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Post-pandemic travel planning.

With borders shut, countries closed to visitors, orders to stay home or stay local, and essential travel only... we can only dream of future travels. But dream, we can! And while you're dreaming you can also do some planning. Let's not waste this opportunity and travel downtime - 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!...

December 11, 2020

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 traveling 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....

April 19, 2020

Plan, test and practice your travel wardrobe while in lockdown.

Lockdown is the perfect time to plan, test and practice your travel wardrobe. While now is not the time for travelling while in the COVID-19 lockdown, that doesn't mean we can't be prepared to hit the road when the all-clear is given. Read on to see what I've been up to in my "plenty of spare time". I may be in isolation but I'm still having fun with my travel capsule wardrobe!...

April 6, 2020

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. And as of midnight 25th March, New Zealand is officially in lockdown. It's a very weird feeling. We're all in this together and it's a nice feeling having a united world - despite the reason why....

March 29, 2020

The similarities between social distancing and solo travel.

Social distancing is all about creating space around ourselves. In this current Covid-19 pandemic it's about reducing transmission of the virus. For solo travellers it's about giving ourselves space to heal, think, and re-energise. Social distancing will not be unfamiliar territory for solo travellers. This is very much what we do. Give us space  - and plenty of it! It's what we're all about. ...

March 16, 2020

How to travel light without breaking the bank.

There are so many gadgets for traveling light - but are they all needed? Can you use other things you already have at home to travel light on a budget?...

March 1, 2020

How to travel light with style.

Traveling light does mean you carry a limited capsule wardrobe. But you can travel light with style. If everything mixes and matches and with a couple of more stylish items you will be surprised at how great you can feel. Style is an individual thing. And I am by no means about to preach about what makes something stylish. I will go so far as to say, style is all about what you feel good in. ...

February 16, 2020

Travel solo | Travel light | My personal story

My life-changing solo and light travel trip to Croatia and Italy in 2017 awoke in me my spirit of old.  This is a philosophical look at what I love about travelling light and travelling solo. It's about the huge benefits that have opened up my life to a whole new world of possibilities.  The self-belief, confidence building, and the vision for my future all stemmed from this first experience.  I needed to do this to reawaken the Katherine of old - the adventurer, the go-getter, th...

February 2, 2020

How to travel light with travel tech.

Figuring how to travel light with travel tech takes some planning and some evaluation on what you really need for your travels. What's essential technology for one person is simply not a key item for someone else.  What is key in deciding whether something gets packed or not is, "Can I live, survive, do my job without it?" AND "Does something else do the job?...

January 12, 2020

Traveling light in NZ - tips from a local.

If you want to travel lighter in New Zealand look no further. Here are my insider tips on surviving the weather here.  UPDATE: December 2020 - Due to COVID-19 - travel to NZ is severely limited. Anyone arriving in the country must quarantine for 14 days in strictly managed Government managed isolation hotels. There may also be a charge for non-residents of around $NZ3000. New Zealanders have worked hard to create a covid-free country - breach isolation rules and the government will be ...

December 29, 2019

Why a day bag is better than a suitcase!

For those of you who travel with a suitcase - I feel your pain! On my recent trip to New York, I was reminded very clearly as to why I don't travel with a suitcase.  My travel companion travelled light with 12 kg (26 Ibs) of gear, but this still meant it needed to be checked in.  So while it was indeed light, and she had a well organised and minimal wardrobe, she didn't get the true benefits of travelling light with a carry-on daybag....

December 18, 2019

Top travelling light tips (I was once a heavy traveller too, you know!)

When I went on my big OE (overseas experience) from New Zealand to London in my early 20's I was backpacking for three years. This was never going to be a 5 kilo moment. I needed gear for every season, and all my daily needs. We're talking massive luggage overload. In huge contrast now, my 24L daybag is my perfect travel companion. Let me show you how......

November 3, 2019

How not to get lost while travelling solo.

Getting lost is the most awful feeling and it's amplified when you are travelling solo. But I've been there, done that, and now I have the solution. Flashback: Perast, Montenegro, 2017 Away for 4 weeks, carrying 5 kilos, that's 1 crazy lady!...

October 27, 2019

Don't go without - go with less!

I totally get it that we need to take stuff when travelling - but just take less of it!It's hard to believe that this bag contains everything I needed for four weeks of solo travel in Croatia and Italy. And even more unbelievable was that there were a couple of things I never even used! One of my key tricks with travelling light is to take smaller versions of normal everyday items. Rather than taking a heavy coat, take a puffer jacket instead. Not only is a puffer jacket lighter it also compacts...

October 20, 2019

How I started light travelling.

Where it all began...  So where did this travelling light come from, you ask?  Well, in 2013 we went on a family trip to the US for five weeks with a focus of visiting their amazing National Parks. As we watched the rock climbers in Yosemite National Park we got talking to a guy who had cycled across America seven times.  He told us how he had reduced his gear to the size of a small mailbox. Admittedly, he was staying in hotels each night which negated the need to carry much toile...

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