Resources We Love
Fluent in 3 Months Premium – If you want to learn a language but have never quite managed it then this is the guide for you. Benny Lewis has been a language learning inspiration to us for many years and we love his unconventional approach. In 2014 his Fluent in 3 Months book was published, and this course takes things further with video tutorials, interviews with polyglots, and lots of other resources to help you get speaking quickly. This is an updated version of the Language Hacking Guide (which we reviewed here) and Speak From Day 1 video series (review here).
How to Live a Life of Travel – Wandering Earl has been travelling the world constantly for over 12 years. In this detailed ebook he shares his tips on how to live a life of travel including how to face your fears, job ideas, and the practicalities of being on the road – transport, accommodation, visas, communication, health, security and much more. Perfect if you want to travel but are feeling overwhelmed by how to make it happen.
Break Free: The Ultimate Guide to Housesitting – We think housesitting is a great way for digital nomads to balance work and travel while saving money. To help you get started The Globetrotter Girls Dani and Jess have written this really detailed book that answers every possible question you could have about it from both a housesitter’s and homeowner’s perspective. It’s available for the Kindle or as a PDF.
TrustedHousesitters – If you want to give housesitting a try them we recommend signing up with TrustedHousesitters who have many listings all around the world and will send you daily alerts with the latest house sits.
Hammocks and Hard Drives: The Tech Guide for Digital Nomads – An essential read for anyone who works on the road (or who wants to). Dave Dean’s Kindle ebook covers everything from choosing gear, setting up a robust backup system, security, useful apps, and more. The section on improving a WiFi connection is gold.
True Traveller Insurance – We’ve used a number of different travel insurance companies in the past but have been using True Traveller for the last few years. They are good value, allow you to purchase insurance when you are already travelling, and don’t require a return ticket as many companies do, so are ideal for long term travellers and digital nomads. It’s only available for citizens of the UK and Europe, so for everyone else we recommend the well respected company World Nomads.
Airbnb – Our favourite site for renting apartments around the world. It’s especially good value in Europe and North America where a whole apartment is usually cheaper than a hotel. If you sign up using this link you’ll get $25 credit towards your first stay.
Backblaze – Backing up in the cloud is essential in case you lose your laptop and hard drive. We use Backblaze which only costs $5 a month for unlimited data and is really easy to use, automatically backing up everything on our laptops. The initial backup does take weeks (depending on your internet speed) but now new documents and changes are backed up quickly.
Dropbox – Another good option for backing up in the cloud which we use for backing up some files. All our iPhone photos automatically get backed up to Dropbox using their camera upload feature. A free account gives you 2GB of space and if you sign up with this link you’ll get an extra 500MB for free.
Booking.com – Our favourite website for searching for hotels. It’s easy to use, has lots of great deals, and unlike many hotel search engines there are no booking fees or hidden costs.
Witopia – This VPN allows us to change our computer’s location so we can use Netflix and BBC iPlayer to stream TV whatever country we’re in, and access banned websites in countries like Vietnam and China. It’s also good for security, especially on unsecured networks. Sign up with this link and you’ll get a 15% discount.
Travel Gear We Love
As digital nomads being able to work from anywhere is essential for us. This is the equipment we use and recommend.
Macbook Pro Retina 15 inch Laptop – Simon switched to a Mac before we left to travel and is so glad he did. It is a much more efficient system than a PC – everything just runs smoother, more easily and you don’t have to worry about constant updates and anti-virus protection. He started with a Macbook Pro 13 inch but switched to the Retina as it’s better for design and development work. He loves that Retina display!
Macbook Air 11 inch Laptop – Erin started off with an Asus Eee PC but it wasn’t powerful enough or the screen large enough for serious photo editing so she switched to a Macbook Air and absolutely loves it. We think it’s the perfect travel laptop as it’s powerful and fast but ultra thin and light.
Western Digital My Passport 1TB Hard Drive – Incredibly small and light yet sturdy this is perfect for backing up when travelling (which you are doing, right?).
Olympus OM-D EM-5 mirrorless camera & 14-42mm kit lens – I switched from a Canon DSLR to a mirrorless camera in July 2013 and reduced my gear weight by 33%. I haven’t missed the SLR at all, in fact the EM-5 is a much better camera especially in low light. I think mirrorless cameras are the perfect compromise for travellers between quality and weight. You can read more about my move from SLR to mirrorless here.
Panasonic 20mm f1.7 pancake lens – I love this lens. It’s tiny, light and great in low light, especially for food photography.
iPhone 6 – We love it for the excellent camera, internet on the go, built in GPS, and using it as a personal hotspot for our laptops when we don’t have internet. We bought it unlocked and use local pay as you go SIM cards. Read our iPhone 6 review and our favourite apps.
Kindle Paperwhite – A must for travelling bookworms. It saves a huge amount of weight and space in your luggage, and gives you access to thousands of books, not just the John Grisham novels in the hostel book collection. Read our original Kindle for travellers review for more advantages and our Kindle Paperwhite review.
For more of our favourite resources see 33 Useful Resources for Digital Nomads.
We travel with just one carry-on sized backpack each. In 2014 we got new bags and you can see the full review of both here.
Tortuga Travel Backpack – Designed by travellers, for travellers, and it shows. The Tortuga is a spacious carry-on backpack that maximises the amount you can carry, while still meeting airline size restrictions. It has good back and hip belt padding, a laptop sleeve, lots of pockets, and a simple neutral design.
Osprey Farpoint 40 – The Tortuga is perfect for Simon but a bit too big for me. The Osprey Farpoint 40 has plenty of space, a laptop sleeve, and a very supportive frame and hip belt.
We travel with just carry-on luggage so all our toiletries need to be under 100ml. These products make this easier and mean we aren’t lugging around heavy bottles.
Lush solid shampoo bars – These are small but last ages and work as both shampoo and shower gel. Best of all they are solid so no chance of leaks.
Shaving Oil – Simon has never gone back to foam after discovering shaving oil. It comes in a tiny bottle and lasts for ages (9 months shaving every 2-3 days).
Riemann once a day suncream – This comes in 100ml bottles and lasts much longer than usual suncreams as you only need to apply it once a day. It’s great for water sports.
Mooncup – I think this is essential for travelling women. It takes up less space than tampons (and you don’t have to worry about finding them) and is better for the environment, your body, and your wallet.
Our Complete Packing List
To find out exactly what’s in our backpacks see our complete packing list. Also check out our tips on how to travel long term with only carry-on luggage and our guide to the best carry-on backpacks.
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