Guilherme is a Brazilian freelance travel writer. He is the Co-Founder of the Slow Spirit Blog, where he writes about a minimalist, sustainable travel lifestyle.
It took me some time to get to sleep the night before, but it didn’t take long to realise we had chosen the wrong hammocks. Yes, they were new and beautiful; the fancy red and green weave definitely caught our eyes — we were perhaps too quick in deciding to buy it. Unfortunately we didn’t know better.
You cannot get comfortable in your hammock from beauty alone, they need to be wide so you can stretch your legs without falling — ours weren’t. So, after moving about incessantly from side to side I finally found a half decent position and fell asleep.
I wake up everyday and decide what I’m going to do, I create a daily to-do list and go through my tasks. Sometimes I decide the night before, sometimes the previous week. Sometimes I wake up and feel like doing nothing! What do I like about this? I decide my own schedule and when I should work more or less.
I woke up and, for a split second, could not recognise where I was. I always feel exhilarated when this happens, because it means I’m visiting a new place. As soon as I left the air-conditioned room, Yangon reminded me once again that the sticky heat was not going away.
I’m a big advocate of the minimalist travel lifestyle; almost every decision I make, I take it into consideration. Many people seem to think it only applies to possessions, but many areas of your life can benefit from this approach, not least your travels.