Here’s the stuff we’ve used to make our travels go smoothly. Because we travel as light as possible, the things we do carry have to be exceptional. These are those things.
Icebreaker clothing: These are made of Merino wool. Why is this important? Because they need to be washed less often and don’t smell! John’s underwear and T-shirts are all Icebreaker, and it’s been fantastic. Usually his shirts would smell after one day, and this would be a problem in most countries where water is a scarce resource (and dryers are non-existent).
Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpacks: The rest of the world isn’t very accommodating towards huge suitcases. Pull-behind suitcases are incredibly impractical in other countries. Planes are downsizing their carry-on requirements (international requirements are smaller than US domestic), and international hotels don’t have any space. Having a bag that allows you to carry-on rather than check (saving money!) as well as being easy to pack is important. We tried out these Osprey bags and haven’t looked back. They have several pouches to separate things like laptops and toiletries, and conform to international standards of carry-on luggage. Alicia is traveling with the small/medium in charcoal and John the medium/large in mud red.
GoPro Hero 3 Silver: Most of the pictures you see on this blog are taken by the GoPro Hero 3 Silver edition camera. Fantastic for taking scenery shots with the wide angle lens. Extraordinary for taking action video while underwater(!) or sliding down sand dunes on boogie boards. Extremely resilient, versatile, and small, it can serve as your primary camera. Poor in very low light conditions, but this is a relatively small example. For example, in caves it won’t even register a photo while our iPhone 5S’s could capture some clear shots.
Mia 2 Clarisonic Face Cleanser: Traveling with creams and soaps is hard with the liquid restrictions. Alicia swears by this device to keep her face clean and clear for all the travel selfies.
Travel Power Adapters: I don’t know why every country has to have its’ own plug-ins, but they do. This has worked in all the countries we’ve come across, for less than $10!
Kindle Paperwhite: We’ve grown attached to our little “paperweight”, as we call it, for the very simple reason that it keeps its’ battery life forever and it’s easy to reach on the beach. Phones and Kindle Fires are very hard to read in bright sun and often suffer from low battery. It’s truly a “first world problem”: we spend so much time in the sun that we need a special e-reader!
DJI Phantom 2: This quadcopter is known as “drone”. It’s tremendous fun to fly and will go a mile in any direction while it sends live video back to you on its’ location. The problem is that some countries don’t really appreciate them. I got my quad confiscated in Peru, and while they did give it back to me I shipped it home before taking it to another country. I highly recommend the DJI Phantom 2 for its’ ability, but you shouldn’t travel with one.
People often ask us: “What do you do?”. Here are some the books that helped us break free from the 9-5 and tour the world while working only 1-2 days per week. YES it’s possible, because we did it. And so can you.
4-Hour Work Week: Tim Ferris explains how we conform to society even though we could have so much more. Filled with practical advice about how to achieve your dreams and travel the world while making money. I cannot, cannot, cannot recommend this book enough. A month after Alicia quit her job, she was earning more while working far less.
4-Hour Body: Tim Ferris is a leader in “lifestyle design”, which is how to create the life you want. We stay fit on our trip and even lose weight thanks to the advice in this book.
Choose Yourself: Similar to the 4 Hour Work Week, James Altucher preaches building the life you want rather than live the life you think you have to live. While James does stray into odd territory at times, he’s very convincing to get you moving towards your own goals.