Even though we just passed the six month out of the USA mark, today actually marks one year that we have been homeless and living out of a suitcase. ¬†It was one year ago today that we began Chapter One of the Grand Adventure when we flew to Hawaii for one month. (Refresher – Chapter One Hawaii, Chapter Two Idaho/Wa Bike Tour, Chapter Three Ireland/Scotland/England/Norway, Chapter Four
Betty Road Trip, Chapter Five SE Asia,¬†Chapter Six New Zealand, Chapter Seven Seychelles, Chapter Eight Bulgaria)
I’ve learned a lot living with only the things I can get in one suitcase and one backpack and it is frankly by far the most valuable lesson of all the lessons so far.
Simple is best. ¬†Simple is easiest. ¬†Simple is fabulous.
I stressed so much about what to pack when we were preparing for the journey. ¬†And as the time has gone on its come down to the tried and true items
that I wear over and over and over. ¬†If you are a follower of my personal Facebook page you see me in the same clothes again and again. ¬†Because those are the things that work. ¬†If it doesn’t work it is either stuffed in the bottom of my suitcase or I have
already rid myself of it. ¬†I expect my clothes to work for me.
The Green T-shirt is my best example. I have a green t-shirt that I have owned for at least twenty years. ¬†Obviously they don’t make t-shirts like this anymore because it is a superb quality t-shirt. ¬†The funny
thing is I got it from my Mom, she didn’t like it and had only worn it a few times. ¬†This was in 1997. ¬†I remember because we were going to Japan and that is the first travel destination I took the green t-shirt. ¬†And I am still wearing that darn
thing today in Bulgaria twenty years and god knows how many millions of miles later. ¬†I’ve shared several photos I could find of me over the years in that doggone t-shirt.
Finding a simple, quality and comfortable piece of
clothing is just what I need in my Fab Fifties and on the Grand Adventure. ¬†I have a few other items with me that are pretty old (blue checked dress at least 20 years, navy blue blouse with white embroidery 11 years, and teal linen sundress 8 years) and have stood the test of time and when the day comes and they literally fall apart I will feel the loss.
One suitcase. ¬†One backpack. ¬†One year. ¬†It’s hard
for me to imagine now why I ever needed all those clothes and shoes and handbags and stockings and lingerie and necklaces and earrings and scarves ¬†and STUFF. ¬†It feels good every time I put on my trusty green t-shirt and I know the pure joy of a simple,
uncomplicated and fabulous adventure life. ¬†Year Two – suitcase in tow, green t-shirt ready to go.