Wandering Wives – Over Packers Anonymous

Author: , December 3rd, 2015

Backpacking

Unfortunately, when packing for any trip, my motto has always been “Give me a bag and I shall fill it.” I should have this phrase tattooed on my body as a permanent reminder of my over packing urges. It is also highly likely this phrase will be inscribed on my tomb stone and eulogised by friends and family upon my passing. Every trip I have ever taken, I have over packed for it. I regularly pay excess baggage at the airport for no other reason than that I had space in my bag so I packed an extra jumper, pair of shoes, dumbbell, kayak or other unneeded item.

BackpackersThe last time I went backpacking, I took a 70 litre backpack with a 15 litre detachable day sack. After a week in India I sent some things back home and got rid of some unneeded junk (sleeping bag, extra shirt, bike wheel, anchor etc). Oddly enough I literally felt as if a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. Although with the extra space in my bag and the afore mentioned life motto, it was only a matter of time until my luggage filled up again. Of course I needed the new Beer Saigon vest, four different novels and the emergency jar of peanut butter. Why carry one guide book when you can have three? I even bought two extra bags whilst on my travels which I often used in unison with the others. Essentially I was carrying around 100 litres of junk with me every time I moved places. But this time things will be different. This time I have a plan!…read more on Wandering Wives

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Wandering Wives – Selling Everything

Author: , October 29th, 2015

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The older you get, the more things you own, or as some might say, the more things own you. We own an average amount of stuff; furniture for a two bed house, a lot of books, some art, photographs, DVDs and quite a few sentimental boxes of treasure. Many other travel bloggers will wax lyrical about how their journey is about living off the land, relying on the kindness of strangers, eating mushrooms in a hippy commune and proudly owning nothing but the shirt on their back (plus their smart phone, laptop, kindle, iPod, GPS, and digital SLR camera of course) . Kudos to them, but that is not what our journey is about, we quite like our stuff. If money were no object, I guess we would kit out a Winnebago with our lovingly restored shabby chic furniture. Adorning the walls with our art and photographs, leaving enough drawer space for all our clothes and Ikea bedding. The kitchen would have ample space for our Kenwood mixer, varying size loaf tins and our ever growing collection of Tupperware. However, like most ordinary travellers, money (or how to make it go further) is a pretty big consideration for us.

wandering wives graffitiLetting go of all our belongings and living just with what we can carry is not an easy process. But no one wakes up to an ocean view with the sun rising above it and says “I wish I had a corner couch to sit on and a TV to watch.” For us travel is a process of enrichment and shedding our household items is a necessary part of that. Yes we like our stuff, but when we consider what we are trading it in for, we agree that the swap is more than worth it.

We do not own a house and we decided against paying out for a storage facility for an unknown time-scale. We do not have the luxury of being able to leave everything with Mum and Dad, like the 18 year old gap year crowd. That brought us to one conclusion: sell everything.

Of course when you begin to sort through your belongings it becomes clear that most of it is actually worthless tat that no one would want to buy. So the first stepread more on Wandering Wives

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Packing for the Summertime

Author: , August 15th, 2014

I don’t know about you, but even though it’s August, it still feels very much like Adam Groffmansummertime. (And technically it is!) I’ve got several weekend city breaks around Europe planned for the remainder of my summer, so thought I’d share some of the favorite things I’ve been running around with. It’s a bit of a funny list but that’s probably because I’ve had a strange summer with trips everywhere from Thailand to Poland.

What makes summer such a good time to travel anyways? Maybe it’s the sunshine. Or the good weather. But for me, summer is just such an easy time to pick up and go away. With many thanks to childhood, summertime is essentially the ultimate symbol for freedom.

Travel and freedom are seemingly strange bedfellows, but when you stop to think about it, it makes lots of sense. Those lucky enough to travel far and wide have a special sort of freedom — the ability to wander, to get lost, to see new things, to experience the world. It’s an amazing feeling and one that aligns well with summertime — a time for many freedoms.

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Packing for a Stylish Summer Trip to Europe

Author: , June 17th, 2014

DJ YabisWhat’s hot and what’s yuck in Europe in the summer? How do you stay looking amasin’ (as the cute Spanish boys would say) and stylish as you’re getting tanned in Mykonos, partying in Berlin or eating gelato in Rome? Hint: NOT jersey shirts and DEFINITELY NOT zip-off pants.

This is a totally unsexy topic but I’ll try to make it a tad bit sexier. Summer is definitely here and I get asked every now and then how to pack for a summer trip in Europe. Well, it’s actually pretty easy and you don’t need to pack too much. There are just a few essentials you need to pack and here are mine:

1. Tank tops – get them with summer prints or plain bold colors and a size bigger because fitted tank tops are a no-no. They make you look cheap and chav-y.

2. Shorts – denim, flower prints, silk or whatever flatters your ass. Get them! Europeans are all about wearing shorts as soon as the sun creeps in the horizon in spring even if it’s still 10 degrees. Sun = shorts time.

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How to Look Good, Travel Well & Pack Light

Author: , March 28th, 2014

SuitcaseI’m headed off to Amsterdam VERY SOON with STA Travel. It’s part of a YouTube promotion they’re doing (check out their channel here) and there’s going to be a film crew following me around. O-M-G I’m going to be famous. And you know what? I’m totally worried about what to pack.

(Don’t worry — I’m not some sort of pompous, pretentious fashion freak, it’s just I’m not sure what outfits and styles I should have with me. Amsterdam seems from the outside to be a rather fashionable city. Those Dutch men… so tall and handsome….) Anyways, all this fretting about what to wear had me thinking: what are my travel fashion essentials?

If you’ve ever looked at my Twitter bio, you’d know that I (almost) always travel with skinny ties and skinny jeans. Truth be told, I rarely get a chance to wear skinny ties these days. The jeans, though — they’re definitely in my luggage for every trip. What else is in my bag? Here’s the skinny (sorry for the pun).

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What Should You Pack When Studying Abroad?

Author: , January 31st, 2014

What to Pack - Adam GroffmanBALCIHWEWE! That’s the sound I make when packing. I don’t know about you, but I always leave packing as one of the last things I do before a trip. I usually scribble a short list down in the few days before leaving reminding me to bring certain things (glasses, baseball cap, PASSPORT!) but I inevitably leave the packing for the last hours before running off to the airport.

While packing for my current trip — my one month studying Spanish in Spain — I actually prepared quite a bit in advance. This was my first “big” trip in a while, and because I knew I’d be living in an apartment in Seville (booked through my study abroad program), I knew I’d need to bring certain things. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from all the times I’ve studied abroad (this is sort-of my third time studying abroad, but it must be my gazillionth time living abroad), it’s the importance of bringing things with you to remind you of home. So for me that’s always meant a bit more planning in my study abroad packing lists.

Packing Tips for Study Abroad Students

Here’s my guide on what to pack when you study abroad, based on all the things I’ve brought with me to Spain while studying abroad at Clic.

Authored by Adam Groffman. See the Full Story at Travels of Adam here.

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Packing the Perfect Carry-On

Author: , March 24th, 2013

SuitcaseWant some tips on packing your carry-on bag for your next vacation? Check out this great article over at Shermans Travel:

I admit that I’m pretty particular when it comes to packing for a trip. I have my trusty roller bag that’s perfectly packed with my trip essentials. (I never check luggage – even for month-long trips.) And, I have my carry-on. This is where I keep the necessities for the most comfortable flight possible. Here’s what goes under my seat: Reading material – I bring print magazines and books on the flight. Sure, they’re bulky, but I hate being the sucker staring off into space when we’re asked to turn off all electronics. I like to pay it forward and leave old reading material for the next passenger.

Lesbian Travel: What to Pack for Dinah Shore

Author: , March 25th, 2011

Dinah Shore Palm SpringsYou may think that packing your bags to go to Palm Springs for Dinah Shore Weekend would be just like packing for any other vacation, and you would be so incredibly wrong! When you’re getting your stuff together for the biggest lezzer bikini dance party crazyfest in the USA, you have to make sure you consider every possible situation that could arise, including but not limited to every single person getting her period at the exact same time. Also, needing a ponytail holder.

Lucky for you, Team Autostraddle has braved the wilds of Dinah Shore Weekend before. So we’re exceptionally qualified to give you all sorts of advice on what to bring and how to be prepared for the debauchery — I MEAN GOOD CLEAN WHOLESOME FUN.

Taylor

1. A corkscrew. You’d be surprised how frustrating it is when you don’t have one. Last year Julie Goldman saved my life, and you could make so many friends if you had a corkscrew on you. Believe me. Or circumvent this issue altogether and see #3.

2. Inflatable anything. Kelsey and I picked up an inflatable shark and turtle and the rest is HISTORY. By that I mean, Kelsey posed for lots of super cute photo-ops with those guys.

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