Monday, May 15, 2017
One of my favorite things about the minimalism mentality and way of life is the focus on experiences above the material things. Travel is something that has always been important to me. Ever since I was a kid, I've traveled and always found joy in packing those bags and headed to a new place. A couple of months ago I took a giant leap and did a solo trip to Germany. I visited Munich specifically. I booked all of my excursions from home and stayed at an amazing Airbnb on the famous Maximilianstrasse. The entire 9 days felt like a dream come true. Of course I was nervous to go by myself to the other side of the world. Especially with being a mom now. Leaving my munchkin behind was hard and a bit nerve wrecking, to be honest. But, once I settled into "my" Munich apartment, I felt a freedom I had not felt since I was a teenager visiting my grandparents in Nicaragua every summer. There was this sense of time not mattering and having nowhere to go and nothing to do. Wow. What an amazing feeling.
Minimalism is all about attaining that same sense of freedom, but in your everyday existence. I would highly recommend a solo trip of your own. Even if just to a nearby town. Plan it all from home and pay it all ahead of time. This way, life is as simple as a fiddle once you get there. All you'll need to do then is enjoy the moment and be in the now. Amazing, right?
Have you ever solo traveled? What was your experience?