|I spent hours looking out the kitchen window of our temporary Inish Maan home in Ireland|
But minimalism is not just about packing. Having a limited internet connection and simply not much time to look at a screen of any kind, as in our recent month in Europe since we were so busy seeing the world, I quickly developed a very harsh filtering system for what emails I would read. Virtually all newsletters and other kinds of mailing list mail got deleted immediately (sorry everyone!) and only truly essential work and personal email got answered (although most of the work emails got a reply something along the lines of having to wait until I returned to Australia - and nobody minded!). I still checked my email regularly and sent some each day but these were nearly exclusively to close family and friends and usually just featured a quick photo of where we were and what we were doing - especially photos of my son for the enjoyment of his grandmother back home. Similarly, I found it surprisingly easy to ignore a lot of social media feeds, even though that's the industry I work in, and since that trip I've been pleasantly surprised at how willing I've been to continue ignoring social media when I really don't have time to look at it.
Simplifying life while travelling goes right down to what you eat - for example, we spent four days based in an apartment in Dublin and were quite happy subsisting off a simple diet of basics that we bought at the local Tesco, knowing that we would need to eat everything we bought within a few days, or throw the leftovers away.
|Pack light: when it's cold and windy nobody sees that you're wearing the same T-shirt again, anyway!|