Rolf Potts aims to travel the world with no luggage | News.com.au

Posted: September 1, 2010 in Uncategorized
Rolf Potts

Rolf Potts’ vest has 18 pockets filled with items, but the pockets in his cargo pants remain empty / supplied
Source: Supplied

Rolf Potts

Items include a toothbrush, toothpaste, passport, credit cards, iPod and Bluetooth keyboard, a t-shirt and soap / supplied
Source: Supplied

Rolf Potts

His trip is believed to be the first fully documented attempt at travelling the world minus bags / supplied

Rolf Potts decided to test of the concept of “travelling light” by seeing how far he can go with only the items in his pockets.

Mr Potts, who has reported for National Geographic Traveller and Conde Nast Traveller, began his six-week journey around the world last week.

He departed from New York, US, and will fly to locations such as London, Western Europe, Morocco, Cairo, South Africa, Bangkok, Singapore, New Zealand before returning to New York on October 2.

“I can fit all of that into my vest without even using the big cargo pockets in my pants,” he said.

He says he’ll still have room in his pockets for souvenirs, and is not hindered by the items he carries.

“As for walking around, it is no problem at all – far easier than carrying a daypack.”

He says the purpose of the challenge is to prove that you don’t need lots of items with you to have amazing travel experiences.

“Travelling light in general, be it a small carry on or a daypack instead of checked luggage, is not just smarter and cheaper, it makes the travel experience more fun,” Mr Potts said.

“With less to carry, there is more time to enjoy things.”

Currently in Fez, Morocco, Mr Potts says the challenge so far has been enjoyable and “not actually all that hard”.

He is updating his blog as he goes along on his six-week challenge and is uploading what he can from his mobile phone.

He will be accompanied by a videographer/producer to document the trip.

It is believed to be the first fully documented attempt at travelling the world minus bags.

His journey is sponsored by companies that create and sell lightweight travel clothes packed with pockets.

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