack for because the weather can be so fickle. And this is where a really common light packing fear can really appear - "I won't have enough to wear!" But if you choose your spring or autumn wardrobe carefully and add some essential key pieces that add warmth to any look, you'll be fine....

May 3, 2020

Testing your travel capsule wardrobe in lockdown.

Knowing what goes in your travel capsule wardrobe takes time and planning. You need to get to know how items work in the field, so to speak. Having an understanding of your perfect travel wardrobe really helps to decide what goes on your trip, and what stays at home. Once you have the general idea of what to pack and how it works together, it becomes second nature....

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