The Most Illogical, Unreasonable, and Absurd Things We Pack- Life on the Road Tips
We’ve been traveling a long time now. We’ve seen all sorts of odd things, participated in amazing festivals, and have slept under every imaginable and unimaginable condition you can imagine. (Oh, oh, oh! New all-time high, which even beats sleeping in a bar with the kids, is now… a slightly up-graded whore house. Yes, I’m proud, and yes, more details of this world-schooling classroom adventure soon.)
We’ve reached all sort of enlightenments and insights (most famously noted in I Know Nothing And 99 Other Things The Road Has Taught Me), have endangered our lives more times than we’d like to admit, have volunteered as a family around the globe, and melted down and broken enough to be considered seriously off-balance. We sometimes consider ourselves reasonable, sane adults leading our family to greatness; and sometimes feel like lost, bewildered children besides ourselves in self-doubt. So, when people ask us questions about travel, like what do you pack, what unreasonable things do you tote around, and what would you have done differently, I always smile and say way more than anyone would have asked for.
How This Is Going Down
I like to think of my talks with you like friends sitting together and laughing, and the conversation goes here and there, and always reaches that point when we both say, “How in the world did we start talking about this?” and backtrack and figure it out. So, welcome to this talk, and let’s see where it leads us. I do hope it leads you to comment, and actively join that discussion with me, for a- it helps us tremendously to show our sponsors that we have an active online presence and b- I want to know, talk, laugh, and rub ideas off of you and your experiences too.
The Most Illogical, Unreasonable Things We Carry
- too many laptops that don’t work
- that huge IKEA stuffed animal dog that the Korean guy gave us in Thailand
- that huge Greek Mythology Book (year one)
- that even heavier Stars book by the guy who wrote Curious George (year two)
- 13 Malaysian workbooks (6 English, 6 Math, and 1 extra-large Science- year three)
- the second-hand winter jackets we bought for 80 cents in Da Lat, Vietnam
- a guitar I play with fervor for two months and then don’t touch for three
- half of the sentimental things the kids carry around in their bags (their issue)
- the Steripen we haven’t used since Lima, Peru (May 2012)
- too many gadgets, wires, and hard-drives that don’t work (including MP3’s that are rarely charged or not working)
What We Would Do Differently
I recognize that we are all wiser looking back so it’s almost silly to answer this but all the same, I’ll play…
- I would still move slowly like we did the first two years
- I would trust the Universe that the money will come and stop living like we are in a dire state of emergency
- I would hopefully not keep repeating My Greatest Travel Mistake even though I do (I’m a slow learner)
- would still lovingly recognize that I’m Just A Butt In The Wind
- would have looked better and prevented the motorcycle accident with Solai and I in Cambodia
- would have known that a different insurance may have helped cover all the stuff that got sucked out of the huge hole under the couch of the RV that we lost
- would buy an RV and travel much slower in the US
- would have stopped accepting comments on the blog and in Facebook from those light-less bullies way earlier
- would care less that people I had expected to love and support me just gossip about me and don’t support
- would read more books on the reader and stop resisting it cuz it’s not a ‘real book’
What Else I Would Share In This Odd Little Patchwork Interview
- that i love to watch Solai waving at the boats that come chugging along the river here in Malacca, Malaysia
- that a boat, gratefully, passes every two-five minutes so she is happily entertained
- that I can’t believe that River One Residence Hostel invited us for four nights just so that they could meet us
- that Solai just tossed her hat in the air for fun and the fan flung it across the room, tearing her new flower bonnet
- that I’m sorry I snapped at her when she spoke to me (again) while I was trying to complete a thought (again)
- that I love the mid-day breeze in Malacca
- that we miss the staff at Hard Rock Hotel Penang, The Lakehouse Cameron Highlands, and Casa Del Rio Melaka who were soooooo kind to us and were overjoyed to spoil and treat us in every way
- that I’m happy to go to Country #12 in two days, but happier to settle down in one place until the Annapurna in September
- that life is just love, and if we can’t see it, we must remove the layers of guilt and fear and greed that block it, cuz that’s really, really all there is, and I want to stop forgetting that
- that my friend Val (ThisWayToParadise) just wrote a post about what she’s learned in her 4 month travel sojourn and one of them was the deep value of waiting, which Westerns don’t get, and now, in year three, I totally do. Waiting is awesome!
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