Day 103

In exactly two weeks (FOURTEEN DAYS) Chris and I will be in Guatemala! The realization that our trip is so close has made me really excited and really nervous. I’ve got a lot of planning to do and a lot of relatives to contact between now and then. But I don’t want to be restricted by making reservations or booking hotels – I’d like the trip to be as fluid as possible. After reading the Guatemala Guidebook by Lonely Planet, I constructed a rough itenerary with places we definitely want to see but I’m leaving it in the air as to how long we’ll stay at a certain place. If we enjoy one place more than another, I want to be able to spend more time there without hassle.

One of my biggest challenges is going to be my luggage – I’m a professional over-packer. I’ll pack six different outfits for a three-day weekend (six different pairs of shoes included). In the spirit of keeping it light (literally) and minimalist, I’m going to restrict myself to one (albeit big) backpack and one messenger bag. If we’re going to be traveling every other day, I don’t want to worry about large suitcases.

I’ve got a rough draft of a packing list so far but one of the questions I’m struggling with is whether or not to take my DSLR. The risk of it getting stolen, lost, or broken is considerable and not something I’m taking lightly. But I know myself and I’ll regret not being able to capture the beauty of Guatemala through my own medium. If I didn’t take my DSLR, I’d take my old point-and-shoot so I wouldn’t be camera-less, but definitely limited.

I’m still conflicted though – what do you guys think? Any tips/advice on international travel?

Can you tell I’m really excited about this trip? I’ve actually written a post!

4 thoughts on “Day 103

  1. i’m a over-packer too lol
    i’ve never been to guatemala but i understand it’s a dangerous place – i saw on smart traveller that there is a high crime rate & violence .. :/
    i don’t think i would be keen on taking my DSLR either, but i would also feel disappointed if i didn’t
    perhaps flip a coin – when it’s mid air, you’ll know what you really want..

    • haha thanks for the advice! Yeah, I can already predict that I’ll be hating myself for not bringing my camera while I’m there. I think it’s going to be a matter of being smart about where I’m storing it, using it wisely, and not looking like a tourist.

  2. yes, just be aware of your surroundings and you will be fine
    there’s nothing worse than regretting not taking your camera, i’ve had my fair share of those experiences lol :(

    i look forward to seeing your travel photos, good luck :) x

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