Yes, the title says 60 days. No typo. Both mr. B and me are quite excited for our upcoming trip. We leave in a few days for a one of a kind journey: sixty days through Asia and the Pacific! This trip definitely deserves its own hashtag, #60daysasiapacificjourney.
We both regret not travelling the globe on a backpack sabbatical after finishing school – stone ages ago – and decided that now is the time to wander extensively. No postponing, no arguing why not, but pack our suitcases (we skipped the backpacks this time) and go.
We’ve been planning for months. Unraveling the extensive route network of and in close partnership with Cathay Pacific business class. We anticipate to spend the first week of our journey in Cathay’s home base Hong Kong.
Also our hub from where we travel to Japan, New Zealand and Fiji. To return to Hong Kong again in January 2018 for a few more days before we head back to Amsterdam. In short, Life Well Travelled.
The Life Well Travelled
Live in the moment and cherish experience over possession, that is what a life well travelled – together with mr. B. – means to me.
I’ve been intrigued by other cultures and the freedom of travelling since my youth. Moving from a small village to Amsterdam when I was seventeen was the first step and there was no stopping me then. Go global!
Looking back, it might very well be that my wanderlust has been the alternative motive for my choice of education in the hospitality business and working in the airline industry for many years.
And now, after a detour or two in life and work, I am back where I started with what I love doing most: to travel and share my stories and photos on this platform, in print and on Instagram.
Challenge: pack for 60 days
I like packing, but a 60 days journey lifts the term smart packing to a whole new level. This trip will have City, Golf, Beach, Fine Dining, Hiking, Roadtrip, Museum visits and much more on the itinerary.
My limited suitcase space requires some practical thinking. We’ve decided that one suitcase and one piece of hand luggage each has to do. So, what I’ll bring must double for a variety of occasions and climates. This is how I proceed:
- start in advance and make a special clothes-rack-destination-corner
- first select basics in black and white
- then add prints to spice up the monochrome
- invest in packing cubes: a lightweight suitcase-within-your-suitcase.
Don’t touch my Muji cubes
- let’s talk shoes, tough choices to be made in this department. White sneakers during the flight, black loafers, Birkenstock slippers and golden sandals. Oh, golf/hiking shoes. Five pair really is the bare minimum.
Keep in mind that style and function must go hand in hand and classics are key. Oversized men’s shirt – more than one -, black pants, khaki chino, cropped jeans, black jacket, LBD and white sneakers to name a few. No heels needed on this trip.
Layers and natural fabrics are important, especially in humid and hot cities. Therefore silk and cotton form the base. That and I never travel without my longtime travel essentials, a Cashmere poncho and pants for chilly evenings or long haul flights.
Cathay Pacific & trip coverage
The flights during this trip are sponsored by Cathay Pacific. I only accept collaborations that answer positive to the question: “does it match my lifestyle?”. Authenticity is very important to me. Words, photos and opinions are my own.