In today’s installment of How I Travel, we talk to Charity, from The Rich Life. Originally from Hawaii, Charity is currently based in San Francisco. When not traveling the world — which she has been lucky enough to do a lot of — she can be found blogging about packing and living a rich life with less.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Charity Yoro. I am a writer, traveler, avid entrepreneur, foodie, and self-proclaimed “practitioner of packing light.” By day, I help to build an awesome community at a coworking space in downtown San Francisco. By night, I write.
What about your travels inspired you to start your blog?
I love storytelling. I find that those are the best souvenirs to collect while traveling. I started my blog (The Rich Life) originally to share my story and also the advice I’ve collected over the years living as a nomadic islomaniac.
So far, it’s been live for well over a year and, with the help of several contributors, we’ve been able to collect a lot of great content on traveling, and living with less.
What’s your travel style and why? (Budget, luxury, digital nomad, etc.)
Light and resourceful. I like to get creative with how little I can pack and how many uses I can find for certain items!
Generally, I also travel on a budget, but know that there are definitely some things, like a great meal, or once-in-a-life-time experience, worth splurging on.
What was your first great travel experience?
My first great experience was probably when I studied abroad in Bangkok, Thailand.
Even though I had traveled before, it was the first time that I really explored a foreign country in depth and over a period of time. It was a passionate, wondrous love affair — and has inspired numerous international trips since!
What luggage do you travel with? What do you like about it?
For extended weekend trips (3-4 days) I use my Lo & Sons OG. I like how much I can fit in that thing, and it still looks chic and fashionable! The pockets are my favorite.
What are some of your favorite travel products or brands?
I’m a huge fan of Dr. Bronners sheerly for its utility — I can use it as shampoo, body wash, and laundry soap if I need to! The rose scent is my favorite.
I also really like the Flight 001 line for travel accessories like their bottles, containers, and packing bags (I like compartmentalizing when I pack).
Also — and I don’t know if this counts as a “travel product/brand” — but I LOVE Justin’s various nut butter pouches. I love traveling with lots of snacks, and those are so easy to pack and eat!
Which electronics do you bring and why?
I usually just pack my iPhone for music, email, and Instagram on the go. I had a tablet and traveled with it for a bit, but I got rid of it in an effort to simplify.
I try not to travel with my laptop but sometimes (i.e. if I have a writing deadline) it is essential. I don’t own a Kindle.
What’s your packing strategy?
Generally, I start packing early — like a few days or so before. I throw everything in my bag, then end up taking about 40-60% of it out before actually leaving.
What’s your best packing hack?
I suppose I already mentioned it, but Dr. Bronners saves me from packing multiple toiletries. Seriously, I love it.
Also, always pack a swimsuit. You never know! (I’m recently guilty of not packing a swimsuit, then ending up at an Airbnb house with a hot tub! Learn from my mistake.)
Even the most utilitarian traveler can be sentimental. What you do bring because you WANT it, not because you NEED it?
Probably this charm bracelet my niece made for me years ago. She picked out an Eiffel Tower charm for me, and though I rarely wear it, it holds a special place in my heart for sure.
For More About Charity
Where can our readers find out more? Who should check out the Rich Life and why?
Read The Rich Life for tips on living a richer, fuller life with less (money, stuff, emotional baggage). And stay tuned for my new website launch!
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