While recovering from a severe burn-out I set out to change my life, drastically. The first step was to focus on re-discovering joy and what happiness meant to me, learning to better deal with stress and simplifying life. That 'simplifying my life'-part, included getting rid of a gigantic pile of stuff. Three large moving trucks full of stuff to be precise. It took me years of experimenting before I exchanged my cluttered life for a extremely simplified version. The freedom and flexibility of not having to worry about things is unbelievably liberating. Eventually my journey into minimalism resulted in having my whole life in a single backpack. Ready to go wherever life takes me.
To me idea of being able to just catch any last minute airplane, boat or bus was fascinating. Doing so by dragging big suitcases along the way seemed very cumbersome. So I set out to reduce everything I have to fit in carry-on baggage only. Looking at the baggage carry-on limits, 7 kilograms will allow you to travel with most airlines around the world. From there, the challenge to fit my whole life in a 7-kilogram backpack was born.
Have a family? We managed to fit all our (3-person) family belongings in two 7-kilogram backpacks, totalling 14-kilograms (30.8 lbs), and explored the world continuously for years.