I'm jetting out of Greensboro this weekend to visit my awesome cousin Erin. It's a quick trip only a few days and my goal is always light and fast. A few weeks ago I suggested to Greenergrass.com that he should do a post about what he always travels with since he clocks more mile than most in a year. It seemed to be a big hit! I thought maybe you'd like to know what I MUST travel withs are too?
Here it goes...
If I'm traveling somewhere there are a few musts!
1. Sharpies: I write every single morning and sharpies in all colors with an ultra fine point are my preferred tool.
2. Lavender Essential Oil: This smell calms me down and makes me feel better if I'm getting stressed out. It's a little luxury with a lasting effect.
3. Garmin Forerunner: I'm a runner, not a fast runner, but a runner none the less and I get a huge kick out of uploading a run from a different city. It's the little things right?!
4. Hair Tie: This is always useful
5. Lip gloss: What can I say? I like to look girlie
6. Wallet: I doubt this needs an explanation
7. Cannon Rebel: Taking pictures is a way to slow down and pay attention to your experiences. Photography for me is a form of meditation and certainly a way of experiencing my travel.
Here's the thing books are heavy and that slightly goes against my Light and fast creed however; for me there are some that are necessary.
1. Dannelle Laporte Desire Map Day Planner: This doesn't always travel with me, but Erin and I are planning a trip for you and we are going to be hammering out the details this weekend so it's necessary even though it's heavy!
2. Shinola Detroit Soft Linen Ruled Page Journal: Necessary if you write every day and I am particular.
3. Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins: I've read this book and it's gotta be one of my top 5 favorite books right now. I'm signed up for a writing retreat in Mexico later in February and I need to bring a passage of writing I really love so I'm doing homework on the flight over to DFW.
4. Mary Oliver Poetry: I'm really into her work right now. reading and rereading her poems these are items for my soul.
The big red bag with Elephants includes my clothes, toiletries, running shoes and intimates. I keep it as simple as possible there. What are your must haves when you travel?
I'm still unpacking experiences from India like a suitcase left open, full and disheveled on my bedroom floor. The trip over but memories like clothing half in, half out of the bag. I'm not sure what pieces are clean and which are dirty
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After a long voyage home I finally arrived in Greensboro last night around 6pm. I'm significantly sleep deprived which causes huge emotional overwhelm for me. I'm not sure what to do with myself or the stillness that of Greensboro after the commotion of India and intense travel. Instead of writing I'm going to offer you a picture post of images from Udaipur.
Ann’s arrival in my life felt like a long slow eclipse, I feared that there would be a day I would be totally blotted out by her orbit.
My eyes fluttered open as my brain registers the Muslim call to prayer; I'm wide-awake in an instant. It's five am, still dark but it will be light soon.
Photos from Mumbai yesterday
"when we foreigners get sick here it's most likely because we don't have the tools to emotionally digest what we see. As a result our bodies create a physical reaction to what our minds can't process. If our minds can't purge the pain at least our bodies will."
"My lungs feel heavy, I imagine a smoker's lungs might feel like this, but I haven't been smoking. My nose is working overtime filtering the smog filled Mumbai air."
Maybe it was the sleep deprivation, or the dehydration for that matter, but on the short rickshaw ride in I had the comforting sense that I was powerless, it felt like someone was whispering in my ear "if you want to enjoy this trip treat it like a rickshaw ride, don't hold on too tightly. Let it all unfold naturally or you'll miss the magic".