For 110 days this summer, from May 6 through August 24, I will literally be traveling around the world. Armed with just a backpack and my intuition, I will travel to Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia during my summer break in order to find myself, by getting lost in the world. And since I like to do backflips, I want to see the world, and backflip all over it.
That said, here’s a list of what I will be taking with me on my trip:
1. Gregory Baltoro 65 – First and foremost, I need a backpack to keep my belongings. It needs to be big enough to allow me to carry everything I will need for 3 months, but small enough that I can easily carry it on my back. Along with my few sets of clothes, the backpack will be the least technological item in my inventory.
2. Apple New iPad w/ AT&T 4G – I need a way to stay connected with the world, and since I will not have a cell phone during this trip, I need a device that allows me to connect from anywhere. I will be paying for the international data plan ($99 for 275MB) so that I can checkin on Foursquare, so that my parents and friends can see exactly where I am, and so that I can communicate via email and Twitter. At night, I will hopefully have WiFi at wherever I’ll be staying to upload photos and videos to my blog.
3. GoPro HD w/ GorillaPod – In order to film myself doing backflips and other potentially crazy antics throughout my trip, I will be taking my GoPro video camera. It shoots at 720p at 60fps, and is 100% waterproof. The GorillaPod will allow me to strap the camera to a bench or railing so I can film myself if no one else is around. (foreveralone.jpg) I also have an extra battery, in case I don’t get a chance to charge it for a few days.
4. Nikon D90 w/ 18-135mm Lens – I love photography, in fact, it was what I originally came to Syracuse for. I want to get back into taking photos.
5. SD Card Reader for iPad – I need a way to get the pictures and videos off of my cameras and onto my iPad. Bingo, $5 on Amazon. Then I can go about distributing the content on Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.
6. Dropbox – With only 16GB of local storage on my iPad, I am limited to how much video and pictures I take. But I figure, for $19.99/20GB/month, I can take as much as I want, dump it onto my iPad with my sweet SD card reader, and then upload it to my Dropbox account.
7. Stereo Vinyl Cruiser (Mini Longboard) – Probably the most important item in my arsenal. There should be no reason why I can’t do something I love in all parts of the world. I found this little guy for $80. And the cool thing is, that at just 22″, it literally fits right in my backpack.
I am overwhelmed, scared, and extremely excited for this trip. I hope some of the stress will leave me as I leave the ground. If you are interested in following my travels, or want to connect with me on the other side of the world, you can reach me on Twitter (@SamTheCobra) or check out my website to see where I am at all times, and follow my updates on my personal blog, as well as right here on Information Space.