One of the many wonderful things about travel are the realizations that occur when one is outside of the comforts of your own surroundings. Now that my last extended trip was around 11 months ago, I remind myself of some of my own little epiphanies that I can apply back on my home turf. As complicated as life can seem, sometimes it takes a gentle nudge to get back to the basics from a travel experience.
This coming Friday I’m going home to Tennessee for a week vacation and I couldn’t be more excited about the trip. I’ve already started thinking about what I’m going to pack. My work backpack alone serves as a mobile office with everything from my laptop to chargers for my phones and I even have a portable plug socket. Thinking about my packing list I was reminded of one of my travel insights: the realization of the basic necessities I need to survive. No I really don’t need that wireless mouse to have my life completed.
On my first trip to Europe, my main concerns were what food I was eating that day and where I would be sleeping that night…that’s when the light bulb emerged about survival. When backpacking I think it becomes extremely evident that we need very few tangible objects, especially since your life is lived out of a backpack for an extended amount of time. It’s these realizations from my travels that I like to remind myself now when I’m not traveling or when my current trips are shorter and even related to work. So tonight I am going to bed with the thought that I really don’t need much to live, to pack or to worry about.