Hey there! Here are our personal favorite resources/recommendations when it comes to traveling. Please let us know if you have any questions about any of these!
For a more extensive play-by-play of what to pack, check out this blog post on how to pack for 1 year of travel around the world.
I currently have the Patriot Plan Travel Medical Insurance with IMG plan and for 1 year with $250 deductibles and a $500k max limit I pay $396.
Global Emergency Assistance Services
We are signed up with Global Travel Plus, and we recommend them on top of travel insurance so you can have a peace of mind while globetrotting around the world! Unfortunate events can always happen while abroad, and there are a lot of services that travel insurance actually don’t cover. Global Travel Plus will protect you for the things that travel insurance won’t – and you can see their offerings in our partner link here.
Bags / Organizers
- Carry-on suitcase – Leisure Bayside Luggage 21″
I have the magenta Leisure Bayside Luggage at 21″. The site I linked might not have my particular model but just make sure that if you get the same one, get the 21″ version as you want it to meet requirements when traveling through Europe.
- Personal Bag – High Sierra Loop Backpack
Jansport Big Student Backpack – EXTREMELY light weight and can carry more than the High Sierra backpack due to its free form nature.
- Backpacking Backpack – Northface Terra 65 Backpack
I used this while backpacking through Europe for 6 weeks and it was able to carry all of my clothes, toiletries, and shoes with no problem.
- Packing Cubes – TravelWise
The 3-pack TravelWise packing cubes is good for organizing your wardrobe and fitting a lot of clothes in a small container.
- Toiletry Organizer – LYCEEM
This LYCEEM toiletry organizer comes with a tiny hanger inside, allowing you to hang all your stuff wherever you go. It also has slots for makeup brushes to keep you organized.
- Waterproof Laundry/Storage Bags – 3Jokers Storage Bags
This bag will keep all of your dirty laundry separated from the rest of the items in your suitcase or backpacking backpack. Since it’s waterproof, you can also throw in damp towels or swimsuits without worrying about it getting the rest of your stuff wet.
- Laptop – Macbook Pro 13.3″
13.3″ Macbook Pro with a 256 GB SSD and i5 processor. Always get a laptop with a solid state drive (SSD)! I think the 13.3″ size is good for travel, and of course Macbook Pros are so powerful & sturdy that you just can’t go wrong with them.
- GoPro Hero 4 Silver
The GoPro Hero 4 Silver is great for documenting all of your travels as it is portable and high quality.
I use a Canon T3i and it works great.
Great for the blurry background look!
- Portable Mic – Samson Go Mic Portable USB Condenser Microphone
The Samson Go Mic Portable USB Condenser Microphone is small but packs a mean punch. It’s good for recording podcasts or videos on the go.
- Tablet – ASUS Nexus 7
I use the ASUS Nexus 7 to browse and listen to music.
- Phone & Phone Plan – Nexus 6 / Project Fi
I’ve been loving my Nexus 6 and Project Fi plan (be warned the Nexus 6 is quite large).
Project Fi charges a minimum of $30/month – $20/month for unlimited texts & cheap calls (usually $0.20/minute) and another $10/month for data. Data is calculated by $10/GB, and it’s pay as you go. For example, if you used 1.5 GB of data, it would cost you $35 for the month ($20 for texts/calls and $15 for data). If you used less than 1 GB, the remaining amount would roll over as credit for the following month. Their data/texts/calls work are covered in 120 countries around the world.
- Travel Adapter
You’re going to need a travel adapter as outlets will be different in each country. This allows you to plug in your devices and keep them charged.
- Water Filter – LifeStraw Go Water Bottle
The LifeStraw Go water bottle is amazing. It is especially great if you’re traveling to underdeveloped countries where they might not have fresh water.
- Comfortable walking shoes – Nike Free’s
These shoes were made for walking and it will make traveling and exploring that new city that much easier. They are super light on the feet and there’s a variety of colors so you can match it to your outfit. Personally, I like the black because it goes with everything.
- Hiking Shoes – Bearpaw Women’s Corsica Suede
Hiking shoes can make all the difference between a fun hike and a miserable one. I have hiking shoes from Bearpaw and they’ve served me well, whether it’s hiking up the Athabasca Glacier in Canada or hiking in Iceland.
- Flipflops – Womens Anti Slip Flop Flops
Having a pair of flip flops is handy, whether it’s for an impromptu beach trip or showering a hostel. We don’t want any of that athlete’s foot!
- Sunscreen – Banana Boat Sunscreen
As you’re exploring outside, the last thing you want to do is get burned. I always make sure to travel with sunscreen to protect my skin. My asian mom would be proud.
If you’re a light sleeper like me, ear plugs are a MUST. Hostels, Airbnb’s, and even hotels can be loud. Make sure you get that beauty sleep with some ear plugs.
- Sunglasses – Polarized Sunglasses
Protect your eyes while you’re outside with a pair of sunglasses. These are way cheaper than the actual Rayban Clubmasters and are polarized as well.
- Face masks – Full Face Mask
Doing a face mask on the plane or just after a long day can be supes refreshing. These come in a pack of 16 and are less than $10, which is a pretty good deal.
- Passport case – Leather Passport Holder Cover
Having a passport case will protect your passport, ID, credit card, and cash. It can protect it from the potential damage of getting wet (this has totally happened to me) or from other objects in your bag.
- Insect Repellent – Repel 100 Insect Repellent
Insect repellent was CLUTCH when I was in Southeast Asia. It’s also saved my life pretty much any time I traveled in a humid area or during the summer. Don’t let mosquitoes feast on you while you feast on views during traveling!
Books for Inspiration
- Rich Dad Poor Dad – This book provides financial fundamentals and demonstrates a bigger picture view of how you should look at your income, assets, liabilities, expenses, and ultimately…your life! It really pushed me off my ass to work towards a lifestyle change of location independence and ultimately financial independence. This type of lifestyle will help me travel more long term.
- 4-Hour Workweek – This book gave me a better understanding of how smart thinking and extreme hustle can pave the way for a “4-hour workweek”. It gave me more of an understanding of what it means to be a digital nomad and to be location independent. Both this book and Rich Dad Poor Dad changed my way of thinking, and in my opinion, helped me see my life more clearly and showed me that travel can be a way of life.
I frequently use AirBnB to book my travels, especially when I’m staying more long term as there are monthly discounts. If you haven’t created an account yet, use this link to get $25 off your first stay.
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Travel Blogging Hosting Plan
Want to become a travel blogger? You’ll need to start a website which basically requires two components: a domain and a hosting plan to make the domain come alive. I use Hostgator for my hosting needs. I recommend it because you can get a super sweet deal if you go with the Baby Plan, which lets you create unlimited domains! Make sure to buy it when it’s discounted, and I recommend buying it for 3 years because the discount only applies on your first purchase.