Backpacking through Europe

This is a dream of mine for two reasons: First, I want to experience the excitement of traveling between countries on a whim. Secondly, I really want to try my hand at minimalism. Backpacking through Europe seems to be a great way to accomplish both.

Now I know that it won’t be easy ( I own over 100 pairs of shoes for crying out loud) but the challenge of living with only what I can stuff in a backpack seems enlightening. The packing process will be interesting and probably comical for those who get to witness it but I think I can pull it off. Here is my impromptu packing list:

– 3 shirts

– 1 lightweight sweater

– 2 pairs of pants

– 2 pairs of shoes ( gasp, I think my blood pressure just spiked!)

– 2 pairs of socks

– My water bobble (see My Faves)

– Chapstick

– Sunscreen

– Sunglasses

– My Iphone 4

– My Canon t1i camera with 18-55 mm lens

I’m sure that there will be more items to add once I do some research but you get the idea. I will be very much out of my element and the thought of it excites me.

Also, if leaving the luggage at home means more freedom to explore then it’s totally worth it. Falling in love with a particular place and knowing that you can stay as long as you want would be a great feeling.

Can’t wait to check this off the list!!!

Published by Ashley Zoerner

I'm originally from New Orleans, LA and grew up in the nearby town of Waveland, MS. I graduated from Georgia State University with a communications degree in 2010. Since then I've traveled the country and world meeting the most interesting people. My dream is to tell people's stories and share my passions with the world.

2 thoughts on “Backpacking through Europe

  1. I’ve got blogs on the brain today (working on a story for PN online), so I sought yours out and added it to my Google Reader account, and this is the first post that popped up so I wanted to comment. =) My opinion on packing – practice makes perfect. I spent a month in France in college and I took THREE SUITCASES (and one of them was so big I’m pretty sure it’s over current airline size limits). Fast forward six years and I just took my first international trip to Berlin with nothing but a rolling carry-on. And yes – limiting shoes is the hardest part!

    PS, love the blog!

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