A few weeks ago we had a beautiful talk with Brandy and Paolo from ALOR on how to reach freedom of time. Two people that have started to live a minimalist life under very different conditions, eventually found each other and now apply minimalism together. During our chats with ALOR we kept circling around the link between travelling and minimalism. A topic that is of special interest to us because travelling has made us start a minimalist life.

Travel as much as you can

We believe that everybody should travel. As long and as often as possible. If you plan to start a minimalist life, traveling is probably one of the best things you can do. Not only because you learn to live with less but because it opens your eyes to the world. It makes you discover the multitude of lifestyles existing far away from consumerism. It makes you appreciate time more and challenges your assumptions. It makes you reduce your life’s complexity for the sake of living more.

Use travel’s momentum to start a minimalist life

Both concepts are strongly interlinked. And if you want to start a minimalist life travelling can be the perfect trigger which gives you a unique momentum to challenge and reconsider the way you life. Together with ALOR we have developed 4 tips that will help you to use this momentum and to start a minimalist life right on the first day of your return:

  1. Don’t come back with tons of “From Monday on I will…” and don’t resolve to change too much at the beginning.
  2. Start thinking in definite periods and not seeing time as giving or unlimited.
  3. Reconsider your belongings in the first week after your return
  4. Don’t do it alone.

If you want to learn more on how to use this momentum and to start a minimalist life you can read the full article here on ALOR. And if your vacations are still far away, why don’t you take a look at some more tips to cross the threshold to minimalism.

Your turn: what was your trigger to minimalism?



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