Eytan from 20 Liter Adventure shows us how to travel ultra light.
TurnipSeed Travel is thrilled to present a comprehensive, ultra-light packing guide from seasoned blogger Eytan Levy of 20 Liter Adventure. Eytan is a self described "pretentious English major whose rant-laden, sarcastic tirades occasionally include budget travel tips and other international nonsense." We're thrilled to have him on our team!
"I could never do that."
"I like options."
"I want to look nice."
As an obsessive ultralight backpacker, I've heard every excuse in the book. Most of the time, people find it absolutely unthinkable that anything less than 52 outfits will serve their needs while they're on the road, so they won't even bother trying to cut things down, or paying attention to those who have.
There's a great arts scene waiting to be discovered in Tunisia. This is what makes the International Festival of Sousse so memorable.
The last several years have been tumultuous for Tunisia and it's coverage in the press has reflected that. Tunisia was at the forefront of the Arab Spring, disposing its less-than-democratic ruler and triggering revolutions across the Middle East and North Africa.
But unlike its more tempestuous neighbours, Tunisia has made huge strides towards democracy and is no longer embroiled in the conflict it found itself in back in 2011. Once again safe to visit, Tunisia sits perched at the top of North Africa and has a lot to offer tourists. One event that’s certainly open for visitors is the International Festival of Sousse, that runs every year in July and August. Here' what you need to know about one of Tunisia's most popular festivals.
Grand Canyon planning starts with the basics. Here's what you need to know to visit this iconic park (no matter if your travel styles are wild and a bit wimpy like me!)
Few locations capture the beauty, mystery, and romance of the American Southwest like the Grand Canyon. This extraordinary natural wonder captivates thousands of people each year and for good reason – it really is stunning! While extraordinary adventures are everywhere to be found, the Grand Canyon is still a wonderful destination for anti-adventurists like me! You could spend days admiring the scenic vistas, honing your photography skills, and enjoying informative presentations from the renowned park rangers. But Grand Canyon planning starts with the basics. Here's what you need to know to organize your trip.
For two years, I called St. John's my home... Here's what I learned to love about Newfoundland.
I lived in St. John’s, Newfoundland for 18 months as a graduate student at Memorial University and had previously visited different areas of the island several times to visit friends. Renowned as one of the friendliest places in the world, there were many things I loved about Newfoundland…. but also a few that I didn't. Here's my take on this popular destination!
1.) Rich folklore – Newfoundland has a wonderful artistic community, ranging from music to literature to handicrafts to storytelling. Visiting a museum or going on a walking tour is a great thing to do in St. John’s. Every guide has a flare for the dramatic and knows that sharing oral legends is as important as sharing the facts of history.
It's a skirt! It's a short! But is it really a skort?
Like many ladies, my view of a skort is an above-the-knee pair of shorts with a skirt-style front, combining the sporty practicality of shorts with a more polished skirt finish. My Tilley Endurable skort is much different -a pair of knee length, lightweight, comfortable, regular shorts – with a detachable skirt that can zip over them! How crafty is that!?! The skirt layer is a few inches longer than the shorts, hitting below my knees, and attaches around the waist band via a discreet zipper. You can easily unzip the skirt portion in under 30 seconds, and it just takes a tiny bit longer to re-zip it back on.
Everyone has enemies. Mine always surface when I travel. Here's an intimate look at my many moments of travel embarrassment and hillarity.
It’s natural to have some reservations, some nervousness, some fears about travel. While most people have concerns about bed bugs or pickpockets, I have some unique nemeses that I try to avoid on every trip. They sound so silly but these are the source of much travel embarrassment!! Here are my 5 most fearsome adversaries.
There’s bad blood between my family and the rooster community. As a young girl, my father regaled me with his childhood tales of being attacked by roosters in the barnyard, assuring me that these crafty, vindictive birds would peck your eyes out if you were to trip and fall! Such charming bedside stories!
True to form, roosters stalked my guest house in Malawi, making it necessary to take a wildly twisting route to circumvent their territory. I flew down the red dirt road as the roosters chased me, clucking wildly, their bloodlust only heightening by my fear.
This wouldn't be my last encounter with the rooster community, who shadowed me relentlessly on Oahu and Maui. My future dream trip to Kauai seems a perilous fantasy, as the island is famous for its wild chicken population.
2 Days - 2 People - $200. Can We Camp On A Budget In Algonquin Park?
In the fall of 2012, Ryan and I undertook our first $200 challenge. We conceived the idea of taking a short trip for 2 people, just 2 days, for only $200. We didn't want it to be just any trip – we wanted to prove that even bare bones, budget travel can be just as enjoyable as more expensive trips.
Our first challenge took us to Smugglers Notch State Park in Stowe, Vermont. It was a wonderful experience and we soaked in the gorgeous fall colors and thoroughly investigated the local food scene. Between the charming town of Stowe and the beautiful scenic drives– we certainly proved you don’t need to spend a lot to enjoy a lot! We also encountered a few problems along the way and we did end up a bit over budget. Our biggest bump in the road came when our camp stove died on our first morning and we were forced to eat out more than we had planned!
We're testing the STM Velo 2 & Cable Wrap to see if they solve our travel packing problems.
A Packing Challenge
My passion with ultra-lite, organized packing is well known – I spend days (if not weeks!) obsessing over the placement of everything in my pack, debating each items’ merits and weighing it according (sometime literally weighing it!). But no matter how much I organize the main pack; there are always last minute odds and ends being stashed in my day bag. While I’d like to keep my day bag for just my camera, or maybe my iPad, the reality is that water bottles, magazines, snack packs, umbrellas, guidebooks and more tend to infiltrate it! The result is a heavy, awkward, bulging mess.
Update: Tilley Endurables no longer sells travel dresses. I hope this post inspires you to check out other wonderful products they make!
Last week TurnipSeed Travel was thrilled to announce a partnership with Tilley Endurables, to outfit us on our Around the World adventure this fall.
For a sneak peak of some of the clothing going in our carry on only bags for the trip we will be reviewing an article or two every week or so until we depart. Last week we reviewed our Tilley Hats. Today, TST is going to show you the one go item that every lady needs in her closet: The little black dress - Tilley Style!
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