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Getting things ready for the trip

Sunday, March 24, 2013 @ 11:10 am from United States United States
I've been slowly buying things I'll need for my trip and collecting them in the corner of my office. So far I've got my big backpack (the REI Vagabond Tour 40), day bag (REI Flash 18), water bottle, flip flops, sleep sack and more ready to go.

I decided to go with the REI Vagabond Tour 40 after reading several reviews online and trying it on in the store. It's large enough that it should be able to hold everything I need for my 6 month trip but it's small enough to still act as a carry-on for most flights.

I'll use the smaller day bag for walking around cities or for day-hikes when I'm in the Alps. It has an integrated pouch for my Platypus water bottle and can be turned inside out and used as a stuff sack when I'm not using it during the day.

The sleep sack is used in hostels as a barrier between me and the bed/sheets. It packs up extremely small and doesn't take up too much room.

You can check out my entire packing list by clicking on the Preparation link at the top of the page.
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What I\'m taking so far
Vernazza in the Cinque Terre. #vernazza #5terre #europetrip2013
Arts center in Valencia. #europetrip2013 #valencia
Barcelona from montjuic. #barcelona #europetrip2013
Just off of Calle Cespedes in Cordoba Spain. #cordoba #europetrip2013
Galleria Umberto. #europetrip2013
Top of the Pantheon. #rome #europetrip2013
Llandudno Wales. A beach town with some amazing cliffs to hike tomorrow. #europetrip2013
Vernazza from the south. #5terre #europetrip2013 #vernazza
Koeleweimolen. One of the 4 windmills still surrounding Bruges. #bruges #europetrip2013
Cardiff City Hall and National Museum. #europetrip2013 #cardiff

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Where I've been:

Good Evening… Planet Earth
All the countries I visited on this trip (in yellow).

What's this about?

Traveling is something I've loved doing for as long as I can remember. I've been lucky enough to travel out of the US a few times but never longer than 2 weeks at a time. I decided that I should go see the world and experience all it has to offer. I booked a one-way ticket to Dublin, Ireland to depart on June 26, 2013. After I get to Europe I'll let serendipity take hold and see where I end up. No schedules and no itinerary… just go with the flow. That's as close to a plan as I'm making.

Who am I?

My name's Brandon O'Brien and I'm a travelholic. Before this journey I've been to 11 countries and put over 17,500 miles on various motorcycle trips through the USA and Canada. I'm a self-employed web developer so I'm fortunate enough to be able to work anywhere there's an internet connection. That's what truly made this experience possible.

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