1. It's actually really easy to pack for three weeks in only a backpack.
Check out our guide to traveling light for more tips on this topic.
Pack clothes and accessories that can be mixed and matched to create similar but different outfits. Add a necklace or sweater to the same shirt you wore yesterday and it’s a totally different look.
Don’t over do it on the toiletries. It isn’t the end of the world if you run out, you can always buy more on the road.
Shoes take up a lot of room - choose 2 pairs (day time/ night time, hiking/ relaxing) depending on the kind of trip you are taking.
2. Don’t be afraid of the language barrier.
We were able to communicate just fine throughout every country we visited. Most people speak at least a little English, but when in doubt, Google Translate is your best friend. We still made an effort to learn a few basic phrases in the languages of the countries we visited, because we wanted to absorb as much as possible of their cultures.
3. Food is a cultural experience and makes for the best memories.
Food should 100% be on your list of "trip themes" or things to experience on your trip. We could write an entire blog post about this topic alone (maybe we will!). You can learn so much about a country’s culture by eating their food. Food is the center of community – it's at the center of the times we gather around a dinner table with new friends, get invited to lunch with a local family or taste a local flavor in a vibrant market. These are the moments when the best memories are made.
4. People are always worth getting to know.
Give people a chance. We can be very deliberate and cautious about the people we let in our lives, so this whole "meeting a bunch of new people all at once" situation was definitely out of our comfort zone. But we loved it. We loved every minute of it. It was actually genuinely delightful for me as a natural introvert to meet so, *so* many truly interesting people. It was a treat. Some of those people were only meant to be in our lives for that one conversation at the bus stop, but some of them are still in our lives and we value that. Anyways, this is also good for your soul, so do it.
5. Do more of what you love.
Once you get out into this great, big world, you realize just how small you really are in the grand scheme of things. And then, it makes you appreciate and value your life so much more. It's yours and only yours. You are in complete control of your own life. Make it happen.