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Ultralight: The Zen Habits Guide to Traveling Light & Living Light

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  185 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shares his best tips for traveling light, ultralight backpacking/hiking, and applying the same ideas to living a simple life.
Kindle Edition, 75 pages
Published October 16th 2016 by Pipe Dreams Publishing
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Mindaugas Mozūras
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Good practical advice. Rating is based on the fact that I knew some of the tips already. I've been travelling with just a carry-on since 2012. The book might be more valuable for those, who travel with a bunch of luggage and want to improve. ...more
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Niet echt haalbaar voor mij (omdat ik het niet zo extreem wil), maar wel inspirerend!
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Quick, simple guide to traveling light with some nice practical tips and recommendations. Good for someone new to traveling light. While it was interesting to hear how long Babauta has been able to travel with minimal gear, as someone with a decent amount of experience traveling light it wasn’t a game-changer. If you normally take a giant suitcase and are sick of it, this book will be a revelation for you, but if you only carry on already, this is more taking that tendency a few logical steps fu ...more
Steven Evens
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thoughtful Read

I’ve been reading Leo’s blog, Zen Habits, for a few years now and I’ve always enjoyed it. This book, Ultralight, is a great compilation of some of those posts along with new material. I also appreciate his specificity around certain tools or practices that he uses to live both an effective and efficient life.
Nancie Lafferty
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it
A good little guide to help you lighten your load.
nice read. great inputs for a light travel.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not a bad book

Wish it had been longer but for what it was it wasn’t a bad book. No new insights for me but might help others.
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Muy útil. Y muy acertado. Cinco estrellas en su categoría.
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-development
As an avid zen habits blog reader, I was a little disappointed with this ebook.

It will give you extensive details about Leo's travel style, insisting that you shouldn't imitate it but figure out one that fits you and your lifestyle.
However there are few tools and insights (if any) on how to actually do this, and, as opposed to The One Skill for example, no concrete roadmap for action.
Martynas Majauskas
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Famous minimalist gives everyday clues on living light

I have read number of Babauta books and was always wandering whats the picture of everyday life behind those lines of words. Book gives some detailed examples on how he travels, packs and lives everyday life uncluttered. Including some brands and very particular examples. Pitty a little too short
Ellen Bard
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nice resource to inspire you to get rid of more stuff and travel lighter. Writing style is warm and gentle. Fairly practical.

Written from a male perspective, though he mentions his wife's very light packing also, would have been interested to hear more about that as a woman.
Josh Flowers
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another simple read packed with useful information!

A decluttered read. Practical and insightful. Even after reading most of Leo's blog posts, still found a few useful nuggets here.
Jake McCrary
Oct 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Picked it up and read it on a train ride. Short and focused book on how Leo Babauta travels. To those who have read other light travel guides or practice themselves you'll find nothing new in here. Its still a nice focused guide on on topic. ...more
Chris Gargini-hill
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A good quick read

Leo condenses a lot of advice into a small quick read. If you're a fan of his work and narrative style, it's a good read.
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Leo Babauta is a simplicity blogger and author. He created Zen Habits, a Top 25 blog (according to TIME magazine) with 260,000 subscribers,, and the best-selling books focus, The Power of Less, and Zen To Done.

Babauta is a former journalist of 18 years, a husband, father of six children, and in 2010 moved from Guam to San Francisco, where he leads a simple life.

He started Zen Habits to

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