I had to pass this information onto you because I thought it was a brilliant idea…
There’s a guy in the USA who has been living out of the van for the past few years. He’s gone and purchased a Gym Membership from 2 of the biggest national fitness chains who have gyms in almost all major cities.
He’s found that he needed two memberships from the 2 separate gyms because each establishment doesn’t always have their gym in the city he is visiting. But he always able to find one or the other, not only allowing him to have a hot shower whenever he wants, but he gets full use the gym, track, swimming pools, sauna and other benefits…. while traveling!
He’s worked out his “costs of living” and according to him, both memberships have more than paid for themselves in benefits in just a little over 3 months.
The other day I received an email with a few questions, one of which I wanted to share with you.
The reader asked the following: (Regarding over night or longer trips)
Q: “Of all the equipment and gear you have used, what are a couple things you consistently take with you that others may not even consider?”
Besides the general stuff of a backpack, camera, water and a granola bar, there are 2 other things that I always make sure to pack:
The First is my hand-written journal. While out on an adventure, I try to write in it every night or every other night recapping the days events. I don’t want to forget some of the amazing experiences or details that I wish to share with you.
The Second item I consistently take with me is my emergency blanket, you know the silver one that sounds like tinfoil when you wrap yourself with it. I’ve used it more than a few times. I actually had to use during my kayaking adventure one night. It made for a great barrier between my water logged air mattress and my sleeping bag.
Whether you’re a day-tripper or an over night adventurer, I encourage you to journal about your day. You’re future self will thank you for it!
I located some great deals on Journals & Emergency Blankets
through Amazon to get you started:
Being new to the area, which will be my home for the next several months, I have joined a few local groups to get out and participate, which helps with making new friends, seeing and doing what the locals enjoy doing, as well as gaining knowledge of the surrounding areas. Locals know of all the great places!
Why should you join a local photography group? Did you know that most photography groups go on Field Trips, which means – Exploring! Sight Seeing! Adventure! New Areas! … and … each member is a local! That means you have access to a wide range of knowledge! Each member can point you in the right direction of amazing sights to explore. And they’ll give you tips to enhance your photography skills.
A couple other groups I joined involve the website Meetup. Lots of groups with various interests to check out! My first time participating in a group activity involved going on a hike along the Fraser River in Abbotsford, BC. Although I enjoyed the various aspects of it, it had me thinking….
Living the minimalist lifestyle definitely has its advantages. It’s not the sole way of living, but its a lifestyle I enjoy because I never have to worry about “things, stuff, materialistic stuff”. I’m free from being held down by material items. I’m free to be me!
How do you let go of your acquired empire? What do you do with your accumulated mass of possessions? What about those sentimental items? You have to take a good hard look at what is important to you. Sometimes what you see as being important is really not that important in the grand scheme of things. The sentimental items are a tough one. Try giving them to a relative for safe keeping. I can’t tell you what is and what is not important, that’s a question you have to sit back and truthfully ask yourself.
Take a weekend to purge your possessions and see what happens. You might find yourself purging for a few weekends. When you do, let me know the outcome!