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Top 5 Most/Least Useful Travel Items

Top Travel Items Gear Gadgets

I guess I’m what you’d call an anti-hoarder. I love to get rid of things. Whether I donate them to charity, sell them on eBay, gift them to friends, or send them straight to the bin, I just can’t stand having useless things around me. … Continue reading →

Smart Phones for Travel: HTC Desire HD vs iPhone 4

HTC Desire HD vs iPhone 4

For the past seven months, we’ve travelled without a mobile phone. And we generally haven’t needed one, especially with access to Skype. Our families and friends all use Skype, and even when they’re not online, it only costs us 2 cents per minute to call … Continue reading →

HOW TO: Travel the World Cheaper, Take Perfect Photos & Write Poetically

We’ve compiled our favorite products & services to help improve your travels out in 2011. All are created by professional travelers specifically for intrepid travelers. What’s more, these guys are Masters of travel. So rather than trawling Google aimlessly, you’ll be learning directly from experts. There’s one … Continue reading →

HOW TO: Choose a Backpack for RTW Travel

How To Choose a Backpack for RTW Travel

This isn’t one of those ‘How To Choose a Backpack‘ guides that presents millions of options for hundreds of scenarios. No, instead, I want to give you very few options based on my personal experience with just one scenario, round-the-world (RTW) travel. No matter how … Continue reading →

Non-Travel Books to Inspire a Life of Travel

Books to Inspire Travel

If I think back to what inspired me to travel, it had very little to do with reading about others’ adventures. Sure I loved stepping into the shoes of climbers on towering peaks and donning the suits of divers in circuitous caves, but those stories … Continue reading →

The Grocery List of Travelling Champions

Travel Food Grocery List

For us long-term travellers, eating out every night is expensive and generally unhealthy. There are some exceptions, such as in certain regions of Asia, but they’re rarer than you’d think. So we need to find a balance between cost, convenience, taste and healthiness. It’s difficult … Continue reading →

Finally, a Pocketable Prosumer Travel Camera

Samsung TL350 (WB2000) Review

I recently spoke about ditching our Panasonic Lumix LX3 for the new Samsung TL350. The simple reason is the LX3 is not pocketable. To me, a non-pocketable camera doesn’t really qualify as compact, especially for travel. While my last review of the Samsung TL350 (WB2000) … Continue reading →

A Hidden Gem of a Compact Travel Camera

Panasonic LX3 Travel Camera

My previous favourite compact travel camera was the Panasonic Lumix LX3/LX5. It has a fast (F2.0) and wide (24mm) lens, shoots HD video, is a joy to handle, all with very good image quality. It’s still a cult classic after more than 2 years, but … Continue reading →

HOW TO: Equip Yourself as A Digital Nomad

Universal Power Adaptor

The digital nomad movement isn’t new, but it’s becoming more and more popular as people realise there’s no point deferring all of life’s fun until retirement. We tried to convince you of this in a previous post, 7 compelling reasons to become a digital nomad. (Hopefully … Continue reading →

Carry-On-Only: We Tried, We Succeeded… Sort Of

Carry-On Items

We’ve written a lot about the carry-on-only philosophy in which you only travel the world with carry-on baggage. The purpose isn’t just to avoid lost bagage or the wait after a flight, but to instill a discipline that leads to more enjoyable global adventures. You … Continue reading →

3 Secrets to Buying a Great Travel Camera

Travel Camera

When it comes to casual travel photography, there’s an enormous difference between retail advice, professional advice and practical advice. That’s because a typical camera shop employee (or professional photographer) isn’t your typical Globetrooper. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it means you need to look … Continue reading →

Be Ruthless: Throw it or Keep Paying for it

Be Ruthless

A successful and indispensable career, two-storey designer house, an Aston in the three-car garage and abundant entertainment areas. It is a dream for many, yet I’m so so glad we’ve failed in reaching those targets. The three rooms of our minuscule apartment have turned into … Continue reading →

Love at First Sight: Tom Bihn’s Tri-Star

Tom Bihn Tri-Star

I’ve developed a little obsession with the carry-on-only philosophy of travel. It basically means I love the challenge of travelling with nothing but carry-on luggage. There are times when it’s just not practical (destinations with sub-Arctic temperatures), but it mostly provides for a more rewarding … Continue reading →