Welcome to the Urban Commuter
Welcome to the Urban Commuter.
As I prepare the first set of blog posts, I just wanted to outline what you will soon find here, and talk about some thoughts around this.
For several years, I have been commuting to crowded cities, in many countries. My work has taken me to far away places, often for extended periods of time, offering me ample chances to travel, learn what works and what doesn’t, and allowing me to refine the art of packing light. I don’t remember the last time I checked a bag, or took more than one small or mid size backpack with me. The idea was to get in and out of airports and airplanes as fast as possible, and have an easy and fluid movement wherever I was flying to. This has also provided me with a good view of what different cities around the world are like, what commuting to those urban environments feel like, and - interestingly - how as much as each city feels different, they also feel the same.
A few years back, I decided to take the same approach to what I take to my daily commute, when I go to the office. I found a lot of similarities around international traveling and local commuting to big cities. From the train or subway rides, to walking in crowded streets and subway stations, to dealing with the elements (weather) and - not as often - emergencies. I have been consistently and constantly streamlining and reducing what I carry with me, much like I did with my packing for traveling. I figured, if I could be lighter and more nimble when I commute, then I could take some of the burdens of the commute out, and focus on a just getting there, and actually enjoy it.
What I will write in this blog is about what worked for me, and why I chose the things I carry. It’s about what I think the focus should be, listing not only the gear I selected, but paying attention to the environment and location of the commute, the organization needed to be lighter, the mindset necessary to be safer.
The blog will have examples of all these things, with articles from guests as well, and links to relevant websites and brands.
In short, Urban Commuter will explore how to streamline the way you commute, the things you carry, and try to instill the appropriate mindset needed for a better, safer commute
I hope some of these articles will challenge your way of thinking. People sometimes needs a little bit of a push, and that what I want to do. Keep an eye on the following days for more.
Stay safe, be light and commute.