Wednesday, October 7, 2009

NEO-GYPSY'S TRAVEL GUIDE


The world is shrinking (and the earth is going bald! Cruel joke...) but through the process has evolved a neo-nomad who lives his life on the jet as much as on the ground. Professionals like engineers, artists, businessmen have begun to live about half a year in a continent and the other half in some other continent. As thrilling as it sounds "living in suitcases" can be a daunting experience, at least the packing part of it. Not everyone can live like Rahul Bose in just two jeans. A girl needs to flaunt her blings and also carry them everywhere.
What seems to be the toughest part for the wife is that the days of romantic caravans have passed and the jet-age requires you to do some jet-speed packing, there's also the "excess luggage" worry to deal with. Here are some tips for the harried partners.
Recession Wisdom: One thing that recession has taught us and our forefathers knew (and even our father)and one which we shouldn't forget is to live economically and to live within our means. This is especially true for someone who travels often, they just cannot afford "whim buying"; that antique furniture or the outrageously priced painting by that famous painter is clearly off the list.
Think long-term, That might seem ironical because you never know where you will be six months from now. But there will be clearly some stuff that you will need over and over, and some stuff that you can do without.
Categorise: Place documents like your passports, certificates and other such necessary documents under "high importance" category. Literally place them on the pedestal, it will be a tough job if you lose them or spoil them in any way. Keep them neatly filed, laminated and under inspection wherever you go. Medication, if any, falls in this category also and so does money. Clothes and food could be in least important category.
Travel Like A Bird: Indians typically behave like snails, they carry all of their homes on their backs. There will always be some Indians stopped at the airports due to excess weights in their bags. Embarrassed, yet they will take their own sweet time to decide on items to do away, most often then not they will fight. It might sound romantic to collect memorabilia everywhere you travel. But you just cannot carry it everywhere you go. Keep it in your hometown to show off in old age but it can't travel the world with you.
Babushka Logic: Babushka dolls are Russians dolls, one placed inside the other bigger doll, in progressive sizes. When packing stuff use the same logic. You cannot buy vessels and storage jars every year or two. But carrying them might seem outrageous. But if you buy them in progressive sizes they will fit in a duffle bag or a haversack. Crockery will not be your best bet, and if you can't think about stainless steel, copperware could be a very good option, it has a old world charm and you do not have to worry about breaking them.
On the other hand investing in portable irons, kettles and other such smart gadgets would be a good idea, but don't forget the adaptors.
Stack your socks inside your sneakers. Use every milimetre of your vanity case. Basically don't leave any hollow space. Planning to carry your whole wardrobe won't be a good idea but having a good planned wardrobe will ensure that you always have a dress for any occasion until you are little set at the new place. Having fabrics that do not crease, or mix-and-match costumes is a good idea.
Around two destinations will give you an idea about how you can move about as lightly as possible, and the gypsy in you will learn to fit his caravan within luggage weight limits pretty soon.

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