One year we traveled around the world ( 26 airports, 13 countries) over 12 months with just a small carry-on piece of luggage each and stayed on our $23/day per person budget as we've done continuously over these last almost 7 years of non-stop world travel to 44 countries on 5 continents.
Yes, it's true, families can live luxuriously, cheaply without over packing!
THINK LIGHT AND MULTI-PURPOSE
One of the keys of light packing and cheap, but luxurious mininalist living, is to think multipurpose when ever possible, and this beautiful sarong/pareo/kanga that I bought in Bora Bora is a great example. It's high-quality, beautiful, takes up little space but can be used as skirt, bathing suit cover, sheet, pillow, picnic blanket, table cloth, shawl, dress, towel, head cover, kids toy tent, beach towel, nightgown, and more. Goes nicely too with my basic black wardrobe. I could have bought one for cheaper in another country, but it's a fabulous souvenir too that gives me great pleasure every time I look at it.
We started our family world tour with microfiber towels instead, which work in the exact same way, but I left mine in Moorea with our couch surfing friends, thus I switched to this beautiful sarong which works perfect in Asia as well as in Europe. It's particularly nice if one travels to warm weather areas like we tend to.
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