Cognitive dissonance and its consequences 2

Being a minimalist offers great benefits. But one of the most heard objections to minimalism is: “I don’t have anything that I could throw away.” Many people believe that they need all the objects they own, or at least value them too much to get rid of them. And consequently they let those objects drag […]

Cognitice dissonance minimalism

Quechua Forclaz 40 Air backpack in 3 different configurations

Travel gear review: Quechua Forclaz 40 Air backpack 6

A few months ago I replaced my Cabin Max Metz cabin-sized backpack. The Cabin Max was spacious and ideally suited to carry the maximum amount of hand luggage on a low-cost flight, but it wasn’t very comfortable to wear. I wanted a backpack that was useful for transporting my stuff by plane without checking it, […]

Flying low-cost

For the past week I’ve been in Italy, the country of great food, hospitality, and a complete lack of organization. Aside from being stranded for half a day in the middle of nowhere because of a train strike, I’ve been enjoying myself. I travelled around the central-Northern region (Veneto and Lombardy), which features spectacular mountain […]

Low-cost airlines Ryanair and Wizz air

Cost of renting versus buying

The hidden cost of minimalism 1

There are many reasons to be a minimalist: freedom, happiness, sustainability, peace of mind. One more ‘down to earth’ reason is: money. By being a minimalist you generally save a lot of money, since you don’t spend it on crap you don’t need. That means you can either work less and enjoy more leisure time, […]

The paradox of choice

Yesterday I stumbled upon the TED talk ‘The paradox of choice‘ by Barry Schwartz, based on his book of the same title. The talk was given some years ago, but I hadn’t come across it before. In his lecture Schwartz explains how, paradoxically, having more choice isn’t better for us. In fact, it can cause […]

The paradox of choice

Backpacking in Israel

Israel for backpackers 2

I’ve returned safely from Israel to Budapest, and I’m catching up on some work as we speak. I actually managed to have a few business meetings during my trip, as some of the companies I work with are based there. It’s always nice to combine business and pleasure. The success of my trip was by […]

The Dutch and the Jews 2

For the past week I’ve been staying in Israel, as a guest of Tal, an Israeli student I met in Budapest. During those days I’ve visited many places in the small Middle Eastern country, and seen its inhabitants under various circumstances: from ultra-orthodox Jews praying in Jerusalem to the secular party crowd in Tel-Aviv; from […]

Jewish Sukot festival

israeli air security screenings

The most secure country on Earth 2

I’m writing this blog post from an airplane, on my way to Tel Aviv, Israel. I haven’t blogged for a while, the main reasons for which have been lack of time and lack of things to write about. It’s not that my life hasn’t been interesting; it’s just been filled with rather ordinary things like […]

Disconnected 3

Since my last blog update I’ve had very little time to work on my blog. First I had a close friend from the US visiting, and then we both went to Vienna for a week. Most of the time we were hanging out, and the little time I spent at my computer was used to […]

Disconnected network cable

Office on the road

The trouble with working from anywhere 2

This week I finally returned from my trip to Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. I had a great time, especially in Poland, where I met some amazing people. In part, I think, because the Poles are a pretty interesting people in general. In part because I took my travelling slowly, each time staying in […]