Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Traveling Differently

So, as I've mentioned before, I'm going on a trip this summer, to Belize. The first half of said trip is an archaeological dig, and the second half is a beach, sightseeing, and scuba vacation with my cousin. Because of the strange dual nature of the trip, it's forcing me to think about travel in new ways. Here are my (hopefully achievable) goals (and some cool gear ideas):

Source: via Jen on Pinterest

1. Pack as lightly as possible, but bring everything I might need. These more or less contradictory statements have made my packing list a little strange, and I have had to do some shopping (but any purchases benefit future trips). My brother's recent TWO MONTH, FIVE COUNTRY trip to Asia with only ONE SMALL BAG has been inspiring. I am hoping I can convince him to write a few guest posts on the subject so the things he learned can be passed on (see Jeff, now you have to do it). My issues are a bit different, because not only do I need things like sheets and a pillow for the first portion of my trip, but I need things like snorkel gear and underwater cameras for the second. Should be interesting! And yes, I plan on carrying-on, because I'm a masochist.

Source: via Jen on Pinterest

2. Stay inexpensively, but comfortably. I won't be staying in hostels, but I also won't be staying in resorts. Right now we are looking into cool options like beachside cabanas and apartment rentals, both of which are much cheaper than fancy hotels. I am really excited to try these out, and I've heard really good things about traveling this way.

Source: via Jen on Pinterest

3. Do something I've never done before. This trip has a lot of these things. I've never snorkeled with manatees, excavated Mayan ruins, traveled outside the country alone, or dove without bringing along a buddy (meaning I'll probably have to buddy up with the divemaster). I'm hoping there are even more firsts by the time I'm through!
Source: via Jen on Pinterest

4. Take some really freaking great pictures. This one speaks for itself.

Source: via Jen on Pinterest

Anyone ever traveled differently? What's your story? What's your favorite adventure travel gear?


  1. I really wish I could take time from school to go on this trip with you! I'll be living vicariously through your Twitter feed. :-)

    And Jeff should definitely do a post about ultralight travel. I think there is a lot to be said for that kind of mentality, even when traveling domestically.

  2. Looks like it will be an awesome trip! I am working on the post as we speak! Actually, I have blogger open in a tab while I aimlessly read things on facebook and twitter. Still counts!

  3. Sounds like an excellent trip! I've always been curious to go on an archeological dig. Best of luck in the planning!

    1. Thanks! I hope I love it, because it's what I want to do with the rest of my life!

      I love packing, it has become one of my favorite parts of traveling, especially the challenge to pack lightly. Unpacking, on the other hand, I'm not a fan of that.


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