On Blue Jeans and Hiking Boots

The eternal debate on how to pack for a RTW trip

A quick search of RTW or backpacker packing tips will generate tons of hits about how (and what) to pack for long-term travel of the backpacking variety.

The most common piece of advice (and surely the most universally applicable and accurate) is TAKE LESS STUFF AND MORE MONEY.

Toto, We’re Not in Shoreditch Anymore

I left London on a quiet Tuesday morning, the day after the busiest day ever at Heathrow (with the entire Olympic family leaving the city). My driver said he had gladly had the day off!

My Life as a Nomad Begins

I’m now just 18 days to departure. But I’m feeling pretty good about it (mentally, not physically). I’ve managed to vacate my apartment, with the help of loyal friends, my brother, and my dad’s mini-van. Five years ago, I vowed that I was far too old to be moving myself anymore—but the strange nature of my move made it difficult to hire professionals (it’s been going on in dribs and drabs for months). I had meant to write this post on Canada Day, but I was still moving—exhausted, and physically wrecked, but feeling free for the first time in months. And on the Canada Day holiday I had trouble finding the time to write between my naps.

One Month to Departure!

Today is June 20, 2012. Exactly one month until I take off from YYZ to begin an adventure precipitated by my “third-life crisis” (I much prefer the term “tertiary-life crisis,” but that would mean I’m in my sixties, which I’m not). In case you haven’t heard, my upcoming adventure is a trip around the world. I’m not much of an off-the-beaten-path kind of traveller—for me the adventure comes from leaving with no fixed itinerary and no predetermined return date.