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 truckloads full of stuff to be precise. It took me years of experimenting before I could fully exchange my cluttered life for one simplicity. The freedom and flexibility of not having things to worry about is extremely liberating. Eventually my journey into minimalism resulted in having my whole life in a single backpack.
To me idea of being able to just catch any last minute airplane, boat or bus was fascinating. 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, also in Asia. 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 family belongings (from my wife, our daughter and me) in two 7-kilogram backpacks, totalling 14-kilograms (30.8 lbs), and explored the world continuously for years.