#OrangeTravels. First Stop: Hong Kong


Hong KongIn the summer of 2014, I embarked on a 12 week journey to Hong Kong and Europe. In total I traveled to 12 countries and had one of the most liberating and empowering adventures of my life.

My backpack, the Osprey Porter 46 Travel Pack, was small and carry-on sized perfect for budget airplanes like RyanAir that charge extra for checked luggage. This backpack may have been tiny, but with the help of MEC stuff sacks, I was able to pack a butt-load. I was determined to only pack essentials and go by the rule, ‘if I buy something new, I must throw something old out’. Almost everywhere that I went, people commented how small my backpack was, but I mean there was also this thing called laundry and window shopping… I was there to experience, not buy material things. By the end of my trip, I was able to pack:

  • 12 tops, 4 pairs of shorts, 1 pair of leggings, 2 thin jacket shells, 2 skirts, 2 dresses
  • 12 pairs of panties, 6 pairs of socks
  • 2 scarves – not essential, but I couldn’t resist buying them.
  • 2 pairs of sandals, 1 pair of runners (which I wore while on traveling days)
  • Camera + charger, external battery, phone charger
  • Agenda to document the daily happenings
  • 2 month-ish supply of toilettries (lotions, cleansers, shampoo, etc). I just bought more as I needed it
  • 1 pack towel – essential!
  • 1 day backpack, 1 cross-body purse, 1 small clutch
  • A book. Most hostels had book exchanges which was awesome!
  • 20+ postcards
  • Mini flashlight, combination lock
  • Miscellaneous gifts – half pound of coffee, LOTS of chocolate, 3 magnets, 5 keychains, assortment of maps

The original plan for this trip was just Europe, but last minute, I decided to also visit my older sister and her family in Hong Kong for 2 weeks. The past several times I visited, I was always there for maid-of-honour duty for my sister’s wedding so this time I was stoked to just be a tourist. When we weren’t sightseeing places like Big Buddha, Ocean Park, The Peak and Tai O village, we were stuffing our faces with food. Oh my goodness, I miss the food So. Damn. Much.

I love HK, but only for a max period of 2 months. I’m born and raised in Vancouver, BC so I’m spoiled when it comes to nature, clean ocean air, and leg room. Nonetheless, HK is a great vacay spot and while I’ve haven’t been to New York yet, I imagine HK being the Chinese version with more high-rises and higher population density.

Side note: I got sick of the hashtag #OrangeTravels midway through my trip. But dammit, I’m stubborn and like to commit to things. Looks like the hashtag and I are forever committed to each other…



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