Covid-19 Update: Stopped travelling? You can learn another language or dance while you wait.

Howdy from our bunker. You’re not travelling, I’m not travelling nor going dancing, and it’s not advisable for the foreseeable future. You can see how unwise it is to travel here (CDC info).

So perhaps it’s time to use this site’s advice to learn a language. Get on Italki to practice that language or to take online classes in a new one. Meet people from all over the world and reconnect with old friends virtually. The “learn” menu of this website is the only one that is relevant at this time, but it offers more than enough tempting projects to fill a lifetime.

It’s never been easier to connect with all kinds of dance teachers from all over the world teaching exotic, wonderful moves, and learn what they have to offer via Instagram, YouTube, and webcams. You can still do yoga and exercise. Books still exist. Wikipedia probably has some knowledge you haven’t yet absorbed about wild, intriguing parts of the world.

Stay minimalist, zen, and positive. It’s good for your immune system, mind, and spirit.

— Mose

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Pack Lighter, Fly Less, Journey Deeper

Evolving to carrying a lighter load leads to better travelling

I’ve been on the road for most of the last 15 years. And like most travellers, I started out carrying too much stuff, and eventually learned to whittle it down.

And the lighter I travel, the more I want to make sure that the few things I do carry work really well.

I’m the guy who will spend days trying out plug adapters in order to find the lightest, most useful one to take on the road.

It’s madness, but there is at least a bit of method to it.

I want the adventures to be good ones;  I’m happy to be come across an impromptu street Brazilian dance party and less happy to waste a night in a Brazilian bus station at 5am because my credit card was rejected.

So this site is about the practical stuff for really good, simple travel — or permanent, slow nomadism. I’m happy to be joined here by a few more writers and researchers who think likewise. We hope the info will help you on your wanderings as well.

Mose & co.

Illustration by Johanna Thomé de Souza

We Know Worthwhile Luggage

For years we’ve obsessively reviewed the most lightweight yet durable luggage for frequent and long-term travel. We love backpacks, but think wheels are not an invention to be ignored, and thus generally prefer combination rolling backpacks.

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Better Train Booking for Europe

The booking process for the continent's official national train websites can be awful, particularly for non-Europeans.

We love riding the rails in Europe and have done so for a few decades between us. So we’ve put together a complete guide to riding European trains.

We’ve also gained insights from a train inspector about what it’s like to be on the other side of the adventure.

And finally, we’ve analyzed all of the options and uncovered the most convenient (and cheapest) way to buy European train tickets online.


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What is Minimalist.Travel?

We're devoted to spending our travel dollars and most importantly time where it counts. We'd rather carry a few things that work well, rather than a large suitcase full of "just-in-case" accessories. We want to hit just a few destinations and really enjoy them, and travel low-carbon wherever possible, rather than take whirlwind tours. And we want to help others who hope to do the same, and really dig into the delights that minimalist travel can provide.

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