Pruning for my travel
I watched the man as he set about pruning his rose bush. It was a severe cut and nearly ninety percent of the plant was removed. He said that next summer he would have a few beautiful roses, instead of dozens of regular ones.
Recent events have had me rethinking about how to approach what I do. The blog, for instance, has begun to get out of hand. There's too much here - some categories may go altogether. Then, all that stuff I carry about. Various past posts have been fermenting in my mind and perhaps it is time for some serious pruning.
I find it hard to let go of things and somehow have ended up with a collection of computers, cameras, backpacks and other items. You can only really wear one backpack at a time.
There are all kinds of blog posts out there about what to carry and what to leave behind. Less is better, I'm not too bad at that - it's what I've left behind and not using.
I want to travel lighter
Even as my fingers dance lightly over the keyboard, my stomach is churning at the thought of dumping so much (I will keep my Lenovo laptop). The big PC will stay, but there's so much that is rarely used and just has to go - decisions, decisions.
The hardest bit was getting rid of my Leica/Lumix bridge camera. For my main camera I now use a DMC FX-10 (I have two, one is a spare). This one is the camera I used in Spain to cover the 2015 San Fermin etc.
Traveling around and writing about it will change. In recent tests, some of my posts were done on a tablet. Photo's can be prepared by using portable software on a flash drive at an Internet Café or hostel's computer. I can cut back on the weight I carry by not using a laptop. I even posted one entry from my smartphone (images processed at home), text and image insertion was from my Samsung Galaxy i9100. Since I plan to only post around one per month, then doing text work on a tablet is okay.
What I'll keep
My last trip I had around 18-19 lbs on my back (my doctor says I'm only supposed to carry 10). By implementing my cutbacks, I have a lot less.
My Jeep backpack, with all that in weighs 8.25 lbs. With water bottle and some sundry items, my total is around 9.5 lbs. I will add two more compression straps to the Jeep, at the lower part. That'll bring my depth to around 18cm.
But I couldn't imagine traveling so light....
Try it some time. Most people carry more than they really need.
A trip out with this was a lot easier and I got wet. Had to Granger the whole Jeep so it's more waterproof. I got the Samsonite one because there are times I would not need a backpack and may even use it for my travel bag instead of the Jeep (undecided at the moment).
PS: I still haven't had the heart to lose the bridge camera.
Nov 20, 2015