One of the advantages that a writer like J. D. Horn and The Line has while writing about Georgia and Savannah is that he was born in rural Tennessee. I am a mid-western girl, I wasn’t raised in rural Kentucky.
There are things I can do to overcome this, however, and in general, to write about areas that I (used to) know nothing about.…
For the New Zealand trip, I think I traveled the lightest I ever have. I was traveling in a developed country, and I wasn’t planning on camping, and those decisions helped lighten my pack–it isn’t that I’m a packing/traveling genius or something.
But I still felt smug every time I passed long lines of people either checking in their luggage, or waiting for it to be returned. The second morning of my trip I walked, without doubt or hesitation, about 45 minutes from the hostel to the train station. Just threw on my pack, slung my other bag over my shoulder, and off I went.
What was I traveling with? A small green backpack and an over the shoulder bag. I traveled for three weeks with just these.