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The UnPacking List #9: How to Be More Productive, Happy, & Creative

People who are addicted to travel inherently bask in the benefits of taking trips to foreign lands. But… did you know there are studies and research that back up all the good things travel does to us and for us?

In this episode, I explore the benefits we experience in our normal lives if we travel, and I also explore ways we can get those same benefits without needing to take an international trip (or any trip at all!).

By honing in on these points, we can improve our non-travel lives and take better, more purposeful trips in the future.

What You’ll Learn

  • Amazing ways travel helps us to be more productive, happy, and creative in our everyday lives – and the research that backs that up.
  • Ideas for how we can still harness these productive-happy-creative boosts without needing to take a big international trip.
  • My number one suggestion for what you should be doing right now – and on a regular basis – to improve your happiness, creativity, and productivity. Hint – It doesn’t involve reading this site!

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Take Action

Put the phone down and get outside! Seriously.

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Written by Brooke

I run the show at Her Packing List and love packing ultralight. In fact, I once traveled for 3 entire weeks with just the contents of a well-packed 12L handbag. When I'm not obsessing over luggage weight, I'm planning adventures or just snuggling with my pet rabbit, Sherlock Bunz.

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Travel Resources

HPL Learnables

Handbag Packing Masterclass – Learn to pack your lightest bag ever in this revolutionary packing class run by HPL founder, Brooke.

Creative Ways to Minimize Your Toiletry & Beauty Kit – Practical tips alongside DIY recipes designed to help you pack lighter, smaller & with fewer liquids. (Also included as a bonus to Handbag Packing Masterclass.)


Book Your Trip

Viator – Enhance your trip experience by booking from thousands of tours across the globe.

Booking.com – Search for hotels, hostels, and apartments using this one resource. Use it for flights, car rentals, and airport taxis as well.

Trusted Housesitters – Save money on travel accommodation by becoming a housesitter. Housesitters often have extra duties, like caring for pets and gardens.

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