what a difference 50 years can make

or not

So. Fucking. Important.

India, Recap

I’m back to traveling and just returned from five weeks in India.

Id love to say I made some spiritual realisation in India but I’m not that kind of person. So I’ll be honest, I enjoyed it but not for India, just for the fantastic people I met.

I began working at ThoughtWorks, a global tech consulting company that sends all its new recruits to India to train. I met people from Singapore, China, Australia, Brazil, UK, and more and made good friends with them all.

God it feels weird to say goodbye to them. Over five weeks I spent around 100% of my time exclusively with a bunch of fantastic folks. I laughed with them, paired with them, and grew from them in a way that rivaled my study abroad experience.

Luckily, this means traveling will be easier from now on. I’ll be frequenting Manchester and all parts of the USA. I’ll be flying more often than not. And I’m excited. My global network is bigger than ever before and I’m excited to start this next chapter of my life.

10 Travel Movies Sure To Fuel Your Wanderlust


To celebrate the release of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty on DVD, I have composed a list of awesome and adventurous movies that are sure to fuel your travel dreams and give you endless inspiration.

1. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty


2. In Bruges


3. Away We Go


4. Into The Wild


5. Lost in Translation


6. The Darjeeling Limited


7. Paris, je t’aime


8. Euro Trip


9. Up In The Air


10. Roman Holiday


mindblips said: Hi there! I'm also going to study abroad at the University of Sussex, but for 2 months for summer school. I'm definitely planning to travel around Europe for ~3 weeks after my program ends, and during long weekends. Do you think it's enough for me to bring just a carryon and a backpack? Laundry is expensive at the University, but it seems cheaper to just pack light/little. Would love some advice from you. Thanks!

Hi there! Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you. 
Would you be bringing a carryon and a backpack for the whole trip? If you plan on bringing that much whenever you travel within Europe it’ll probably be too much. Most budget airlines only allow a very small carryon and thats it, they’ll charge you up the ass for any extra stuff. 

If you plan on packing that for your whole experience then you’ll be fine! I honestly over packed when I went to Sussex,  all you really need is clothes :). If you’re planning on flying back from England, it might be a good idea to put your stuff in storage somewhere cheap in Brighton. Would save you a ton of money on checked baggage! 

Also small tip from one Sussex student to the next: Do some of your laundry in the sink. Its around £5 for a small load of laundry, which really adds up over time. Let me know if you have any more questions, and have a TON of fun traveling. You’ll love it :D

I wasn’t prepared for how much I would miss England. 

I love the G spot hostel. Anyone going to Lisbon should definitely check it out. 

Everything You Never Need

So backpacking has made me an expert packer. And even if you’re packing for a vacation, or a year long excursion, these tips are sure to help you. 

1. Don’t be a dick 

Be honest with yourself, what do you actual, factually, need to survive? If you’re not sure what this is, clean up your house completely and then go about the montions of living for a few days (don’t put anything away after you use it!!). Observe what gets taken out after this period. You’ll be surprised, you probably dont use as much of the crap you have as you think you do.

2. Take that stuff you “need” and half it. 

No joke. Everything you used from your experiment in living needs to be seriously evaluated. How often did you use something? Do you think you’ll really be needing it while traveling? 

3. Remember that you can buy things if you really need them 

If you didn’t pack something you find you absolutely must have, you can probably find it where ever you’re going. Don’t stress about leaving something behind that you think you may need! 

4. Pack less clothes than you think you’ll need. 

This is especially true if you think you’ll be doing some clothes shopping while you’re traveling. You’ll want to leave room for the way cooler stuff you end up purchasing, so don’t over pack on clothes!

Packing well is really trial and error though, so as you pack more you’ll get better and better! 

Things that are cool to have: 

-Tiny travelers towel: I bought a towel the size of a golf ball and it literally saved my life. You can find really small microfiber towels online or in camping stores, and you will not regret having them. 

-Vacuum seal compression bags: These are amazing for packing your clothes tightly to maximize space. Find some of the ones that you can roll the are out of instead of needing a vacuum to compress them down. I personally love these and wouldn’t travel without them 

Fucking smudge on a camera lens ruins all pictures

Just some Gaudi architecture