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Sunday Travel Links!

Every Sunday, we post a quick little extra for those of you who, like me, love to peruse the blogosphere on a Sunday afternoon.

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“No one expects you to bring them something”: Souvenirs to buy on a budget

Souvenirs– when to buy them, how much to spend on them, where to pack them in an already-full bag, even whether to get them at all– they’re one of those tricky aspects of travel that everyone does differently.

I’m the kind of traveller who has high hopes of buying something amazing for every single person I know yet is brought crashing down to earth when I realize that I’ve already spent all my money on my own adventures.

M. is the best at balancing me out in these times. On our last trip, he said to me, “No one expects you to bring them anything.”

He’s right! No one does expect anything, so there’s no point in trying to meet expectations of lavish gifts that no one actually has. Our friends and family know us– they know we travel fast, cheap, and light, and they know we often have to ship their presents across oceans once we do buy anything for them.

But when we really want to buy a little something for a close friend or family member– and we do, because exploring little markets and souvenir shops is part of the adventure for us– what kind of things can be bought that won’t break the bank or the backpack?

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Konmari for Travellers: How ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ made it easier, cheaper, and more fun for me to travel

Most people who know me remember the intense phase last December when, fuelled by dreams of long-term travel, I embarked on the process of reading and then following the tenets of Konmari.

Groan, you think. Not another one of these “throw-everything-out” obsessives.

Well, yes. I am a bit crazy about this stuff, but only because it worked so incredibly well for me and played a big part in helping me to plan and afford to take a big trip in the near future.

I know you’re still sceptical, but I’ll explain the whole process and see if I can’t show you that it’s not only doable, but necessary for your life as someone who loves to travel and wants to do more of it.

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Why you should leave your books behind as you travel: J.K. Rowling on travel reading

I couldn’t agree more, on all counts.

Next time you travel, try taking a book or two that you got at a secondhand bookstore and leave it behind somewhere for someone else to find, whether you liked it or not. You never know what someone else might think of it.

I discovered so many great vintagey children’s books on my travels when I was a kid, and M. and I always try to duck into at least one used book store on our trips. Have you ever found a gem (or a stinker!) while on holiday?