“You’re an idiot,” was the exact reaction I got from my mom when I told her that I would be packing ultra-light.

What do I mean when I say I’ll be packing ultra-light? Well I’m trading in my 65 litre Eagle Creek Explorer LT for a Futura 28 Day Pack, and that is the only bag I’ll be taking on my 4 month trip to South-East Asia. OK, so now you think I’m an idiot too, don’t you?

It’s not an original idea and it has been done successfully before. I first heard of this style of travel through a series of blog posts on Gadling called Life Nomadic. I was intrigued to the learn of author Tyan, who has been a huge proponent of this style of travel, having traveled this way for years.

I’ve always traveled light. On my first trip, my backpack weighed in at under 20lbs, fully loaded. I smirked every time another traveler would walk into my hostel wearing a 90L monster packed to the brim with whatever didn’t fit hanging off the side like a traveling salesman.

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  • David Lee

    In late 2007, I quit my job and left the comfortable life in the USA for the open road with nothing but a 20-pound backpack, a …

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