brown luggage and backpack


I have been traveling the world since 2008 and have started living abroad since 2009. This is everything I own, arranged alphabetically. I cleaned the cobblestones first with bleach don’t worry.

All my stuff fits in my huge, brown luggage and my backpack. The rest are just things I accumulate as I move from one apartment to another, one country to another, bound to be thrown or given away.

By now, I have stuff scattered all over the world. Clothes in Warsaw, a boombox and shoes in Stockholm, winter clothes in Cologne, and boxes and boxes of stuff I own in Manila.

My underwear are also sporadically dispersed all over the world, not by choice but by way of my forgetfulness. My friends who I visited even post pictures of them in my Facebook wall just to make fun of me, asking “when will you come back to pick this up?”.

My favorite black underwear is in Berlin, the orange brief with the funny print is in Barcelona, the classic white one with two holes from overuse is in New York, the stripe-y underpants is in Reykjavik and my red boxer brief is in Hong Kong.

There are more but I don’t remember anymore.

It makes me feel sad and nostalgic when I look at the photo above. This was taken in Warsaw on September 31, 2009, when I had to move from my apartment in the Old Town to another one closer to my faculty.

I still remember how perfectly cold the weather was, my first ever autumn, while waiting for my Polish friend, Marcin, to pick me up in his car and help me move. And then in the next 3 years I moved to Stockholm and then back to Warsaw and then to Cologne and then to Manila, Bohol, Cologne, Uppsala, Boracay… so much moving around.

It used to scare me to move to new places, new countries. But now it’s second nature to me. I became so used to it that most of the time I don’t completely unpack my big luggage anymore.

Five years and countless of travels and eurotrips after, I still move around the world with this luggage and backpack. In a month or so I am moving again to a new city, a new place to embrace and make it my own.

I will start yet another exciting chapter of my nomadic life.


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DJ Yabis is the poster boy of Dream Euro Trip and a modern day renaissance man. Originally from the Philippines, he loves throwing dinner parties and stalking rock stars in music festivals. Subscribe or follow his adventures LIVE on Facebook or Instagram. Learn how to plan your own eurotrip.

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  1. Krista March 11, 2014 at 10:52 PM #

    I guess it would be too much to hope for this new city yo be Firenze?
    Oh well, a girl can dream! 😉

    • DJ Yabis March 12, 2014 at 8:54 AM #

      HAHA. I wish! I would love to live in Florence for a few months.

  2. Lavender C. September 8, 2013 at 4:31 PM #

    Ok, so you had EC full scholarship for the first 2 years (wow!!). But now? And where do you live now? And on which type of visa? Do you have any legal permission to work in the EU?

    • DJ Yabis September 10, 2013 at 1:36 PM #

      Yep. I am based in Germany now. I have a permanent residency.

  3. Adam June 21, 2013 at 11:34 AM #

    how do you support yourself financially?are you a trust fund kid? – sorry,im new to your site and this was the first thing i started to ponder about. =)

    • DJ Yabis June 22, 2013 at 5:08 PM #

      Hi Adam, welcome to my website. Well, I was a full scholar of the European Commission for my 2 year Masters so I used all that money to study and travel around Europe haha. Right now, I offer my eurotrip planning services to people and help them plan their eurotrips plus some advertising income both from this blog. 😛

  4. valerie June 10, 2013 at 8:59 PM #

    funny how different men & women live. my first year out of the country and moving out, i have a huge cabinet and more than 5 boxes of stuff in tow :)

    • DJ Yabis June 12, 2013 at 7:35 AM #

      haha true. but my stuff are all scattered everywhere!

  5. kathy May 30, 2013 at 6:47 PM #

    Love this post! I kind of know the problem but instead of scatter my underwear all over Europe, I somehow always forget my toothbrush when i stay at other peoples places 😀

    • DJ Yabis May 31, 2013 at 5:20 AM #

      That’s kind of disgusting haha

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