As much as I prefer to be humble and tend to talk myself down, I sometimes need to take a step back and have some gratitude. With all the amazing places I’ve been, experiences I’ve experienced, and crowds I’ve performed for, I have lived a charmed life.
I think that maybe the best thing I can do for you is to share the resources and products that have been most important to me as I’ve developed over the past few years. Some will help you travel more/better. Some might help you learn how to make money. Some are more on the personal development side. Any way it goes, I’m totally on board with everything on this page. Check it out!
Earnest Affiliate – This course on affiliate marketing teaches the whole process, all the way from how to start a blog to how to earn money through affiliate links. It also has sections on how to popularize your posts through simple SEO, social media tools, and writing in a way that people want to share.
The Art of Charm – I bet you always wondered how I got so witty and charming, didn’t you? Uh… no? Ok. Well anyway, this is my go-to resource for learning about communication skills. There are episodes about everything from body language and vocal tonality to dating skills to business and entrepreneurship. The host, Jordan Harbinger is quick and knowledgable and he brings in a variety of really awesome guests. Early episodes are clearly geared more toward men, but lately it’s been a lot more balanced. There are several episodes a week and honestly, I can barely keep up with all the cool, free content they put out there.
Location Indie Podcast – This is the joining of two hosts (Jason and Travis from their respective Zero To Travel and Extra Pack of Peanuts podcasts) who know an awful lot about traveling and have been an inspiration as people who have made it to the status of digital nomad. They have committed their business model to helping other people get to the point where they can travel on their own terms for as long as they want, earning from anywhere. Good dudes. Fun podcast.
The Tim Ferriss Podcast – Tim Ferriss is the godfather of digital nomads, and many people have started that particular journey by reading his book, The Four Hour Workweek. In his podcast, he does long-form interviews (often about two hours) with some of the world’s top performers in their respective fields. What’s cool about this is that he dives deep into what their personal routines and regimens are, trying to suss out what it is that makes great people great.
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich – Tim Ferriss’s book. After hearing so many long term travelers and digital nomads mention this book on podcasts or on blogs, I had to go get a copy for myself. I won’t say that every single plan he lays out is exactly applicable to everyone, but OHMYGOSH did it open my eyes to what’s possible. There are life-changing sections on productivity and priority setting.
May I Have Your Attention, Please? Your Guide to Business Writing That Charms, Captivates and Converts – Mish Slade’s smart, quick book on writing business copy in a way that showcases personality and makes text jump out. Lots of actionable tips!
Anxious to Please: 7 Revolutionary Practices for the Chronically Nice – I found this book at the right time. It won’t apply to everyone, but for those of us who have placed a huge burden on relationships to define our individual identity, there’s a lot of good information on how to refocus on yourself in a compassionate way. It’s not a cynical book on how being mean or machiavellian is the only way to function. It’s a framework of how to redefine relationships in a healthier, more equal way.
I’m going to include links just for posterity here, but these are things I recommend downloading on your mobile device if you’re going to do any significant amount of traveling.
HERE Wego Maps – Here Maps is my personal favorite maps app. Google maps is great too, but what I like about Here is that you can download the map for an entire state or country and then have access to it offline. This app has saved my ass so many times when traveling in places where I didn’t have access to wifi/mobile data. If you are connected though, it has an exceptional amount of built in information about public transit routes.
Google Translate – The technology around this app is insane. You can speak into it, type, or even just point it at a sign and it translates directly onscreen. It has facilitated many, many conversations between people who don’t share a language. It’s also super handy in situations where you’re trying to figure public transportation signage.
Airbnb – The ability for people to rent out their homes to guests has completely changed the way people book accommodations while they travel. I’ve stayed in a couple now, and though it can be a little strange at first to be staying in someone’s house while they’re not there, it’s often a really great deal. The app is straightforward and great. If you use my link for your first booking, we both get $35 off! Wow!
Generally, I prefer traveling light (As Thoreau said, “Simplify, simplify.”), but there are a few necessities that I find unavoidable.
Tortuga Travel Backpack – I scoured the internet for the perfect backpack, and this is the one I came up with. In fact, I wrote and recorded a whole review of it. It’s designed for city travel rather than hiking, but it’s perfectly sized to be a carry-on (I hate checking bags) and it has all the right pockets. I’m excited to lug it around the world.
Apple MacBook Air 13.3-Inch Laptop – Not everyone is going to be traveling with a laptop, but if you have the funds and expect to be working as a digital nomad, this is the one I’d recommend. Powerful and lightweight.
If you have any questions, or you’d like to learn more about something, always feel free to shoot me an email.