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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!

Our Promise

We only endorse products and services we personally use, have used, or have thoroughly reviewed and find helpful. We’ve turned down more requests for shoddy endorsements and sponsorships than we can count! If it’s listed on our resources page then we truly use (or have used), like, and recommend the product or service, affiliate link or not!


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Lodging

Trusted Housesitters - The platform where homeowners meet house sitters, for a win-win exchange of services!

Airbnb - From luxury homes to budget rooms, find a place to stay on your next trip.

Hotels.com - A one-stop shop for finding a hotel within your budget at your next destination.

CouchSurfing - More than a free place to crash, Couch Surfing is a community!

Hotel Tips and Hacks for the Digital Nomad and Long-Term Traveler - See how to make the most of your hotel stay when your traveling full time and working remotely!

Work Exchanges

WWOOF - “WorldWide Opportunities on Organic Farms, (WWOOF) is part of a worldwide movement linking visitors with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange thereby helping to build a sustainable global community.”

Help Exchange - “HelpX is an online listing of organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.”

WorkAway.info - “Workaway.info is a site set up to promote fair exchange and friendship as well as volunteering and work opportunities. Connecting culture seekers, budget travellers and language learners with families, individuals or organisations that are looking for help with a range of varied and interesting activities.”

Airport Lounges

Priority Pass - Access to 1,300+ airport lounges may mean you’ll start to look forward to layovers!

Lounge Buddy - Make the best of your airport lounge access and layover with Lounge Buddy’s user reviews and images!

Transportation

Google Flights - Our favorite thing on Google Flights is the “Explore Destinations” feature which shows you the costs of flights from your departure location. So you can see all the destinations that are in your budget!

Skyscanner - Type your destination as “Everywhere” and Skyscanner will give give you all your options, which you can sort from cheapest to most expensive!

Lyft - Gig economy ride sharing and taxi 2.0, sign up through our link and get a credit for your next ride!

Uber - Gig economy ride sharing and taxi 2.0, sign up through our link and get a credit for your next ride!

Terravision - Italian coach service that offers city to city and city to airport transfers at a fraction of the price. Sit back and enjoy the scenery!

Omio (formerly GoEuro) - Generally speaking we go directly to the service provider to purchase transportation tickets. However, we found on several occasions that Omio (formerly GoEuro) had cheaper tickets (like in Faversham and in Glasgow)!

Megabus - Sometimes the best way to get from point A to B is by bus, and Megabus fits your budget without giving up comfort.

Rome2Rio - Rome2Rio breaks down every method of travel from point A to B and even estimates the costs!

Travel Insurance and International Medical Insurance

Allianz Travel Insurance

IMGlobal - Insurance for travelers and expats.

Cigna Global - International medical insurance.

Phone, Data, SIM

Google Fi - Stop paying outrageous roaming or carrier data fees. Google Fi has expansive coverage and a great price, whether you’re at home or across the world!


 
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Our Gear

Packing Lists (His and Hers) - His and Her pack lists of what we actually carry in our 36 L backpacks (2.5 years and counting!).

What We Don't Pack - Ever seen a gear list with items that make you wonder if they’re really necessary? We explain why we don’t carry some of the commonly recommended gear items.

Detailed and Perfected Gear List - Looking for more than just a list of items. We detail the items in our packs and why we love them!

Packing and Gear Tips - Once you have your gear there’s a bit more to it than just stuffing your bag full. We share our packing tips!

Carry-On Only (Onebag) Travel Tips for Women - First hand tips and tricks for women who do or aspire to travel with a carry-on only bag (‘onebag’). Our three part series covers Makeup, Feminine Hygiene and Toiletries, and Clothing, Accessories, and Packing!

Our Backpack

Osprey Manta AG 36L - No travel backpack is perfect (trust us, we tried to find it!), but this one comes pretty close (for our needs).

YouTube Review - Our video review and unboxing of our Osprey Manata AG 36L bacpack!

Finding The Travel Backpack We Call Home - We breakdown all of the options in looking for a travel backpack and explain what features we needed, which ones we wanted, and what were our deal-breakers.

Purchasing Gear

REI - Known for a great return policy, high quality products, and great deals at their outlet stores and during their Garage Sale!

Eddie Bauer - A bit pricey but totally worth it as their products are known for great quality and an unbelievable warranty!

Amazon - With Amazon Prime we get the items we need shipped to us in a couple of days, no matter where we are (within the US).

EzContacts - Have a re-supply of contacts or new glasses delivered to you!

DIY (Do It Yourself) Gear

DIY | How to Hack $30+ Packing Cubes - See how we DIY our packing cubes!

DIY Lockable Zippers for Travel Backpacks | Secure Your Bag! - Learn how to make your travel backpack more secure with our video walk-through.

Velcro and Hidden Pockets DIY | Stop Pick-pocketing and Item Loss! - DIY your hidden pockets and add Velcro to keep your belongings safer!

DIY Travel Liquid Container Hack for Minimalists - Save weight and space with our lightweight and collapsible travel liquid container hack!


 
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Hilton Ascend (American Express) - 150,000 Hilton Points when you spend $3,000 in the first three months. Easily worth the $95 annual fee (not Waived the first year).

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant (American Express) - 100,000 Bonus Bonvoy points when you spend $5,000 in the first three months. Plus, no annual fee!

Blue Cash Everyday (American Express) - $200 Statement Credit when you spend $1,000 in the first three months. Annual fee of $450.

Amex EveryDay (American Express) - 15,000 Membership Rewards Points when you spend $1,000 in the first three months. Plus, no annual fee!

Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Visa (Chase) - 40,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards when you spend $1,000 in the first three months. Well worth the $99 annual fee (not Waived the first year).


 
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Point and Mile Tracking

Award Wallet - Tracks frequent flyer miles and hotel points. You’ve earned them, so be sure not to loose them!

Point and Mile Earning

Plastiq - Plastiq let’s you pay a large number of bills or service with a credit card! So now you can earn miles, points, and cash back even on services that don’t traditionally accept credit cards (like rent!).

Using Reward Points

The Ultimate Mattress Run | Hacking Hotel Rewards for Free Rooms with Hilton! - See how we stayed at Hilton properties for 41 nights earning more points than we paid and extending our Diamond Elite status for another year for virtually free!

Award Travel | Category 1, 2, & 3 Hotel Maps: Hilton, Radisson, Marriott/SPG, Hyatt - Learn how to make your hotel reward points go further by using our free worldwide hotel maps!

Tips, Tricks, and Hacks to Make the Most of Your Elite Hotel Status! - Once you have elite status with a hotel chain, making the most of it isn’t as straight forward as one might think.


 
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Finding Remote Jobs

FlexJobs - Use promo code FRIEND30 for up to 30% off!

Power To Fly

Working Nomads

We Work Remotely

Remotely Awesome Jobs

Hacker News Jobs

United Nations Development Jobs

Flex Jobs

The Training Associates

Remote OK

For even more job boards visit Lukasz Maddon’s Awesome Remote Job GitHub page!

Business Solution Apps

Time Management

Asana - Whether personal or professional, Asana has everything you need to keep each of your projects organized and running smoothly.

Active Collab - A project management tool that has everything you need to keep you projects on time, within scope, and on budget.

Slack - Working remotely means communication is vital for project success. Communicate with your team seamlessly with Slack!

Time Tracking and Billing

TimeSolv - Time tracking and billing software that may be marketed towards attorneys but is the perfect solution for any successful consultant. Sign up for the free 30-day trial and see how simple time tracking and invoicing can be!

Freshbooks - It’s not just an invoice and expense tracking software. You can also track time, projects, and more. If you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur and digital nomad, then this is the software you want to checkout. You can’t go wrong with the free trial and low cost monthly plans!

Video Chat

Appear.in - Our go-to video chat solution because all you need is the link. That’s right, nothing to download and install, just create a room and give your room link to whoever you want to chat with!


 
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Cashback Shopping

Mr. Rebates - Earn cashback on your online purchases, and since no portal is the ‘best, be sure to signup for more than one program for maximum savings!

BeFrugal - Earn cashback on your online purchases, and since no portal is the ‘best, be sure to signup for more than one program for maximum savings!

eBates - Earn cashback on your online purchases, and since no portal is the ‘best, be sure to signup for more than one program for maximum savings!

Bank Accounts

Simple - A bank account that’s truly simple and has no fees which is especially useful when on the go. Who needs four walls when you can bank straight from your phone?!

Schwab High Yield Investor Checking Account - The best account for international and digital nomad travel. Worldwide and unlimited reimbursed ATM fees, no minimum balance or monthly service fees, free online bill pay and paper checks, and FDIC insured!

Financially Independent, Retire Early (FI/RE)

Financially Independent, Retire Early (FI/RE) for the Rest of Us - See how just about anyone can pursue FI/RE. You don’t need to be an engineer and make $100K+to reach FI/RE (although of course it helps)!

Our Budget for 1 Year of Continual Travel Abroad | 3 Continents, 23 Countries, and 60 Cities… and You Spent How Much?! - Full-time and continuous travel isn’t as costly as you might think!


 
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Domain Registration

NameSilo - No hidden fees and no renewal up charges, just inexpensive domains with free lifetime WHOIS privacy! We’ve used them from the beginning and have never hard any complaints.

Design

Creative Market - Every design asset you could possibly need for your online presence. Plus, check back weekly for six new and free downloads!

Envato.Elements - Access photos, graphics, video, music, fonts, templates and more for a low monthly fee. If you’ve spent time searching for ‘free’ graphics and photos, you’ll quickly see the value in this service and be blown away by the low cost!

Fotor - A free online picture editor and designer with an easy to use interface and great templates. Our favorite thing about Fotor are the creative and fun photo collages! Unlocking Fotor Pro gives you access to even more templates and easy to use editing features.

Canva - If you’re looking to create physical or digital graphic designs, Canva should be your go to site. Their free accounts allow you to save your work, uploaded graphics, and offer tons of free templates!

BeFunky - An online picture editor, designer, and collage maker. If you’re looking for the simplest and fastest way to make a photo collage, BeFunky is the way to go. Their Collage Wizard tool will automatically generate the perfect collages with some or all of your pictures!

Affiliate Marketing

AWIN

Shareasale

Rakuten

CJ (formermerly Commission Junction)

Amazon

AvantLink


 
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Secure Web Browsing

Private Internet Access (VPN) - 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+, we stay securely connected.

DuckDuckGo - Block advertising trackers and keep your search history private all while still using Google search!

Secure Messaging

Signal - Free and truly secure messaging (text, video, images, voice and HD calls!). We use Signal for all of our communications including sensitive documents and conversations.

Secure Payments

Privacy - Keep your credit card number private with Privacy. Create virtual credit card numbers for a specific merchant or dollar amount!


 
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Fubo - Get access to the TV you want, including your favorite local sports teams (use a VPN to bypass Geo blocking)!

Parsec - Play, watch, and share video games (even consoles with a bit more setup) across the internet with your friends!

AudioBooks - No time to sit and read a book? Start listening to books while you travel, get ready for the day, exercise, or whenever you have a few extra minutes. Plus, download your first book free!

Audible - No time to sit and read a book? Start listening to books while you travel, get ready for the day, exercise, or whenever you have a few extra minutes. Plus your first two audible books are free!