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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
If you’d like to book hostels/hotels you can use Hotels Combined and start your search in the box below!
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.