I have a little problem when it comes to traveling. This problem comes in the form of a massive, over-the-fifty-pound-limit suitcase. To say that I over pack would be an understatement. Ninety-nine percent of the time I have to sit on top of my jam-packed suitcase while zipping it up, so that the crimping iron that I stopped using in the late nineties and the ski jacket that I might just need in case the weather in Cancun takes a turn for the worse, fit in. So it comes without saying, that when my dad announced Reykjavik, Iceland as the destination for our family vacation, I panicked.
Was Iceland as cold as its name indicated or was it in fact the exact opposite? I decided to solve the matter by giving Google Search a try. The first picture that came up had a lovely couple posing in bathing suits. The next, had a family wearing matching wool sweaters. Given that the most I knew about the country was the fact that Iceland was the green one and Greenland was the icy one, it was clear that I would have to shove half of my closet in my suitcase if I was going to make it through the trip fully-clothed. So I did and it was a terrible call. It turns out that I ended up going on tours for most of my vacation and visiting different waterfalls, mountains, glaciers, geysers, volcanoes and any other natural landmark that you can think of. Except for the few nights in which I decided to throw on a nice dress and my knee-high boots for dinner, it was my converse sneakers, jeans, and t-shirts that became my everyday uniform.
Here’s a tip for all of you travelers out there. The next time you find yourself rummaging through your closet wondering whether to pack the sweater that your grandma knit for you or those studded pumps that you’ve been dying to wear, save yourself those seconds of decision-making agony and ditch both. Keep it simple and go with the basics. That is, unless you’re on your way to Reykjavik, then I give you permission to make the same over-the-fifty-pound-limit mistake I made.
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