Last year I was lucky enough to have the experience to travel to New Zealand. I spent two weeks overseas, exploring the city of Auckland. Before I had even ventured into my new life of minimalism, I had already begun the practice during this trip. For two weeks I lived out of a small suitcase and backpack. I packed only the barest of essentials and I survived. Thinking back now I realize how little you really need to have a good time. Packing light saved me money, time, and a back ache. For my trip I packed: 2 pairs of jeans, 1 pair of shorts, 2 PJ pants, 2 pairs of shoes, 4 shirts, 1 dress shirt, 2 hoodies, 4 pairs of socks, 4 pairs of underwear, 2 bras, laptop, nook, ipad, iphone, headphones, deodorant, toothbrush, tooth paste, my purse (wallet + makeup bag), and digital camera. I picked up any other groceries or bath supplies once I arrived.
If you apply the same concept to life as you do when traveling, imagine how much money you can save each month, and how much your bank account will grow with savings.
The one fun thing about traveling so far was a day was skipped. May 21st never happened in my book, it flew by, literally. While flying the time went back and then jumped forward, and the next thing I knew it was 2:31A on May 22nd. I arrived and curled up on the couch in the 1-bedroom apartment/suite. I went grocery shopping, made friends with my cab driver, and explored a few of the little cafés and restaurants nearby.
My one bedroom suite was perfect. Clean and clutter free. I loved it. My home is almost where I want it to be and every day I’m more excited to be there.
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