At this time on Monday I'll be on a bus to Chicago with a backpack and purse. Then it'll be a flight to Dublin, 8-hr layover, and then a 3-hr flight to Madrid where I'll probably crash for a week before I go elsewhere.
Here's what I'll be bringing for 3-4 months of living out of a backpack:
The other day I had a little start while going through my recent credit and debit card transactions to make sure all was up to date on YNAB.
Context: I only use my two debit cards (Charles Schwab Investor and Capital One 360) for cash withdrawal, because they have no foreign transaction fees. I use my Capital One Venture credit card—as one would a debit card—for all other purchases, as it also has no foreign transaction fees (+ its points pay for free travel every couple of years). Point being that my debit cards haven't been used since I last took cash out in France/Spain this fall.
So when I saw a $10.44 charge dated January 1 on my debit card for a bar in town, I was really confused.
I wasn't even here on January 1, I was two and a half hours north with family.
Plus, I'd never used this debit card at that bar, because I only use my credit card for purchases.
I immediately disputed the transaction online—but man, what a mystery.
After I ordered my backpack last summer (goodbye Jansport from college!), I thought it would be cool to display on it flag patches of the countries where I've lived. Conversation starters are always helpful!
But I didn't want them sewn permanently on the backpack; there are places and times where you don't want to stand out as a traveler.
My parents got me the patches for Christmas (thanks mom and dad!) and I had some scrap fabric lying around from a project years ago (St. Vinnies $1 fabric). I'd wanted a solid color fabric, but you use what you have, right?
My recent reconnection with Emily quickly turned into another beautiful high school reconnection with Liz Pelton—who also happens to be Facebook-free. Liz left Facebook a year before I did, meaning she's been facebookless for three years, and I'm really excited to add her perspective to this project! Take it away, Liz:
Age: 27 Location: Madison, WI Interests: Traveling, yoga, cooking, weaving, reading, writing, hiking with my absurdly adorable beagle Ramona
Length of time with Facebook account: 7 years
Amount of time since leaving Facebook: Almost 3 years