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Resources

 

Over the years we've filled our 'toolbox' with tools, resources, hacks, DIY ideas, and much, much more. We're sharing some of our favorites that we've found, researched, used, and made. Use them, build on them, and please share them with others!

 
 

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Airbnb

Lodging redefined! With over four million homes in 191 countries, and the opportunity to live like locals, with Airbnb we've always found awesome accommodations. We use Airbnb as a companion to traditional hotels and house sitting. Whether we intend to rent a shared space, a private bedroom, splurge and rent a whole apartment, or want frugal or luxury. Airbnb has us covered!

Use our link to get $40 off your first stay!

AwardWallet

With AwardWallet we're able to manage all of our travel hacking points and miles and make the best of them from one sleek dashboard! AwardWallet securely stores your account information (1024 RSA key's, bcrypt, and cost:13), auto-updates your account balances weekly, alerts you three months before your points/miles expire, and sends you travel itinerary reminders and updates. To top it off, you can also track accounts of friends and family members.

Mr. Rebates

We're minimalist at heart, but when we do choose to buy something why not get cash back on our purchases?

With over 2,500 online retailers, Mr. Rebates offers up to 30% cash back on your purchases! Plus, take advantage of special bonus offers with 'Store of the Week' and 'Weekly Deals'. For extra savings we combine merchant coupons, cash back offers, and credit card rewards in the same transaction!

Bonus Tip: Stack Mr. Rebates with credit card offers (like American Express, Chase, or Bank of America deals)!

Priority Pass

For digital nomad and long-term travelers like us, the easiest way to upgrade our travel experience is with Priority Pass! Escape the hard seats, expensive restaurants, and chaos of the airport. Upgrade to lounge access that generally includes premium WiFi, food, snacks, and comfortable seating. Select lounges even offer complimentary showers and sleeping pods!

With more than 1000 airport lounges, frequent travelers are guaranteed a warm welcome almost anywhere their travel takes them, regardless of the airline they fly or ticket class they hold. 

 

Private Internet Access

High-speed, encrypted, anonymous, censorship and content bypass VPN Service. From staying protected on public Wi-Fi, to stopping your internet service provider from monitoring and selling your browsing habits.

PIA is our go to VPN service. It allows five simultaneous connections and works on all of our devices. Whether we're online for work or for leisure, with over 3,200 servers, and 37 locations across 25 countries (and growing), we stay securely connected where ever we are.

Project Fi

Google's answer to cell phone service is Project Fi. Its innovative payment model is shaking things up, letting consumers actually pay for what they use, no more no less. It's great for just about anyone, but especially long-term international travelers. 

Project Fi is our answer to international data, eliminating the need to find a new SIM card in each country we visit. When entering a country, our phone works immediately, and we're not paying outrageously high fees for throttled or limited data, or for international roaming. 

Simple

FDIC insured banking re-imagined! Simple offers the ability to create saving goals (including an emergency fund) to easily help you budget for and track your purchases. From once in a lifetime dreams, to everyday items, you're covered! We love that we have the ability to remotely deposit checks and money orders, and lock our ATM card from within the mobile app. Plus, the UI (user interface) of the Simple website and mobile app is one of the best we've seen. All this and much more with ZERO fees. That's right! No minimum balance requirements, no maintenance, overdraft or monthly fees, and they even offer fee-free transfers and debit card replacement!

StartPage

We appreciate our privacy, but we love the convenience and results of Google. StartPage is a solution that let's us have both!

StartPage combines the award winning Ixquick search engine with the Web search results from Google. The combination of these two features is what makes StartPage so special, and uniquely different.

 
 

TrustedHousesitters

Find the perfect home & pet sitter. View references, video profiles and relevant house & pet sitting experience.

TrustedHousesitters is, in our opinion, the best site for house sitting. It's been instrumental in our finding house sitting opportunities around the world.

Uber

We've used Uber all over the world. It's a great option in places where you want a private car, it's too early/late for public transportation, or you need to get somewhere quickly.

Use our link and get your first ride free!

 

 
 

One can steal ideas, but no one can steal execution or passion.
— Tim Ferris, Author
Sometimes time spent reinventing the wheel results in a revolutionary new rolling device. But sometimes it just amounts to time spent reinventing the wheel.
— Steve Krug, Author
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel... just steal the hubcaps.
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