Gear and Resources

Our Products

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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 TravelHow 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-book-1024x691Break 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

cshowTrustedHousesitters – 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.

TMA-HHD-coverHammocks 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.

sugarsyncSugarSync - We love this service for backing up our important data in the cloud. It enables us to access our files anywhere from any device, including both of our laptops, and we can easily share large files with others. You get 5GB of space free and the prices for larger storage are very reasonable. If you sign up for a free account with this link we both get an extra 500MB of space free!

Dropbox – Another good option for backing up in the cloud which we also 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 we’ll both get an extra 500MB for free.

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.

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.

Travel Gear We Love

Computer Equipment

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 500Gb Hard DriveIncredibly small and light yet sturdy this is perfect for backing up when travelling. We now have a 1TB version as well.

Photography

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. 

Other Technology

iPhone 5 – We’d been travelling for nearly three years when we finally bought a phone. Not that we use it as a phone but we love it for the excellent camera, internet on the go, built in GPS and Siri. We bought it unlocked and use local pay as you go SIM cards. Read our full iPhone 5 review.

Kindle - We were hesitant at first, but books are so heavy and difficult to find when travelling that we ordered a Kindle after 10 months of travel. We went for the 3G version so we can access email for free wherever we are. It truly is amazing that we can fit thousands of books (many available for free) on such a small and light device. It’s a pleasure to read on. Read our full Kindle for travellers review for more advantages.

For more of our favourite resources see 33 Useful Resources for Digital Nomads.

Backpacks

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.

Toiletries

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 barsThese 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 OilSimon 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 suncreamThis 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.

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.

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