How to get everything you need, whether for a 2-week vacation in northern Europe or India or to travel the world for a year, into a tiny, eco-friendly bag.
Want to know how to pack light? I travel the world with one Ryan Air-approved rolling bag and never need anything else because of these packing strategies.
Pack what you need. It sounds so simple right? But how do you know what you need? Or what you might need? And how often will you need those things? And what if your plans change? All these questions answered…
Learning how to pack your luggage so that everything passes even the most power-crazy security guard’s eye can take some practice, and once you relent and realise that you’ve no choice but to conform to some of the more ridiculous security standards in some countries, you’ll see that packing so your hand luggage pass rigorous searches forces you to pack light.
Now, more than ever, tourists are aware of the impact of their travels, both ecologically and culturally. There is a growing desire to go green, and people are slowly but surely making a conscious effort to consider ethical and environmentally-friendly aspects when planning their trips, both at home and abroad.
It’s easy to do when you’re clothes shopping. You see the ideal outfit, you know it would suit you perfectly, and – bonus – it’s cheap as chips. But when you stop to think for a moment you realise if it’s ridiculously cheap for you to buy, the person making the garment must be getting paid peanuts. The excitement of the buy wears off when you put some thought into the ethics behind the clothes. We now know that fast fashion is one of the most destructive industries on earth, filling our landfills with masses of garments born of unethical working conditions. Here are some quick facts: Nearly 70 million barrels of oil are needed to make polyester fibre, a main component of fast fashion Polyester takes around 200 years to decompose Globally we are consuming 80 billion pieces of clothes a year, an increase of 400% compared to 20 years ago 20,000 litres of water are needed to make 1kg of cotton, equal to about a tshirt and jeans. Thankfully, as our knowledge of …
Since the devastating bush fires of Black Saturday, Marysville has well and truly risen from the ashes. Determined residents have rebuilt the town and it’s now bigger and better than ever. Tourism is once again booming and the environment is flourishing. We explored the town and surrounds on a weekend out of Melbourne.
Lake Mountain Alpine Resort is the closest snow field to Melbourne and although it doesn’t cater to downhill skiers it is the centre for cross country skiing in Victoria. Visitors can also try their hand – or foot – at snowshoeing, tobogganing and good old snowman making.
Woodend in the Macedon Ranges has a quintessential Australian village feel. I visited for the weekend, staying in a beautiful rustic woodland cottage.
Key west is a wonderfully sustainable getaway where you can enjoy Key Lime Pie on a stick while supporting a better planet. If that’s not a good enough reason to pack your bags, I don’t know what is.