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I’ve been traveling since I was seven. My mother was ill and I was packed off to a holiday in Ireland – from our home in Scotland at the time – I don’t remember the holiday – but I do remember the excitement of catching my first flight – unaccompanied! I must admit over the years the romance and excitement of planes has worn off a bit but I still get excited showing up at the airport at the start of a new adventure.
I’ve been to every continent except Antarctica – and that’s on the list. I’ve traveled solo and with friends. I’ve traveled with a partner. I’ve stayed in flea-pit hostels and luxury hotels. I’ve used travel agents and booked my own trips. I have bought almost every major travel guide on the planet and used most of them.
Travel is my passion – but it has never been my career. Though I became a geologist at least partly because I was hoping to get a trip to the Antarctica research station my School had access to - didn’t quite work out though (couldn’t be bothered with the PhD). Geology took me to some remote corners of Papua New Guinea and Australia – and yes there is a very good reason that some places are “off the beaten track” – not all of which are good. Retraining I deliberately chose a field which was in high demand so a) I would earn good money to fund my travel habit and b) would be easily enough be able to get another job if an employer didn’t understand my requirement for 2-month holidays. Computing did fulfill its side of the bargain but in the end the boredom of doing something that I grew to hate was too much.
These days I work in the back bedroom, in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, with easy access to the airport and the world. I work in my pajamas when I feel like it. I’m a writer, developer and promoter of websites about various topics – but travel is still my passion – and that’s why I developed my Lis’s Travel Tips eBook series.
on Nov. 08, 2011 :
I just finished reading this book. I read it all in one sitting: it was easy to read and Lis managed to keep the topic of packing and planning entertaining enough to keep me reading.
First things first, this is a lot more than a "packing list". Although it does come with a few lists, it also comes with a philosophy to get you out of the mindset of taking things "just in case". If you think you need a huge backpack or suitcase and are already packing light, then read this and you'll know it's possible to pack lighter.
I am currently planning my first extended trip to Southeast Asia and found the advice about warm climate clothing and shoes particularly helpful (it covers colder climates too), and it was also good to know about the mosquito nets. Like Lis, I also work from my laptop on the road so I was also very interested to read the chapter on travel gadgets. True, I have read countless blogs and online articles on the topic already, but Lis really seems to "get it", and it's useful reading pretty much everything I needed in one place.
I am totally convinced that packing light is the way to go! And, although the author admitted she wasn't a fan of putting together detailed packing lists, I have just put mine together and am confident about ordering the smaller backpack I had my eye on now (32 litres).
Excellent for all kinds of travel, where you don't want your things to weigh you down physically and mentally.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on July 22, 2011 :
This book is a must for travellers everywhere. Nicely laid out, but more importantly, easy to read, Elisabeth Sowerbutts has managed to turn what could have been a dull and boring book about packing for vacations into a delightful read that will really open your eyes to all aspects of travel. Many of us fall into the trap of thinking there are no shops in the world, and that we must take everything we could possibly need for every eventuality, just in case. This is so not true as this wonderful vacation packing list points out in so many ways. This book is so much more than a simple packing list. This a well-thought out, thought-provoking book which really will save you a lot of hassle if the ideas within are implemented.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on July 18, 2011 :
Jam-packed with tips. I don't travel except for my trips home to visit the family, but the info will still be helpful for my next journey back home.
Some of the stuff could probably be better organized, but I appreciate the important bits repeated often enough that I won't miss them.
(reviewed the day of purchase)