When I moved to Switzerland many years ago, I moved with overweight luggage (I almost had a meltdown when we were told what my charges would be) and I even had a trunk shipped over. It turned out be be a great table as well as storage area. It was easier to take everything with you as you never knew when you would need something and it was less expensive to already own it than to buy it. I’m talking clothing, not household goods. Remember, this was back in the day. Obviously, I needed quite a lot back then.
I think my time overseas was preparing me for my job as a Regional Education Manager with a major cosmetic company. Let me tell you, we traveled with so many training cases, boxes, overhead projector, tape recorder, plus our own suitcases (I always started with the shoes). Carry on was pretty much a briefcase. The skycaps and bellmen around the country got to know me well and I appreciated their help. I counted bags like you would count the members of a large family (think Home Alone when Kevin was left behind). It was not glamorous. It was exhausting, all those bags. The packing and unpacking of training cases was tedious and I packed them like my life (my flight after a week of seminars was Heaven waiting for me) depended on it. Occasionally people would offer to help but I usually passed. I had my system and could do it in my sleep and quite often did.
While life has changed, I still start with the shoes and build around them. That system has never failed me. O.K… maybe once but it was a great excuse to purchase a pair that was truly “needed”. A nice souvenir. I still have them.
I have pared down on what I travel with now. A small Chromebook instead on a laptop, a tiny notebook for jotting down notes instead of a large (my favorite) notebook. In a few days we are bound for a little adventure and will also be celebrating our “lucky” 13th anniversary. When my hubby saw the shoes come out, he just laughed. Now, that is a keeper. Hehe.
Can you tell where we will be spending some time? If you guessed Spain, you would be correct. Hopefully this trip will be a difference maker. And that my friends, is all she wrote.
Hasta la vista!