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Less is more. This maxim came from a German architect named Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, pertaining to the minimalist design in architecture. But this applies well to my travel practice, which is to bring less in any of my trips, whether be it for a week or month-long travel. Yes, I call myself a minimalist traveler.

I am a minimalist traveler for only one reason – Convenience. I find utmost convenience when I simply carry a few things with me. It saves me the hassle of looking after so many bags and keeping myself responsible for it all throughout the travel time. Besides, I am forgetful, so it relieves me off the possibility of getting myself doomed after losing my things needed for the trip.

So how does one become a minimalist traveler? A minimalist traveler always and only carries three important items. These are the money belt or belt bag, a day bag, and a backpack. Money belt or belt bag. This is where you keep necessary documents most often required in the airport, like passport, travel ticket, credit card or ATM card, cash, itinerary list, and the like. You have quick access of them when urgently needed. Click here for a sample money belt.

A day bag is a day-tour bag, or like a messenger bag. This is where you store personal items, like your guidebook for the tour, foreign dictionary or phrase book, notepad, flashlight, compass, extra shirt or small towel, camera, and other things deem essential while on tour. Actually, this is sometimes accompanied by a money belt. Nevertheless, some choose to just take with them a day bag for the tour, or stick with money belt alone. Click here for a sample day bag.

One thing though to keep in mind when taking alone a backpack, that is reliability and durability of the bag. Since you are packing all your clothes and belongings inside, you need to make sure that you have a reliable and durable backpack with you. And to be assured that all clothes fit inside this backpack, rolling up your clothes is one travel tip you shouldn’t miss. Click here for a sample backpack.

Nevertheless, minimalist travelers may still vary from one style to another. Like I said, one may only bring his money belt and backpack, leaving a day bag behind. Because the truth is, a minimalist traveler can still travel with so much style.

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Beyond the spookiness of old house ruins and the shivers from thinking about restless souls roaming the famed Heritage Village, there is something about Vigan City that continues to rock my world until now.

Vigan being reminiscent of the Spanish times, reason why I am attracted to it. Secondly, of course, are those antique shops or tiendesitas selling a huge variety of inexpensive home fixtures, decors, bags, accessories, and other stuff. When I say inexpensive buys, I mean worthy buys that can really make your jaw drop and your hands locked in prayer position, thanking the heavens for finding your way into this goldmine. Lastly, when someone offers you a free room accommodation for three days, how can you even say no to Vigan? Definitely impossible.

Even more that I failed to contain my surprise and excitement, after having known from an aging Manang, one of the sellers at Lucy’s Antique Shop in Vigan, that the old-style home divider with capiz shells is only worth P500 per panel. From my place, two panels of this kind could cost a whopping P2,000 to P3,000! Apart from being a great deal, Lucy’s can also deliver your purchases to your place if you wish to, for a certain fee, that is.

I have been drooling over this type of home divider for quite a long time. To buy such at a high cost is to buy gold with eyes shut. But look where luck further took me in Vigan—I was able to buy one panel from Lucy’s for only P400, ripping off P100 as customer discount. I know! I am still speechless until now. So save the curses, and check out the photo below.

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And where did I stay the whole time in Vigan? Call it, My Father’s House Dormitelle, a rare gem located in San Ildelfonso, a few kilometers outside Vigan. Who would have even thought that in this small town lies a fantastic transient house perfect for backpackers? Matched with a relaxing and cozy ambience, this dormitelle is a fusion of the past and present. Of course, not to forget that, the dormitelle has superb customer service team as well. Here’s a teaser of the place.

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Several days after, I still think of Vigan and the possible buys I need to save for, for my next visit. Because I know the old soul in me won’t get enough of this old city.