(AD) I started @theslowtraveler in 2015 at the beginning of a two-year adventure that circled India (poorly planned), meandered through Southeast Asia (pinballed about illogically), stalled for some time in Spain (got too lazy, stayed too long), and finished with a country-hopping trip from Los Angeles to Patagonia (poorly planned, pinballing, lazy). I lived out of two-piece backpack known as The Bug Bag. This thing was a monster, bigger than me, held together with string and tape.
But I loved the freedom. I loved not knowing where I'd be next week, never mind next month. I loved seeing new places, talking to cool people, learning. I still love those things. But I think differently about travel now. Travel, I thought, was about distance and time – going farther, going longer. That meant, weirdly, I'd visited more places in India than I had in England, that I'd spent more time in Bolivia than I had in Scotland (I'm half-Scottish!).
I've been trying to put things right by travelling closer to home. Last week, we roadtripped coast to coast, east to west… These days, I'm kitted out with some nifty luggage from @away I've got The Carry-On and The Backpack – Lenny's got The Kids’ Carry-On. They look dead cool – which is important to vain, vain Lenny – but I like their toughness. The Away cases come with a lifetime guarantee. No string or tape needed!
The coast-to-coast trip was as poorly planned, pinballing, and lazy as ever. But here's what I've realised: travel an hour from home in any direction, and you see new places, you talk to cool people, and you learn. It might not be Los Angeles to Patagonia, but, for me, it's that same feeling of freedom. #travelaway