On Monday I’ll be taking a trip…an adventure… Two weeks off of work. I can’t remember the last time I did that for a vacation. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever taken that long off to take a vacation and actually go somewhere and completely disconnect.
My husband and I are traveling overseas…(more on where later)… so since this is a much longer trip. I’ve been trying really hard to keep it simple and make sure that everything I take is compact and useful.
The main thing that I have been concerned with is how to take my camera and zoom lens. I found a smaller camera backpack at Target a few weeks ago and it worked great when we traveled to Austin, Texas last weekend. I like it because it’s not cumbersome and it’s just the right size for my camera and the zoom lens as well as a few accessories.
I also needed something to carry my passport in….something small that also holds my driver’s license and a few credit cards and my immunization records. I was shopping at Macy’s when I discovered Patricia Nash leather handbags. What drew me to the wallet was actually a large satchel bag with a map on it. I considered the satchel but decided instead on the wallet and a cross body bag – both with maps on them. They worked well on our weekend trip to Austin.
As I was preparing for the Austin trip though, I realized that I didn’t have a good satchel bag and so I went back to the Patricia Nash collection and chose a solid leather satchel. I ordered it through Amazon and it arrived while I was in Austin. It’s beautiful too… I slipped the cross body bag right into it along with my travel journal. There is also plenty of space for my Nook and a few other things! I think it’s going to be easy to travel with the satchel and the small camera backpack. Really…I want to keep the “stuff” I carry to a minimum!
Finally…I was in Macy’s the other day when I walked up on a jewelry display. Mind you, I don’t typically look at pre-packaged items but for some reason I did that day. The sterling silver jewelry was deeply discounted that particular day and I became fixated on a necklace. It’s a layered necklace – the smaller piece is a gold circle with the cardinal points – north, east, south and west. The larger piece has a saying “life is a journey, enjoy the ride.”
This is my first trip out of the country in a long time so this spoke to me, I guess you could say. I also don’t believe in accidents…finding this necklace was predestined. It will be one of the only jewelry items I wear on my trip – again, trying to keep it simple.
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru