Travel Lessons with My Family

Kids can travel light too. Our kids each brought a small backpack each, one that they could carry (our younger ones had really small backpacks). They’re responsible for their own stuff. We’ve experimented with this on several trips, and it works out well. Give the kids responsibilities.

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My Healthiest Travel Routine Yet

My Healthiest Travel Routine Yet. On our trip to Europe the last couple of weeks, Eva and I tried a new experiment: we ate nothing like we normally do when we travel. We ended up feeling healthier than ever, and I lost 5 lbs. on the trip. This is highly unusual for us, because usually we eat pretty much whatever we feel like when we travel, and

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Tips for Traveling with Kids

Give Them Responsibility. We try to teach them self-sufficiency by asking them to help out with travel responsibilities as we travel. Of course, this has to be appropriate to their abilities and ages, but two of our “kids” are actually adults now, and two are nearly adults, so …

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A Simple Fitness Plan for Travelers

I never rent a car when we travel. Eva and I walk everywhere, taking the occasional subway train. We’ve covered an amazing amount of ground in London — walking is the best way to see a city. We’ve walked for hours and hours every day, mixing the meandering, lazy stroll with a hard paced walk. Walking is one of the best exercises ever.

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The 7 Things I Do to Stay Fit While Traveling

By Leo Babauta. One of the big successes so far in my Grand Travel Experiment has been my fitness while on our long European trip.. As my family of eight enters its last week of this four-week trip, I have to say that I’m probably just as fit as when I left, and in some ways even fitter — I can do more pushups and walk farther and longer, for example.

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My Most Minimal Travel Setup Yet

My Most Minimal Travel Setup Yet. By Leo Babauta. I just got back from a trip to Beijing and Shanghai, and really loved how light I traveled for 8 days. It was the least amount of stuff I’ve taken on a trip of any length, and traveling has never been less tiring. When you have very little on your back, it’s less draining.

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Eva's List: Traveling Light for Women

By Eva Babauta. I definitely did not travel as lightly as Leo did. But, I think that I did a pretty good job of traveling light. Here’s my packing list, carried in one backpack. In my 15-inch packing folder were: a pair of shorts. underwear. 4 thin comfortable tank tops. a pair of pants with adjustable drawstring hem.

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Getting Started with Traveling Ultralight

“He who would travel happily must travel light.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry By Leo Babauta I’m on a trip at the moment, and a friend who generously let me sleep on his couch looked at my small travel backpack and commented on how little I travel with: “That’s impressive,” he said. I …

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How to Develop an Awesome Sense of Direction

By Leo Babauta It’s strange, but I’ve discovered I have a better sense of direction than many people — when I travel, it doesn’t take that long for me to figure out the lay of the land, and soon I’m walking around almost like a local. But I’ve also found out that many other people […]

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36 Great Tips for Keeping Travel as Simple as Possible

Keep your travel itinerary fluid, so that you can soak up the atmosphere in each place. Leave room for the serendipitous and when plans don’t work out, treat it as an opportunity! Arrive earlier than you think is necessary — for domestic travel, try to arrive at least 2 hours before flight time; on …

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5 Powerful Reasons to Drive Slower, and How to Do It

I have recently acquired a TomTom GPS in car navigator. Amongst its many astonishing features, it has a display on it that shows you your estimated arrival time for the route you are traveling … Now here is the kicker; I used to routinely travel at 130% of the speed limit everywhere … I thought that I was keeping myself alert and saving time.

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5 Tips For When You Have Too Much to Do

By Leo Babauta Too much to do, not enough time. This is a perpetual problem for a lot of people, but it seems to be especially pronounced during the holidays. With holiday events, shopping, travel, family visiting … things tend to pile on top of our already busy lives. But no matter what time of […]

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Living the Simple Life

When you travel lightly, you’re freer, less burdened, less tired. This applies to life, not just travel. Your attention is your most valuable possession. Give it as a gift to the people you love most, not a bunch of clowns on the Internet. Give it to the work that matters most, …

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Living Lightly with the One-Bag Lifestyle

Living Lightly with the One-Bag Lifestyle. I’ve been on a handful of long trips this year and in recent years, and on all those trips, I lived out of a small bag. I loved living so lightly, but every time I came home, it felt weird: all of a sudden I had about 10x more stuff. It didn’t feel in alignment with the light, minimal lifestyle.

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Too Much to Do, Not Enough Time

Plus more: you want to travel, workout, meditate, learn a new skill, read more, be the perfect spouse (or find a spouse), be the perfect parent/friend/sibling, draw or create music, and so on. Your ideals don’t match with reality — the reality is that you can’t do this all today, or even this week.

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The Cheapskate Guide: 50 Tips for Frugal Living

Travel frugally. I actually don’t travel (or haven’t for years), but if you do have to travel, some advance planning can save you money. Airfare is most expensive, usually, so look to buy your ticket in advance, and look for deals. Also consider train travel. Shop around …

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Why You (Almost) Never See a Fat Japanese (or, How I Lost

Read more: Our Japan travel blog, and all our Japan photos. Previous post: All the Advice on Happiness You’ll Ever Need in One Post. Next post: Why Your Email Inbox Is NOT a Good To-do List. Life-changing training programs and live experiences from Zen Habits: Transformation, one change at a time.

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How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck

I’m also planning for retirement, a little travel, and a simple house. My finances are much better off today than they were just a year and a half ago. Kiplinger magazine just posted a good article entitled, “ Stop Living From Paycheck to Paycheck ” and I’d like to share my thoughts on the subject as well.

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Reclaim Your Time: 20 Great Ways to Find More

Take advantage of this time. Lunch breaks. If the three golden times mentioned above don’t work for you, lunch breaks are another good opportunity to schedule things. Some people like to exercise, or to take quiet times, during their lunch breaks. Others use this time …

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A Guide for Young People: What to Do With Your Life

If you’re good at discomfort and uncertainty, you could do all kinds of things: travel the world and live cheaply while blogging about it, write a book, start a business, live in a foreign country and teach English, learn to program and create your own software, take a job with a startup, create an online magazine with other good young

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The Subtle Power of Changing Your Identity

A runner will get back into it even after a week of disruption (maybe due to visitors, illness, travel, injury, etc.). Don’t think of the disruption as proof that you’re not a runner, but instead approach the disruption as if you are a runner. Again, there are many other things …

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10 Ideas for Living a Life Without Credit or Debt

Travel without credit. It’s a common belief that you can’t rent a hotel room or a car without a credit card. This is false. It’s easy to rent a hotel room, for example, with a cash deposit. You just need to call around to find the right hotels. The same goes with car rentals (see this article for more evidence of this).

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A Guide to Practical Contentment

You want a beautiful model’s body. You want to achieve certain goals, personally and professionally. You want to travel the world and learn languages and learn a musical instrument and be an amazing chef and have an amazing social life and the perfect spouse and kids and incredible achievements and be the fittest person on the planet.

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12 Essential Rules to Live More Like a Zen Monk

36 Great Tips for Keeping Travel as Simple as Possible (and Two Poems) Life-changing training programs and live experiences from Zen Habits: Transformation, one change at a time. Fall in love with uncertainty. Free Live Masterclass Getting Your One Thing Done. Get Zen Habits in Your Inbox Get Updates Join 2,000,000 breath-taking readers:

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50 Ways to Be Romantic on the Cheap

Give dark chocolates. Read poetry together. Prepare strawberries with fondue chocolate. Snuggle together on a rainy day. Leave little love notes everywhere. Send a love email every day. Take a moonlit walk on the beach. Snuggle together while watching romantic movies (Casablanca, Audrey Hepburn are my …

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The Simplicity Cycle: Returning to Paring Down to Find

Survival gear, travel gear, tech gear, hiking gear: Every now and then, I really get into a topic and decide I want the best gear in that area. I bought cool survival and travel gear, and too much ultralight backpacking gear. I don’t go overboard with tech gear, but sometimes I get a …

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The Amazing Power of Being Present

The Tao of Travel. Next post: Exercises for the Terminally Busy. Life-changing training programs and live experiences from Zen Habits: Transformation, one change at a time. Fall in love with uncertainty. Free Live Masterclass Getting Your One Thing Done. Get Zen Habits in Your Inbox Get Updates Join 2,000,000 breath-taking readers:

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Spend time with family and loved ones

Call them up. A phone call is an easy way to connect with someone. It’s conversation, without the need for travel. What an invention! :) Have 30 minutes? You might not get the chance to do this every day, but at least once a week, take 30 minutes to drop in on someone you love (call first, so you don’t catch them in their underwear) and

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3 Little Tricks to Deal With People Who Offend You

By Leo Babauta Something that we struggle with daily, that eats us up and causes stress and anger: annoying people. You know those people: they cut in line, are rude to you in the office or at the restaurant, cut you off in traffic, talk loudly about obnoxious things, play loud music when you’re trying […]

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Mindful Diet: Dealing with Eating in Social Situations and

Dealing with Eating in Social Situations and Travel Post written by Leo Babauta. Two of the most difficult situations for most people when it comes to mindful, healthy eating are social eating, and eating while traveling. When you’re at a party, a work lunch meeting, eating with friends or family … it’s hard to be […]

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Sticking to a Habit: The Definitive Guide

Sticking to a Habit: The Definitive Guide. By Leo Babauta. The hardest thing for most people, when it comes to building habits, is sticking to it long enough for it to become ingrained. Duh, Leo. It’s why most people don’t exercise or eat healthy, why people procrastinate or have clutter or debt, why people smoke and drink soda, why people

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20 Things I Wish I Had Known When Starting Out in Life

20 Things I Wish I Had Known When Starting Out in Life. “Everything has been figured out, except how to live.”. – Jean-Paul Sartre. I’m nearly 35 years old, and I’ve made my share of mistakes in my life. I’m not a big believer in regrets … and I have learned tremendously from every single mistake … and my life is …

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100 Ways to Have Fun with Your Kids for Free

By Leo Babauta Yesterday I posted about Family Day, where we try to have fun together as a family, often for free or without spending much money. I thought it would be useful to list some ways to have fun with your kids without spending a lot of money: Have a reading marathon. Write stories […]

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25 Ways to Simplify Your Life with Kids

Always bring snacks. Kids always get hungry. So be ready — if you’re going on the road, pack some snacks in baggies. Crackers, cheese, fruit, carrot sticks, PB&J sandwiches, graham crackers, peanuts, raisins all make good portable snacks. An insulated lunch container with …

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Ultralight: The Zen Habits Guide to Traveling Light

By Leo Babauta. I’m excited to announce the latest “short read” ebook that I’ve written: Ultralight: The Zen Habits Guide to Traveling Light & Living Light. Traveling light has become one of the joys of my life, shedding the extra weight in return for freedom, lightness, and energy.

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Opt Out: A Simplicity Manifesto

You could sell everything and travel the world with a backpack. You could start a business on a shoestring budget, building something meaningful. You could read more, take long walks, go on a bike trip, take classes and meet new people, teach something online, finally write that book you’ve been meaning to write, finally learn to draw, paint

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Traveling Lightly & Being Grounded in the Middle of Chaos

By Leo Babauta Today Eva and I decided at the last minute to move our round-the-world trip up two days early, to avoid running into a strong typhoon that was headed our way. Luckily, we travel lightly and are flexible enough that the switch in plans wasn’t too difficult. We put up some typhoon shutters, […]

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8 Key Lessons for Living a Simple Life

By Leo Babauta For the last dozen years, I’ve been living a (relatively) simple life. At times, the complexity of my life grows, and I renew my commitment to living simply. Living a simple life is about paring back, so that you have space to breathe. It’s about doing with less, because you realize that […]

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5 Questions to Simplify Your Life During the

By Leo Babauta. For many people, the holiday season is the busiest, most complicated, most stressful time of year. Holiday parties, gift shopping and wrapping, decorating, travel plans, end-of-the-year projects, planning for the new year … these are all added on top of your regular business. And life before the holidays was already pretty busy.

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The Six Key Steps to Healthy Finances in Your

In the beginning, just start spitting out different things each of you wants — a house, kids, college education for the kids, a healthy emergency fund, nice cars, travel each year, nice clothes, gadgets and computers, etc. Then start to prioritize, and see if you can come up with things in common.

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No Excuses: Minimalism with Kids

Travel with a small backpack each. When we go on family trips (Europe in 2012, for example), we go with one small backpack each. At first they were reluctant, but they’ve seen how much lighter and easier it is to travel that way. It’s really such a big difference, being easily able to hop on trains, go into subways, run through airports

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Why I Read (+ a Dozen Book Recommendations)

Why I Read (+ a Dozen Book Recommendations) By Leo Babauta. In the quiet morning hours, or as I fade off to sleep at night, I cuddle up with a good novel. This book is my world, my quiet time away from the din and discordance of the everyday world, but it’s also a way to explore the world in imaginative new ways. There’s nothing that beats it.

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How to Get Back on Track with Motivation & Habits

We get tired because of travel, illness, a lack of sleep, etc. … and the tiredness makes us feel unmotivated towards our project or habit. Tiredness is a huge obstacle, because when you’re tired, you don’t feel motivated, your mood isn’t as good, and you just want to comfort yourself with distractions and food (among other things).

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The Quickstart Guide to a Decluttered Home

A photo of a loved one, a gift from a family member, a memento from a wedding or travel, a treasured item from a dead grandfather. These items don’t actually contain the memories or love that we think are in them, and practicing letting go of the items while holding onto the love is a good practice.

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