One of the entries on my old tagline was ‘travelling light’. I figured this was an important part of why and how I travel.
But what does ‘travelling light’ mean? For me, it means literally travelling with as little luggage as possible. I try to take carry-on only, even for three months’ backpacking around Asia. But it has other symbolic meanings too. It means I tend to travel solo, not worrying about group dynamics or what my friends are up to. I aim to travel locally and sustainably, or as sustainably as an overfilled minibus 20 years beyond its use-by date can be. And of course it means backpacking barefoot – travelling light in spirit and mind as well as in body.
So, on these pages I talk about ‘Backpacks and Bare Feet’. I go into detail about what I carry in my backpack when I travel, and what I don’t carry. I talk about travelling from place to place, including some thoughts on overnight trains. And of course I talk about my not-sandals, and what happens when you get a shard of glass stuck in your foot in Antwerp.